Date of Birth
30 April 1965, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA
Adrian Kayvan Pasdar
5' 10" (1.78 m)
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 1983. Football may have been a promising future, had it not been for a terrible accident during his freshman year that left his face scarred and his legs badly injured. A very driven Adrian finished his freshman year in a wheelchair, doing intensive physical therapy and turning his attention to campus stage productions and rediscovered a childhood 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". Here, he worked on sound, lighting and set construction. While constructing a set, he cut off the end of his left thumb. Adrian, having the ability to turn tragedy into triumph, used his medical compensation to pay for attendance at the famous Lee Strasberg Theater Institute. At the age of 19, he auditioned for a role in Top Gun (1986). 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 Adrian in the lead role of "Caleb Colton". He also appeared in Vital Signs (1990). Adrian has always been an actor ahead of his time, opting for roles in independent and cable movies long before they were considered fashionable for feature actors to do. In 1992, feeling completely out-of-touch with reality, Adrian left Hollywood to return to New York. He worked 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). Another major break came in 1995, when Adrian was cast as the title character on the short-lived Fox series "Profit" (1996). He continues to act in supporting roles and has now added directing to his already impressive body of work. He wrote and directed the short film Beyond Belief (1999) and also directed a feature film entitled Cement (2000).
IMDb Mini Biography By: Randy Neil
SpouseNatalie Maines (24 June 2000 - present) 2 children
Married Natalie Maines (of the country music group Dixie Chicks) on the weekend of June 24-25, 2000. They were married in Las Vegas's Little White Wedding Chapel, in a $55 no-frills ceremony officiated by the chapel's Pastor Ann. The couple first met in May 1999, at the wedding of band member Emily Robison and singer-songwriter Charlie Robison.
Son with Natalie Maines, Jackson Slade Pasdar, born on 15 March 2001 (weighing 6 lbs and 20 inches long); first child.
Graduated class of 1983 from Marple Newtown High School in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.
Was an English major in college, but dropped out after his freshman year.
Went to the University of Florida on a football scholarship, but his football career ended due to serious injuries when he flipped his Jeep while driving in Miami.
Worked as a tech resident in an internship with the People's Light and Theater Company in Malvern, Pennsylvania.
Studied at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute.
Worked at his father's friend's diner, the Vandam Diner, in lower East Manhattan.
His film company is Bobcat Films. He has a Bobcat tattoo on his upper right arm.
Has a tattoo of the Chinese character for strength that he got while filming Shanghai 1920 (1991).
Lived for a year in Berlin and Paris.
His screen writing and directorial debut was an unreleased short film called Beyond Belief (1995), which debuted at the East Hamptons Film Festival in October of 1995. It won the finalist award at the Houston Film Festival in June 1996.
His feature film directorial debut, Cement (2000), won grand prize as best film at Worldfest-Houston Film Festival.
He is of Iranian and German heritage respectively on his father's and mother's sides of the family. Father is Homayoon Pasdar, who was born in Iran and worked as a surgeon near Philadelphia. His mother, Rosemarie Pasdar (nee Rosemarie Sbresny) was born in Königsberg, Germany. She worked as a nurse and then became an English teacher in France. She owns a successful travel agency. Younger sister, Anamarie Pasdar, worked as an artistic director/associate producer for the SoHo Rep Theater Company in New York City.
Second child, a son, Beckett Finn Pasdar, with Natalie Maines, born weighing 7 lbs, 7 oz on July 14, 2004.
His hobbies include skydiving, riding a Harley and playing chess.
Directed the feature film Cement (2000) in which one of the characters - played by Gregory Jbara - watches an episode of the cult TV series "Profit" (1996), whose Pasdar was the lead actor.
Was a good friend of Chris Penn. Attended latter's funeral as one of the pallbearers.
Close friend of "Heroes" (2006/II) co-star Milo Ventimiglia.
Son-in-law of Lloyd Maines and Tina Maines.
Adrian met his wife at the wedding of his best friend. He was the best man and she was a bridesmaid. They went together as a couple, to the altar.
He has played the same character (Tony Stark / Iron Man) on four different series: "Iron Man" (2010), "Ultimate Spider-Man" (2012), "Marvel's Avengers Assemble" (2013) and "Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H." (2013).
"This is merely the first of ten children" - said on announcing that he and his wife Natalie Maines (Dixie Chicks singer) are expecting their first child in April 2001.
I love directing. It's a different level of focus and a real mental challenge.
I had 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. I spent the next year working behind the counter and running the cash register for room and board at Vandam Diner, a little lower east Manhattan diner, owned by a friend's father.
"I've used every ounce of energy and every drop of money I had to make Cement (2000)." - on directing the feature film Cement (2000).
Where Are They Now
(January 2005) In season two of role as "David McClarren" on "Judging Amy" (1999).
(September 2006) Starring in NBC series "Heroes" (2006/II).
(July 2008) Third season of "Heroes" (2006/II) to begin in September.
(May 1994) In Ouarzazate, Morocco, filming Slave of Dreams (1995) (TV).