Apr. 30th, 1965
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA
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Adrian Pasdar (born April 30, 1965) 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. Pasda, 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 Pasda in the lead role of Caleb Colton. He also appeared in Vital Signs (1990).
Pasda 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, Pasda 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 Pasda 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 and also directed a feature film entitled Cement (1999).
- Studied at the 'Lee Strasberg' (qv) Theater Institute.
- Married 'Natalie Maines' (qv) (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' (qv) and singer-songwriter 'Charlie Robison (I)' (qv).
- Worked as a tech resident in an internship with the People's Light and Theater Company in Malvern, Pennsylvania.
- Was a good friend of 'Chris Penn (I)' (qv). Was in attendance at his funeral. He was one of his pallbearers.
- Dated 'Gregory Peck' (qv)'s daughter, 'Cecilia Peck' (qv).
- 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.
- Son with 'Natalie Maines' (qv), 'Jackson Slade Pasdar' (qv), born on 15 March 2001 (weighing 6 lbs and 20 inches long); first child.
- Has a tattoo of the Chinese character for strength that he got while filming _Shang Hai yi jiu er ling (1991)_ (qv).