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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.[3] He also played Alec Rybak, district attorney on The Lying Game.

Adrian Pasdar
Adrian Pasdar.jpg
Pasdar at ComicCon in July 2008
Born (1965-04-30) April 30, 1965 (age 52)
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Natalie Maines (2000–2017)
Children 2


Early yearsEdit

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 careerEdit

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 short-lived but critically acclaimed 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 long-running 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 reprises the role in Marvel's Avengers Assemble, 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. He currently plays the recurring role of Glenn Talbot on the Marvel TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Nolan Burgess on the series Colony. He also starred in the pilot of the Amazon Studios series The After.[9] He will also portray the DC Comics character Morgan Edge in season 3 of The CW's Supergirl.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

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] [15]

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.[16]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Award Wins for Acting

  • 2009: Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films: Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in Television, Heroes[17]

Award Wins for Directing

  • 2000: AngelCiti film festival: Audience Award, Cement

Other Award Wins


Year Title Role Director/Series creator Other notes
1986 Top Gun Lieutenant Charles "Chipper" Piper Tony Scott Film Debut
Solarbabies Darstar Alan Johnson
Streets of Gold Timmy Boyle Joe Roth
1987 Made in U.S.A. Dar Ken Friedman
Near Dark Caleb Colton Kathryn Bigelow
1989 Cookie Vito Susan Seidelman
1990 Torn Apart Ben Arnon Jack Fisher
The Lost Capone Ricard Hart/Jimmy Capone John Gray Lead
Vital Signs Michael Chatham Marisa Silver
1991 Shanghai 1920 Dawson Cole Po-Chih Leong
Grand Isle Robert Lebrun Mary Lambert
1992 Just Like a Woman Gerald Tilson/Geraldine Christopher Monger
1993 Ghost Brigade Captain John Harling George Hickenlooper
Carlito's Way Frankie Taglialucci Brian De Palma
1994 The Last Good Time Eddie Bob Balaban
Shadows of Desire Jude Snow Sam Pillsbury
1995 Slave of Dreams Joseph Robert M. Young
A Mother's Gift William Deal Jerry London
1996 Profit Jim Profit David Greenwalt, John McNamara Lead
The Pompatus of Love Josh Richard Schenkman
1997 Feds C. Oliver Resor Recurring role
Wounded Hanaghan Richard Martin
Love in Another Town Jake Cantrell Lorraine Senna
Touched by Evil (television film) Jerry Braskin James A. Contner Co-starred with Paula Abdul
House of Frankenstein 1997 Detective Vernon Coyle Peter Werner
1998 The Outer Limits Tanner Brooks David Warry-Smith Guest appearance: 4.5 - "In the Zone"
1999 Port Chicago Mutiny (TV movie) Lt. Maravich Kevin Hooks Film is mentioned in article Port Chicago disaster. Re Pasdar's Role[19]
2000–2002 Mysterious Ways Declan Dunn Peter O'Fallon Lead
2002 The Twilight Zone Andrew Lomax Peter O'Fallon Season 1 - Episode 4 - "Dream Lover"
2003–2005 Judging Amy David McClaren Amy Brenneman, Bill D'Elia, John Tinker Recurring role (Seasons 5-6)
2003 Secondhand Lions Traveling Salesman Tim McCanlies
2005 Desperate Housewives David Bradley Marc Cherry 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)
Tim Kring Main cast
2008 Home Movie David Poe Christopher Denham
2009 The Super Hero Squad Show Clint Barton / Hawkeye Voice
2010 Black Panther Steve Rogers / Captain America Voice
2011 Castle Mark Fallon Andrew W. Marlowe Guest Appearance: 3.16 "Setup" & 3.17 "Countdown"
2011 Chasing Leprechauns Michael Garrett Kevin Connor 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[3] Voice
2012 Political Animals President Paul Garcetti
2013–2017 Avengers Assemble Tony Stark / Iron Man Voice
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 Matt Nix Season 7 - 4 episodes
2013 Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United Tony Stark / Iron Man Voice
2014 Iron Man and Captain America: Heroes United Tony Stark / Iron Man Voice
2014–present Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Glenn Talbot Recurring role
2015–present Transformers: Robots in Disguise Micronus Voice
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Tony Stark / Iron Man Avalanche Studios Video game
2016–present Colony Nolan Burgess Carlton Cuse Recurring role
2016-present Milo Murphy's Law Mr Chase Voice
2017-present Supergirl Morgan Edge Recurring role


Year Title Writer Producer Main cast Other notes
1999 Cement Justin Monjo D.J. Paul, Adrian Pasdar Chris Penn
Jeffrey Wright
Sherilyn Fenn
Anthony DeSando
Henry Czerny
Also co-producer and composer

Audiobook narrationEdit

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.[21]

Further readingEdit


  1. ^ a b "Adrian Pasdar Biography". Archived from the original on November 17, 2015. Retrieved July 4, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Adrian Pasdar Biography (1965?-)". Retrieved 2010-06-15.  Source notes that some sources gives birth year as 1967.
  3. ^ a b c "'Iron Man': 'Heroes' flying man Adrian Pasdar takes on anime". Hero Complex. 
  4. ^ "Pittsfield's Grammy girls". Berkshire Eagle, The. 2007-02-13. 
  5. ^ Pasdar, quoted in "Adrian Pasdar's television, film career working in Mysterious Ways" Archived 2007-03-27 at the Wayback Machine. by Bridget Byrne. Chicago Sun-Times. August 13, 2000.
  6. ^ Maddox, Dante. "Heroes Season Finale: Adrian Pasdar". Archived from the original on 2007-10-07. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  7. ^ Keveney, Bill (2009-11-30). "Adrian Pasdar 'never better,' 'Heroes' character never deader". Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  8. ^ "Marvel Television Announces Adrian Pasdar & Milo Ventimiglia For Iron Man & Wolverine Anime Series To Air On G4 July 2011" (Press Release). Anime News Network. 2011-04-03. 
  9. ^ "Amazon Not Moving Forward with Chris Carter's The After - Dread Central". 
  10. ^ Bucksbaum, Sydney (July 22, 2017). "DC TV Watch at Comic-Con: All the Highlights From 'Supergirl,' 'Black Lightning,' 'Arrow' and More". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 26, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Names &". The Washington Post. March 17, 2001. Archived from the original on July 4, 2017. Retrieved July 4, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Natalie Maines gives birth to baby boy". Today. Associated Press. July 23, 2004. Retrieved July 4, 2017. 
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Natalie Maines, Adrian Pasdar Divorce: What Went Wrong?". 
  15. ^ "Natalie Maines Files For Divorce From Adrian Pasdar After 17-Year Marriage". 
  16. ^ "Band From TV Charities". Archived from the original on 29 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  17. ^ "Saturn Award Winners 2009". Archived from the original on 2009-07-11. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  18. ^ "Band From TV News". 2009-05-31. Archived from the original on 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  19. ^ Richmond, Ray (25 March 1999). "Mutiny". 
  20. ^ Avalanche Software. Disney Infinity 3.0. Scene: Closing credits, 5:39 in, Featuring the Voice Talents of. 
  21. ^ "Listen to Queer Fish audio book read by Adrian Pasdar!". 2010-02-20. Archived from the original on 2011-08-16. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 

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