Adrian Pasdar

Adrian Pasdar


4/30/1967, Pittsfield, Massachusetts

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Adrian Pasdar was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, but at the age of 2, his father, a prominent heart surgeon, moved the family to Powelton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. In high school, he excelled at football, eventually leading to a football scholarship at the University of Florida in…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Adrian plays the guitar in the Band From Tv. His bandmates are Greg Gunberg, Hugh Laurie, James Denton, Teri Hatcher, Jesse Spencer.

    • Adrian has his own channel on You Tube buckshotwon.

    • Adrian's film company is called Bobcat Films.

    • Adrian Pasdar will direct the musical Atlanta which he is the creator of at the Geffen Playhouse. Adrian also co-wrote the musical.

    • Adrian's father is Homayoon Pasdar, who was born in Iran and worked as a surgeon near Philadelphia.

    • Adrian's younger sister is called Anamarie "Pink" Pasdar.

    • Adrian lived for a year in Berlin and Paris.

    • Adrian lost 25 pounds, after shooting the pilot of Heroes, in fear of wearing spandex.

    • Adrian met co-star of Heroes, Milo Ventimiglia, before Heroes, when he auditioned for Gilmore Girls as Milo's character's father. He didn't get the role because he was told that he and Milo look too much like brothers. Ironically, in Heroes, they do play brothers.

    • Adrian keeps a 42-foot sailboat named Nautalee at the Marina del Rey in Los Angeles.

    • Adrian was one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive in 2006 along with the other men in the Heroes Cast. They are found in "The Newcomers" section.

    • Adrian is friends with actress Sherilyn Fenn.

    • Adrian's feature film directorial debut, Cement of 1999, won Grand Prize for Best Film at Worldfest-Houston Film Festival.

    • Adrian loves to play chess.

    • Adrian is a close friend of "Jeffrey Wright".

    • Adrian has a Bobcat tattoo on his upper right arm.

    • Adrian dated Gregory Peck's daughter, 'Cecilia Peck'.

    • Adrian worked as a "tech resident" in an internship with the People's Light and Theater Company in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

    • Adrian went to University of Florida on a football scholarship, but his football career ended due to serious injuries when he flipped his Jeep while driving to Miami. Adrian finished his freshman year in a wheelchair, doing intensive physical therapy and turning his attention to campus stage productions and rediscovering a childhood interest in writing and acting.

    • Adrian was an English major in college, but dropped out after his freshman year.

    • Adrian graduated class of 1983 from Marple Newtown High School in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.

    • Adrian's mother is Rosemarie Pasdar. She was born in Königsberg/Kaliningrad, a former German city in Russia, and worked as a nurse before becoming an English teacher in France.

    • Adrian accidentally cut off the end of his left thumb while constructing a set.

    • Adrian has worked in a theater group called "People's Light and Theatre Company". There he worked on sound and lighting and also did set construction. "People's Light and Theatre Company" is in Malvern, PA.

    • Adrian excelled at football in high school, eventually leading to a football scholarship at the University of Florida in 1983.

    • Adrian's height is 5' 10".

    • Adrian auditioned for role in film Top Gun. The director Tony Scott was so impressed that he wrote the part "Chipper" just for him.

    • Adrian married Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks on the weekend of June 24-25, 2000 in Las Vegas's Little White Wedding Chapel, in a $55 no-frills ceremony. They have two sons, Jackson Slade Pasdar born March 15, 2001, and Beckett Finn Pasdar born July 14, 2004.

  • Quotes

    • Adrian Pasdar: (On co-directing with Randall Arney) Co-directing could be a nightmare if you didn't agree about how to do it. We have two completely different approaches -- I'm much more pointed and direct in terms of talking to the actors.

    • Adrian Pasdar: My wife has got these trees from the 50s. These metal trees with the silver things coming out so at first it was hard for me to get my head around not having a real tree in the house. So thats a new thing for me as part of our Christmas, 1950's style Christmas.

    • Adrian Pasdar: My father told me a man can fish for hours, not catch a fish, and be happy, but he can't wait three minutes for his wife to get ready for dinner. There's something about patience I learned there.

    • Adrian Pasdar: (On his audition for 'Heroes') It was a rainy morning, I was late and I had another meeting at Disney. There were a few guys in the room ahead of me. I asked them if I could go ahead because I had a meeting. They said sure. It was one of those moments where as soon as you walk in the door, you just have a really good feeling about what you're about to do. All I knew was I couldn't have done it any better. Whether I get the job or not is often completely out of my hands but sometimes the quality of the audition is the only thing you can really control. I knew I did a dynamite job in there. It was a very short and sweet little scene, but I nailed it.

    • Adrian Pasdar: (How he and Milo created a bond that allows them to act as brothers) Nothing intentional. The bond we share is unique, and would have been forged were we ice fishing in Alaska or baking bread in Bolivia. We just happened to meet up on the set, and a friendship took flight. So to speak…

    • Adrian Pasdar: (On Tim Kring, creator of Heroes) Tim has got something in his head, and I can't purport to understand it. You can open that door, and it's scary in there.

    • Adrian Pasdar: (On the TV show 'Heroes') After reading the pilot, I told them that the politician has to get together with the stripper. That's Drama 101: Put the politician with their biggest liability, the stripper.

    • Adrian Pasdar: I think network television has underestimated the intelligence of viewers for many years. I think the average viewer is much more intelligent than executives give them credit for. They crave intensity and are willing to sit down and watch a quality show.

    • Adrian Pasdar (On Mysterious Ways): As ironic as it sounds, anthropology was my favorite class in college. The show has a great mix of drama and comedy, and the relationship between my character and Peggy has an interesting synergy. It's a real cerebral chemistry between our characters-she's analytical and my character's more ethereal, which is really interesting to watch.

    • Adrian Pasdar: I love directing. It's a different level of focus and a real mental challenge.

    • Adrian Pasdar: I have gotten so out of touch with reality that one day in 1992, I just sold my house at a $200,000.00 loss, moved back East, and put my money into T-bills.

  • Plays Nathan Petrelli on Heroes...

    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 1987 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 in movies, when he starred as a beautiful woman opposite Julie Walters in the Brtish 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.

    Pasdar's major break into television came in 1996, when he was cast as the title character on the short-lived Fox series Profit. 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 currently stars in the NBC superhero drama Heroes as Nathan Petrelli. He bases 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 conglomerate of different ones, both good and bad.

    Pasdar frequently posts videos of his Heroes co-stars on the video-sharing site YouTube under the username "buckshotwon."

    Adrian play nathan Petrelli on Heroes and he is a great character he plays a character you can never trust on the show, I think Adrian fashion is terrible though but that is one of the things i like about him.moreless
  • Adrian Pasdar's agreat actor who should have been in more movies, shows. Charming with rugged good looks that could make anyone feel he meant business. A loving husband and father. He is well grounded actor with substance.moreless

    Adrian Pasdar was born on 30th April 1965 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts but moved to Philadelphia with his family.

    By the age of 19 Adrian made his debut in the movie Top Gun as Chipper. He made loads of other movies that weren't that big apart from the cult vampire hit Near dark. This was all in the 1980's.

    Pasdar tried his hand with writing and directing the independant movie Cement 1999. Pasdar posts videos with his Heroes co-stars on the site YouTube under username "buckshotwon."

    Pasdar is married to my favourite country band The Dixie Chicks, Natalie Maines and has 2 sons with her Jackson Slade, Bekett.

    He can currently be seen on the monster hit show Heroes as Nathan Petrelli the flying man. He is one of my favourite characters on the show with Peter.moreless