Apr. 30th, 1965
Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA
Adrian Pasdar's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2003 - Secondhand Lions
1993 - Grey Knight
1993 - Carlito's Way
1990 - Vital Signs
1987 - Near Dark
1986 - Top Gun
1986 - Solarbabies
1986 - Streets of Gold
Guest TV Roles
ADA David McClaren
C. Oliver Resor
President Paul Garcetti
Iron Man (Voiced)
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).
- Graduated class of 1983 from Marple Newtown High School in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.
- Studied at the 'Lee Strasberg' (qv) Theater Institute.
- Lived for a year in Berlin and Paris.
- 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.
- Has a tattoo of the Chinese character for strength that he got while filming _Shang Hai yi jiu er ling (1991)_ (qv).
- Dated 'Gregory Peck' (qv)'s daughter, 'Cecilia Peck' (qv).
- 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' (qv) (nee Rosemarie Sbresny) was was born in K÷nigsberg, Germany. She worked as a nurse and then became an English teacher in France. She owns a successful travel agency. Younger sister, 'Anamarie Pasdar' (qv), worked as an artistic director/associate producer for the SoHo Rep Theater Company in New York City.
- His hobbies include skydiving, riding a Harley and playing chess.