Adrian Pasdar

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
A talented actor with exotic good looks, Adrian Pasdar bucked convention with his maverick approach to career-building. Debuting as a handsome fighter pilot in "Top Gun" (1986), Pasdar earned his stripes as a 1980s cult ... Read more »
Born: 04/30/1965 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (59)

Colony 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2014 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Marvel's Avengers Assemble 2012 - 2016 (TV Show)

Voice

Ultimate Spider-Man 2011 - 2016 (TV Show)

Voice

Rosewood 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The After 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Phineas and Ferb 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Run 2013 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

The Lying Game 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chasing Leprechauns 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Political Animals 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Castle 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Heroes 2007 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Heroes: Countdown to the Premiere 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Home Movie 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Touched By an Angel 1997 - 1998, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Desperate Housewives 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Judging Amy 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crossing the Line 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Secondhand Lions 2003 (Movie)

Skeet Machine Salesman (Actor)

Mysterious Ways 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

We Met on the Vineyard 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Wounded 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

A Brother's Kiss 1997 (Movie)

Doper (Actor)

Feds 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Ties to Rachel 1997 (Movie)

The Champ (Actor)

Profit 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pompatus of Love 1996 (Movie)

Josh (Actor)

The Last Good Time 1995 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

The Mother 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Just Like a Woman 1994 (Movie)

Gerald/Geraldine (Actor)

Carlito's Way 1993 (Movie)

Frankie (Actor)

The Ghost Brigade 1992 (Movie)

Captain John Harling (Actor)

Shanghai 1920 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Torn Apart 1990 (Movie)

Ben Arnon (Actor)

Vital Signs 1990 (Movie)

Michael Chatham (Actor)

Cookie 1989 (Movie)

Vito (Actor)

Near Dark 1987 (Movie)

Caleb (Actor)

Made in U.S.A. 1986 (Movie)

Dar (Actor)

Solarbabies 1986 (Movie)

Darstar (Actor)

Streets of Gold 1986 (Movie)

Timmy Boyle (Actor)

Top Gun 1986 (Movie)

Chipper (Actor)

A Mother's Gift (TV Show)

Actor

Big Time (TV Show)

Actor

Grand Isle (TV Show)

Actor

House of Frankenstein 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Mutiny (TV Show)

Actor

Shadows of Desire (TV Show)

Actor

Slave of Dreams (TV Show)

Actor

The Lost Capone (TV Show)

Actor

The Perfect Getaway (TV Show)

Actor

The Terror Beneath (TV Show)

Actor

Touched By Evil (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

Cement 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

A talented actor with exotic good looks, Adrian Pasdar bucked convention with his maverick approach to career-building. Debuting as a handsome fighter pilot in "Top Gun" (1986), Pasdar earned his stripes as a 1980s cult heartthrob with roles in the teen sci-fi adventure "Solarbabies" (1986) and Kathryn Bigelow's classic vampire Western "Near Dark" (1987). Unlike many of his more ambitious contemporaries, Pasdar proved willing to tackle unusual roles - such as a transvestite banker in the British indie comedy "Just Like a Woman" (1992) - and to take breaks from Hollywood, including a recuperative stint as a waiter/cashier at a New York diner. A small but juicy part in "Carlito's Way" (1993) served as a reminder of Pasdar's potential, and he wowed critics as the titular, amoral businessman on the groundbreaking dark dramedy "Profit" (Fox, 1995-96). Pasdar's star hummed along quietly as he married alpha Dixie Chick Natalie Maines, starred on the cult fave "Mysterious Ways" (NBC, 2000: PAX-TV, 2000-02) and filmed guest spots on "Judging Amy" (CBS, 1999-2005) and "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004-2012). His profile soared, however, with a leading role on the megahit "Heroes" (NBC, 2006-2010) where he played Nathan Petrelli, a politician with the secret ability to fly. While Pasdar never fully reached the professional pinnacle his initial success seemed to promise, his surprising, quirky career choices hinted at the intelligent, offbeat persona behind the publicity - one that many fans continued to look forward to seeing in the most unexpected of places.

Relationships

Natalie Maines Song

Wife
Met in 1999 Married June 24, 2000

Homayoon Pasdar

Father
Born in Tehran, Iran Divorced from Pasdar's mother c. 1974

Rosemarie Pasdar

Mother
Born in Konigsberg, Germany; lived in Paris Divorced from Pasdar's father c. 1974

Beckett Pasdar

Son
Born July 14, 2004; mother, Natalie Maines

Jackson Pasdar

Son
Born March 15, 2001; mother, Natalie Maines

Anamarie Pasdar

Sister
Born c. 1973

Cecilia Peck Actor

Companion
Together from 1988-1990 Co-starred in "Torn Apart" (1990)

EDUCATION

Marple Newtown High School

Broomall, Pennsylvania 1983
Played football and soccer and participated in track; acted in "Barefoot in the Park" in his senior year

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
Badly injured in a car accident that terminated his football scholarship at end of freshman year

The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute

New York, New York

Milestones

2012

Played the U.S. President opposite Sigourney Weaver in USA Network miniseries "Political Animals"

2011

Acted in the ABC Family mystery drama series "The Lying Game"

2007

Co-wrote and co-directed the musical "Atlanta," which opened at the Geffen Playhouse

2006

Cast in the NBC series "Heroes" as Nathan Petrelli, a New York congressman with superpowers

2005

Guest starred on the ABC series "Desperate Housewives"

2003

Landed recurring role on courtroom drama "Judging Amy" (CBS)

2000

Directed first feature "Cement," a low-budget retelling of "Othello"; also co-produced

2000

Appeared in the Dixie Chicks music video "Goodbye Earl"

2000

Returned to series TV as co-star of "Mysterious Ways" (debuted on NBC and aired on PAX-TV)

1999

Landed featured role in the NBC based-on-fact drama "Mutiny," about the landmark 1940s case that resulted in the full integration of the U.S. military

1999

Helmed the music video "Barlight Barbright"

1997

Portrayed an L.A. detective in the two-part NBC miniseries "House of Frankenstein 1997"

1997

Cast in the ensemble of the CBS drama "Feds"; cancelled after only six episodes

1996

Acted in "A Brother's Kiss"

1996

Starred in title role of the critically-acclaimed but short-lived Fox series "Profit"

1995

Co-starred in "The Pompatus of Love"

1995

Film directing debut, the short "Beyond Belief"; screened at film festivals

1995

Played the Old Testament character of Joseph (of the coat of many-colors) in the Showtime biblical drama "Slave of Dreams"

1994

Co-starred with Anne Bancroft in the PBS remake of "Paddy Chayefsky's 'The Mother'"

1994

Cast as one of two brothers in love with the same woman in the CBS movie "Shadows of Desire"

1994

Played featured role of Olivia d'Abo's boyfriend in "The Last Good Time"; screened at festivals before receiving a theatrical release in 1995

1993

Landed featured role in the off-Broadway production of "Aven'u Boys"

1993

Acted in "Carlito's Way"

1992

Portrayed a transvestite involved with a British divorcee in the comedy "Just Like a Woman"

1990

Cast as one of a group of medical students in "Vital Signs"

1990

Cast as Jimmy Capone in the TNT biopic "The Lost Capone"

1989

TV acting debut, the "American Playhouse" production of "Big Time"

1989

Stopped acting for a year and spent a year travelling between Berlin and Paris; wrote an unpublished novel that was optioned by Steven Spielberg but never produced

1987

Landed breakthrough co-starring role in Kathryn Bigelow's cult vampire flick "Near Dark"

1986

Made film debut as a fighter pilot in "Top Gun"

1986

Appeared in "Solarbabies"

Dropped out of acting again and spent a year working as a cashier at a diner in NYC

After automobile accident derailed a football career, returned to Pennsylvania and apprenticed at the People's Light and Theatre Company as a tech intern

Reportedly considered for the role of Jake on the Fox primetime serial "Melrose Place" but wouldn't meet with producer Aaron Spelling

At age two, moved with family to Pennsylvania, first to Philadelphia and later to a suburb

Born in Massachusetts

Formed Bobcat Films

Bonus Trivia

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On Jan 27, 2010, Pasdar was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Los Angeles, CA and charged with a misdemeanor.

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