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Also Known As: Adrian Kayvan Pasdar Died:
Born: April 30, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor, director, set builder, screenwriter, waiter, cashier

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A talented actor with exotic good looks, Adrian Pasdar bucked convention with his maverick approach to career-building. Debuting as a handsome fighter pilot in "Top Gun" (1986), Pasdar earned his stripes as a 1980s cult heartthrob with roles in the teen sci-fi adventure "Solarbabies" (1986) and Kathryn Bigelow's classic vampire Western "Near Dark" (1987). Unlike many of his more ambitious contemporaries, Pasdar proved willing to tackle unusual roles - such as a transvestite banker in the British indie comedy "Just Like a Woman" (1992) - and to take breaks from Hollywood, including a recuperative stint as a waiter/cashier at a New York diner. A small but juicy part in "Carlito's Way" (1993) served as a reminder of Pasdar's potential, and he wowed critics as the titular, amoral businessman on the groundbreaking dark dramedy "Profit" (Fox, 1995-96). Pasdar's star hummed along quietly as he married alpha Dixie Chick Natalie Maines, starred on the cult fave "Mysterious Ways" (NBC, 2000: PAX-TV, 2000-02) and filmed guest spots on "Judging Amy" (CBS, 1999-2005) and "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004-2012). His profile soared, however, with a leading role on the megahit "Heroes" (NBC, 2006-2010) where he...

A talented actor with exotic good looks, Adrian Pasdar bucked convention with his maverick approach to career-building. Debuting as a handsome fighter pilot in "Top Gun" (1986), Pasdar earned his stripes as a 1980s cult heartthrob with roles in the teen sci-fi adventure "Solarbabies" (1986) and Kathryn Bigelow's classic vampire Western "Near Dark" (1987). Unlike many of his more ambitious contemporaries, Pasdar proved willing to tackle unusual roles - such as a transvestite banker in the British indie comedy "Just Like a Woman" (1992) - and to take breaks from Hollywood, including a recuperative stint as a waiter/cashier at a New York diner. A small but juicy part in "Carlito's Way" (1993) served as a reminder of Pasdar's potential, and he wowed critics as the titular, amoral businessman on the groundbreaking dark dramedy "Profit" (Fox, 1995-96). Pasdar's star hummed along quietly as he married alpha Dixie Chick Natalie Maines, starred on the cult fave "Mysterious Ways" (NBC, 2000: PAX-TV, 2000-02) and filmed guest spots on "Judging Amy" (CBS, 1999-2005) and "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004-2012). His profile soared, however, with a leading role on the megahit "Heroes" (NBC, 2006-2010) where he played Nathan Petrelli, a politician with the secret ability to fly. While Pasdar never fully reached the professional pinnacle his initial success seemed to promise, his surprising, quirky career choices hinted at the intelligent, offbeat persona behind the publicity - one that many fans continued to look forward to seeing in the most unexpected of places.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Cement (2001) Director

CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Run (2013)
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5.
 Home Movie (2009)
6.
 Secondhand Lions (2003)
7.
 Crossing the Line (2002) Eric Harrison
9.
 Mutiny (1999) Lieutenant Maravich
10.
 Perfect Getaway, The (1998) Colt Erikson
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Milestones close milestones

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Born in Massachusetts
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At age two, moved with family to Pennsylvania, first to Philadelphia and later to a suburb
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After automobile accident derailed a football career, returned to Pennsylvania and apprenticed at the People's Light and Theatre Company as a tech intern
1986:
Made film debut as a fighter pilot in "Top Gun"
1986:
Appeared in "Solarbabies"
1987:
Landed breakthrough co-starring role in Kathryn Bigelow's cult vampire flick "Near Dark"
1989:
Stopped acting for a year and spent a year travelling between Berlin and Paris; wrote an unpublished novel that was optioned by Steven Spielberg but never produced
1989:
TV acting debut, the "American Playhouse" production of "Big Time"
1990:
Cast as Jimmy Capone in the TNT biopic "The Lost Capone"
1990:
Cast as one of a group of medical students in "Vital Signs"
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Reportedly considered for the role of Jake on the Fox primetime serial "Melrose Place" but wouldn't meet with producer Aaron Spelling
1992:
Portrayed a transvestite involved with a British divorcee in the comedy "Just Like a Woman"
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Dropped out of acting again and spent a year working as a cashier at a diner in NYC
1993:
Acted in "Carlito's Way"
1993:
Landed featured role in the off-Broadway production of "Aven'u Boys"
1994:
Cast as one of two brothers in love with the same woman in the CBS movie "Shadows of Desire"
1994:
Co-starred with Anne Bancroft in the PBS remake of "Paddy Chayefsky's 'The Mother'"
1994:
Played featured role of Olivia d'Abo's boyfriend in "The Last Good Time"; screened at festivals before receiving a theatrical release in 1995
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Formed Bobcat Films
1995:
Film directing debut, the short "Beyond Belief"; screened at film festivals
1995:
Co-starred in "The Pompatus of Love"
1995:
Played the Old Testament character of Joseph (of the coat of many-colors) in the Showtime biblical drama "Slave of Dreams"
1996:
Acted in "A Brother's Kiss"
1996:
Starred in title role of the critically-acclaimed but short-lived Fox series "Profit"
1997:
Cast in the ensemble of the CBS drama "Feds"; cancelled after only six episodes
1997:
Portrayed an L.A. detective in the two-part NBC miniseries "House of Frankenstein 1997"
1999:
Helmed the music video "Barlight Barbright"
1999:
Landed featured role in the NBC based-on-fact drama "Mutiny," about the landmark 1940s case that resulted in the full integration of the U.S. military
2000:
Directed first feature "Cement," a low-budget retelling of "Othello"; also co-produced
2000:
Appeared in the Dixie Chicks music video "Goodbye Earl"
2000:
Returned to series TV as co-star of "Mysterious Ways" (debuted on NBC and aired on PAX-TV)
2003:
Landed recurring role on courtroom drama "Judging Amy" (CBS)
2005:
Guest starred on the ABC series "Desperate Housewives"
2006:
Cast in the NBC series "Heroes" as Nathan Petrelli, a New York congressman with superpowers
2007:
Co-wrote and co-directed the musical "Atlanta," which opened at the Geffen Playhouse
2011:
Acted in the ABC Family mystery drama series "The Lying Game"
2012:
Played the U.S. President opposite Sigourney Weaver in USA Network miniseries "Political Animals"
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Education

University of Central Florida: Orlando , Florida -
The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute: New York , New York -
Marple Newtown High School: Broomall , Pennsylvania - 1983

Notes

On his breakthrough film, 1987's "Near Dark". Adrian Pasdar told Empire (June 1997): "I absolutely loved that film. It disregarded all the usual vampire cliches and [Kathryn] Bigelow directed it from the heart. It was mostly filmed at night and, after a while, the whole crew started leading this strange, nocturnal existence."

On his TV character Jim Profit, he told People (May 6, 1996): "I don't think of Profit is devoid of morality. He's just on a different plane than the rest of us."

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companion:
Cecilia Peck. Co-starred in "Torn Apart" (1990); together from 1988-90.
wife:
Natalie Maines. Musician. Lead singer with the popular country group Dixie Chicks; met in 1999; married on June 24, 2000; formerly married to bass player Michael Tarabay.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Homayoon Pasdar. Heart surgeon. Born in Tehran, Iran; divorced from Pasdar's mother c. 1974.
mother:
Rosemarie Pasdar. Travel agent. Born in Konigsberg, Germany; lives in Paris; divorced from Pasdar's father c. 1974.
sister:
Anamarie Pasdar. Theatrical artistic director, producer. Born c. 1973.
son:
Jackson Slade Pasdar. Born on March 15, 2001 in Austin, Texas.
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