Adrian Pasdar

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Adrian Pasdar
Pasdar at the 2008 Comic-Con International
Adrian Kayvan Pasdar

(1965-04-30) April 30, 1965 (age 58)
Years active1986–present
(m. 2000; div. 2019)

Adrian Pasdar (born Adrian Kayvan Pasdar; April 30, 1965) (Persian: آدریان کیوان پاسدار)[1][2] is an American film, television, and voice actor. He is known for his roles in Profit, Near Dark, Carlito's Way, Mysterious Ways, Heroes and as Glenn Talbot / Graviton on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Additionally, he directed the feature film Cement. He is also the voice of Tony Stark / Iron Man in Marvel Anime, as well as in the animated series Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers Assemble.[3] He also played district attorney Alec Rybak on The Lying Game. He has appeared on the American TV drama Grand Hotel as Felix.

Early life[edit]

Pasdar was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.[1] His father, Homayoon Pasdar (Persian: هومایون پاسدار; born 1935), was an Iranian immigrant who was a cardiac surgeon, with a practice near Philadelphia. His mother, Rosemarie Sbresny,[4] worked as a travel agent.[2] He graduated from Marple Newtown High School, where he played football and studied acting.[5]

His sister, Anamarie Pasdar, is a theatrical artistic director and producer.[2]


Early career[edit]

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.[citation needed] 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. His 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 retelling 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, and Henry Czerny, and was written by Farscape screenwriter Justin Monjo. "I've used every ounce of energy and every drop of money I had to make Cement," Pasdar said.[6]


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 two-hour season finale of the fourth season of Touched by an Angel. 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.[7] Pasdar's character was killed off in an episode that aired November 30, 2009.[8]

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..[9]

Pasdar also played a role on The Lying Game as Alec Rybak, a corrupt district attorney. In 2013, Pasdar guest-starred in the seventh and final season of Burn Notice as Randall Burke for three episodes. From 2014 to 2018, he played the recurring role of Glenn Talbot / Graviton 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.[10] He also portrays the DC Comics character Morgan Edge in season 3 of The CW's Supergirl.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Pasdar married musician Natalie Maines of The Chicks on June 24, 2000.[2] They have two sons, born in 2001[12] and 2004.[13] On July 5, 2017, Maines announced that she and Pasdar were divorcing after 17 years of marriage. The divorce was finalized on December 19, 2019.[14][15][16] The divorce took over two years as Pasdar contested the validity of a pre-nuptial agreement and attempted to plead poverty to the court to obtain spousal support, despite reporting over $400,000 in income in 2018, according to court documents.[17] Maines said that the Chicks' 2020 album Gaslighter includes songs with deeply personal themes, written during the divorce. The album surrounds the topic of a husband gaslighting and cheating on his wife, ending with the dissolution of the marriage.[18][19][20]

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.[21]

Awards and nominations[edit]


  • 2009: Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films: Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in Television, Heroes[22]


  • 2000: AngelCiti film festival: Audience Award, Cement



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 role
The Pompatus of Love Josh
1997 Feds C. Oliver Resor Recurring role
Wounded Hanaghan
Love in Another Town Jake Cantrell
Touched By Evil Jerry Braskin Television film, 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"
1998 The Perfect Getaway Colt Erickson Television film
1999 Mutiny Lieutenant Maravich Television film
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 Main cast
2008 Home Movie David Poe
2009 The Super Hero Squad Show Clint Barton / Hawkeye Voice role
2010 Black Panther Steve Rogers / Captain America
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 role; English dub
2011–2013 The Lying Game Alec Rybak 29 episodes
2011 Young Justice Hugo Strange Voice role
2012 Ultimate Spider-Man Tony Stark / Iron Man[24]
2012 Political Animals President Paul Garcetti
2013–2017 Avengers Assemble Tony Stark / Iron Man / Iron Patriot,[25] Space Phantom,[26] Strongman[27] Voice role (Seasons 1–3); Replaced by Mick Wingert as Tony Stark / Iron Man from Seasons 4–5
2013 Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Tony Stark / Iron Man Voice role
2013 Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel
2013 Lego Marvel Super Heroes
2013 Burn Notice Randall Burke Season 7; 4 episodes
2013 Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United Tony Stark / Iron Man Voice role
2014–2018 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Glenn Talbot / Graviton Recurring role
2015–2017 Transformers: Robots in Disguise Micronus Prime Voice role
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Tony Stark / Iron Man Voice role[28]
2016–2017 Colony Nolan Burgess Recurring role
2016–2019 Milo Murphy's Law Mr. Chase Voice role
2017–2018 Supergirl Morgan Edge Recurring role
2019 Grand Hotel Felix 3 episodes
2020 A Fall from Grace Prosecutor Bradley Tankerton Netflix film
2021 The Manson Brothers Midnight Zombie Massacre Doctor Dudembru
2022 The Rookie Bill August 1 episode
TBA The Georgetown Project Tom


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

Audiobook narration[edit]

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.[29]

Further reading[edit]


  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 June 15, 2010. Source notes that some sources gives birth year as 1967.
  3. ^ a b "'Iron Man': 'Heroes' flying man Adrian Pasdar takes on anime". Hero Complex.
  4. ^ "Pittsfield's Grammy girls". Berkshire Eagle, The. February 13, 2007.
  5. ^ Rys, Richard. "Exit Interview: Adrian Pasdar," (June 19, 2007).
  6. ^ Pasdar, quoted in "Adrian Pasdar's television, film career working in Mysterious Ways" Archived March 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine by Bridget Byrne. Chicago Sun-Times. August 13, 2000.
  7. ^ Maddox, Dante. "Heroes Season Finale: Adrian Pasdar". Archived from the original on October 7, 2007. Retrieved June 15, 2010.
  8. ^ Keveney, Bill (November 30, 2009). "Adrian Pasdar 'never better,' 'Heroes' character never deader". Retrieved June 15, 2010.
  9. ^ "Marvel Television Announces Adrian Pasdar & Milo Ventimiglia For Iron Man & Wolverine Anime Series To Air On G4 July 2011" (Press Release). Anime News Network. April 3, 2011.
  10. ^ "Amazon Not Moving Forward with Chris Carter's The After - Dread Central". January 5, 2015.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "Names &". The Washington Post. March 17, 2001. Archived from the original on July 4, 2017. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  13. ^ "Natalie Maines gives birth to baby boy". Today. Associated Press. July 23, 2004. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  14. ^ "Dixie Chicks Singer Natalie Maines Settles Divorce From Adrian Pasdar". E! News. December 20, 2019. Retrieved May 26, 2022. According to documents obtained by E! News, the Dixie Chicks singer's marriage to Adrian Pasdar was officially dissolved on Dec. 19, 2019.
  15. ^ "Natalie Maines, Adrian Pasdar Divorce: What Went Wrong?". July 5, 2017.
  16. ^ "Natalie Maines Files For Divorce From Adrian Pasdar After 17-Year Marriage". July 4, 2017.
  17. ^ Whitaker, Sterling (March 27, 2019). "Natalie Maines Asks Court to Validate Prenup in Ongoing Divorce". Taste of Country. Retrieved March 5, 2020.
  18. ^ Naumann, Ryan (March 4, 2020). "Natalie Maines Trashes Ex-Husband Adrian Pasdar On New Dixie Chicks Song 'Gaslighter'". Retrieved July 20, 2020.
  19. ^ Rowles, Dustin (March 9, 2020). "The Dixie Chicks' 'Gaslighter' Is About Natalie Maines' Divorce, But She Can't Talk About It". Retrieved July 20, 2020.
  20. ^ Shaffer, Claire (September 20, 2019). "Natalie Maines Details New Dixie Chicks Album Inspired By Her Divorce". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 20, 2020.
  21. ^ "Band From TV Charities". Archived from the original on July 29, 2010. Retrieved June 15, 2010.
  22. ^ "Saturn Award Winners 2009". Archived from the original on July 11, 2009. Retrieved June 15, 2010.
  23. ^ "Band From TV News". May 31, 2009. Archived from the original on January 6, 2010. Retrieved June 15, 2010.
  24. ^ "Flight of the Iron Spider". Ultimate Spider-Man. Season 1. Episode 5. April 22, 2012. Disney XD.
  25. ^ "The Avengers Protocol". Avengers Assemble. Season 1. Episode 1. May 26, 2013. Disney XD.
  26. ^ "Ghost of a Chance". Avengers Assemble. Season 1. Episode 3. July 7, 2013. Disney XD.
  27. ^ "Crime and Circuses". Avengers Assemble. Season 1. Episode 24. May 11, 2014. Disney XD.
  28. ^ Avalanche Software. Disney Infinity 3.0. Scene: Closing credits, 5:39 in, Featuring the Voice Talents of.
  29. ^ "Listen to Queer Fish audio book read by Adrian Pasdar!". February 20, 2010. Archived from the original on August 16, 2011. Retrieved February 27, 2011.

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