Adrian Pasdar

Adrian Pasdar

Born: April 30, 1965
Age: 56
Birthplace: Pittsfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
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Adrian Pasdar (born April 30, 1965)[1][2] is an American actor and voice artist. He is known for playing Jim Profit on the TV series Profit, for his roles in Near Dark, Carlito's Way, Mysterious Ways and as Nathan Petrelli on Heroes. Additionally, he directed the feature film Cement. Pasdar is the voice of Iron Man in Marvel Anime, as well as in the animated series, Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers Assemble(seasons 1-3).[3] He also played Alec Rybak, district attorney on The Lying Game and had a recurring role as Glenn Talbot / Graviton on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..

Pasdar was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.[1] His father, Homayoon Pasdar, was an Iranian American immigrant and cardiac surgeon, with a practice near Philadelphia. His mother, Rosemarie (née Sbresny),[4] worked as a travel agent.[2]

He has a sister, Anamarie Pasdar, a theatrical artistic director and producer.[2]



Early career

Pasdar turned his attention to campus stage productions and rediscovered an early interest in writing and acting. No longer able to play football, he dropped out of school and returned home, taking a job with a theater group, People's Light and Theatre Company. There he worked on sound and lighting as part of the stage crew responsible for set construction. He had a painful accident on the set, cutting off the end of his left thumb. His resulting medical compensation paid for attendance at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in New York City.

Pasdar was also selected to play a bit part as a police officer in the Dixie Chicks video for their song, "Goodbye Earl". The music video won both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association's Video of the Year Awards in 2000.


At the age of 19, he auditioned for a role in Top Gun. Director Tony Scott was so impressed that he wrote the part of "Chipper" just for him. This led to bigger roles in Solarbabies (1986), Streets of Gold (1986), and Kathryn Bigelow's cult vampire movie Near Dark (1987), with Pasdar in the lead role of Caleb Colton. Other major roles include Vital Signs (1990). Pasdar got his biggest break in movies, when he starred as a beautiful woman opposite Julie Walters in the British movie Just Like a Woman. In 1992, he left Hollywood and returned to New York, working as a cashier for room and board, while taking the occasional small part, such as Frankie in Brian De Palma's Carlito's Way (1993).

Adrian Pasdar wrote and directed the short film Beyond Belief and directed his first feature film, the art-house neo-noir Cement, a contemporary re-telling of Othello, in 1999. The $1.7 million independent feature, which won Best Picture awards on the festival circuit, starred Chris Penn, Jeffrey Wright, Sherilyn Fenn, Henry Czerny and was written by Farscape's screenwriter Justin Monjo. "I've used every ounce of energy and every drop of money I had to make Cement," Pasdar said.[5]


Pasdar's major break into television came in 1996, when he was cast as the title character on the Fox series Profit. He also guest starred in the 2 hour season finale of the fourth season of Touched by an Angel, "The Spirit of Liberty Moon". From 2000 to 2002, Pasdar played the lead role of Anthropology Professor Declan Dunn in the spooky cult drama series Mysterious Ways on PAX.

Pasdar played David McClaren in the final two seasons of the CBS drama Judging Amy, from 2003 through 2005. In 2006, he had a high-profile guest role as Gabrielle Solis's sleazy lawyer in Desperate Housewives.

He starred as Nathan Petrelli in the NBC superhero drama Heroes. Pasdar based his mysterious character on "the most morally liquid characters" that he's encountered in his life. The character is not based on one particular political figure, but on a melange of different ones, both good and bad.[6] Pasdar's character was killed off in an episode that aired November 30, 2009.[7]

Pasdar voices Hawkeye in the animated series The Super Hero Squad Show and voiced Captain America in the Black Panther animated series. Having also voiced Iron Man in the English dub of the Iron Man anime series, Pasdar reprised the role in Marvel's Avengers Assemble (seasons 1-3), Ultimate Spider-Man, and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H..[8]

Pasdar also played a role on The Lying Game as Alec Rybak, a corrupt district attorney. From 2014 to 2018, he played the recurring role of Glenn Talbot on the Marvel TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and, from 2016 to 2017, recurred as Nolan Burgess on the series Colony. He also starred in the pilot of the Amazon Studios series The After.[9] He also portrays the DC Comics character Morgan Edge in season 3 of The CW's Supergirl.[10]

Personal life

Pasdar married Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks on June 24, 2000.[2] They have two sons, Jackson Slade Pasdar (born March 15, 2001)[11] and Beckett Finn Pasdar (born July 14, 2004).[12] On July 5, 2017, Maines announced that she and Pasdar are divorcing after 17 years of marriage.[13][14]

Pasdar is a guitarist for charity rock band Band from TV. Part of the proceeds from the band's concerts go to his nominated charity, the Rush Epilepsy Center.[15]

Awards and nominations

Award Wins for Acting

  • 2009: Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films: Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in Television, Heroes[16]

Award Wins for Directing

  • 2000: AngelCiti film festival: Audience Award, Cement

Other Award Wins

  • 2009 (ensemble): Hollywood Note Foundation's Change the World Awards, Humanitarian Award of Inspiration: Band From TV[17]


Year Title Role Other notes
1986 Top Gun Lieutenant Charles "Chipper" Piper Film Debut
Solarbabies Darstar
Streets of Gold Timmy Boyle
1987 Made in U.S.A. Dar
Near Dark Caleb Colton
1989 Cookie Vito
1990 Torn Apart Ben Arnon
The Lost Capone Ricard Hart / Jimmy Capone Lead
Vital Signs Michael Chatham
1991 Shanghai 1920 Dawson Cole
Grand Isle Robert Lebrun
1992 Just Like a Woman Gerald Tilson / Geraldine
1993 Ghost Brigade Captain John Harling
Carlito's Way Frankie Taglialucci
1994 The Last Good Time Eddie
Shadows of Desire Jude Snow
1995 Slave of Dreams Joseph
A Mother's Gift William Deal
1996 Profit Jim Profit Lead
The Pompatus of Love Josh
1997 Feds C. Oliver Resor Recurring role
Wounded Hanaghan
Love in Another Town Jake Cantrell
Touched by Evil (television film) Jerry Braskin Co-starred with Paula Abdul
House of Frankenstein 1997 Detective Vernon Coyle
1998 The Outer Limits Tanner Brooks Guest appearance: 4.5 - "In the Zone"
1999 Port Chicago Mutiny (TV movie) Lt. Maravich Film is mentioned in article Port Chicago disaster. Re Pasdar's Role[18]
2000-2002 Mysterious Ways Declan Dunn Lead
2002 The Twilight Zone Andrew Lomax Season 1 - Episode 4 - "Dream Lover"
2003-2005 Judging Amy David McClaren Recurring role (Seasons 5-6)
2003 Secondhand Lions Traveling Salesman
2005 Desperate Housewives David Bradley Guest appearances: 2.4 "My Heart Belongs to Daddy",
2.5 "They Asked Me Why I Believe In You",
2.6 "I Wish I Could Forget You"
2006-2009 Heroes Nathan Petrelli (seasons 1-3)
Sylar (season 4)
Main cast
2008 Home Movie David Poe
2009 The Super Hero Squad Show Clint Barton / Hawkeye Voice
2010 Black Panther Steve Rogers / Captain America Voice
2011 Castle Mark Fallon Guest Appearance: 3.16 "Setup" & 3.17 "Countdown"
2011 Chasing Leprechauns Michael Garrett Lead
2011 Marvel Anime: Iron Man Tony Stark / Iron Man[3] Voice: English dub
2011-2013 The Lying Game Alec Rybak 29 episodes
2011 Young Justice Hugo Strange Voice
2012 Ultimate Spider-Man Tony Stark / Iron Man[19][3] Voice
2012 Political Animals President Paul Garcetti
2013-2017 Avengers Assemble Tony Stark / Iron Man / Iron Patriot (2013-2017)[20]
Space Phantom[21]
2013 Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Tony Stark / Iron Man Voice
2013 Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel Tony Stark / Iron Man Voice
2013 Lego Marvel Super Heroes Tony Stark / Iron Man Voice
2013 Burn Notice Randall Burke Season 7 - 4 episodes
2013 Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United Tony Stark / Iron Man Voice
2014 Iron Man and Captain America: Heroes United Tony Stark / Iron Man Voice
2014-2018 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Glenn Talbot / Graviton Recurring role
2015-2017 Transformers: Robots in Disguise Micronus Prime Voice
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Tony Stark / Iron Man Voice[23]
2016-2017 Colony Nolan Burgess Recurring role
2016-present Milo Murphy's Law Mr. Chase Voice
2017-present Supergirl Morgan Edge Recurring role


Year Title Other notes
1999 Cement Also co-producer and composer

Audiobook narration

In 2010, Pasdar narrated an audiobook edition of the cult novel Queer Fish in God's Waiting Room by the British writer Lee Henshaw. It was released in early 2011.[24]

Further reading

  • Bridget Byrne. "Adrian Pasdar's television, film career working in Mysterious Ways" Chicago Sun-Times. August 13, 2000.
  • Adrienne Papp. "Heroes Among Us". Westside Today. Retrieved on May 5, 2008.

Adrian Pasdar supports the following charitable causes: Lupus, Autism.

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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