Adrian Pasdar is best known for his role on NBC’s ensemble drama series “Heroes” as Nathan Petrelli, Peter’s over-achieving brother who pretends Peter is delusional with his fantasies of flight, but, in actuality, Nathan has a secret of his own. He has most recently joined the cast of Kari Lizer’s new, yet to be titled NBC workplace comedy, as the leading man opposite actress Sarah Paulson.
On the small screen, Pasdar starred for two seasons on both “Judging Amy” and “Mysterious Ways.” He also held starring roles on “Profit” and Dick Wolf’s “Feds.” He recently recurred on the hit series “Desperate Housewives” as David Bradley, as well as on “Touched by an Angel” as Edward Tanner and “Castle” as Agent Mark Fallon, opposite Nathan Fillion. Pasdar has guest-starred on “The Twilight Zone,” “The Outer Limits,” “Black Panther” and “Great Performances.”
Additionally, Pasdar starred in a variety of television movies, including Lifetime’s “Crossing the Line,” NBC’s “Mutiny” and “House of Frankenstein” and Showtime’s “Slave of Dreams,” as well as “The Perfect Getaway,” “Love in Another Town,” “Touched by Evil,” “The Pompatus of Love,” “Shadows of Desire,” “A Mother’s Gift,” “The Lost Capone” and “Big Time.”
Pasdar began his career in “Top Gun” when he was cast as Chipper alongside Tom Cruise, Anthony Edwards and Val Kilmer. Since then, he has starred in films such as “Secondhand Lions” with Michael Caine and Robert Duvall, Brian De Palma’s “Carlito’s Way” opposite Al Pacino and Sean Penn, “Solarbabies” with Jami Gertz, Jason Patric and Lukas Haas, “Streets of Gold” with Wesley Snipes, “Near Dark” directed by Kathryn Bigelow and “Vital Signs,” starring Diane Lane. He also just wrapped the starring role in a cable film called "Garden of Evil" for SyFy.
Behind the scenes, Pasdar has written and directed a short film titled “Beyond Belief” and directed the feature film “Cement,” starring Chris Penn and Sherilyn Fenn. He is also a vocalist and guitarist in a band, "The Band From TV," with James Denton, Hugh Laurie, Greg Grunber and Jessie Spencer, which has raised millions of dollars for charity through concerts in the past few years.
Before becoming an actor, Pasdar excelled in football and attended the University of Florida on a football scholarship. After suffering an injury, he turned to acting and eventually studied at the famed Lee Strasberg Theater Institute.
He was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, but grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia. Pasdar currently resides in Los Angeles and New York with his wife, Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, and their two children.