HOLLYWOOD, CA, January 11, 2007 – Joaquin Phoenix, Charlie Sheen, Sharon Stone, Naomi Watts and the cast of “Heroes” (Ali Larter, Masi Oka, Greg Grunberg, Adrian Pasdar, Hayden Panettiere, Sendhil Ramamurthy and Milo Ventimiglia) were set as presenters at “The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards” that was telecast live on NBC Monday, January 15 (8 – 11:00 p.m. EST) at The Beverly Hilton.
Adrian Kayvan Pasdar (born April 30, 1965) is an American actor and film director, best known for playing Jim Profit on the cult TV series Profit, for his roles in Near Dark, Mysterious Ways and Heroes, and for directing the feature film Cement.
Pasdar was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. His father, Homayoon Pasdar, was a cardiac surgeon who was born in Iran and moved to the United States, working as a surgeon near Philadelphia. His mother, Rosemarie Sbresny was born in Königsberg, Germany, and worked as a nurse before becoming an English teacher in France.
Pasdar won a football scholarship to the University of Florida. However, he was badly injured in a car accident during his freshman year. The accident left his face scarred, his legs badly injured, and kept him in a wheelchair for several months. Pasdar finished his freshman year in a wheelchair, doing intensive physical therapy and turning his attention to campus stage productions and rediscovering 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 and lighting and also did set construction. One day, while constructing a set, he cut off the end of his left thumb. He used the resulting medical compensation to pay for attendance at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in Los Angeles.
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. This led to bigger roles in Solarbabies (1986), Streets of Gold (1986), and Kathryn Bigelow's 1987 cult vampire movie Near Dark (1987), with Pasdar in the lead role of Caleb Colton. Other major roles include Vital Signs (1990). 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 re-telling 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, Henry Czerny and was written by Farscape's screenwriter Justin Monjo.
Pasdar's major break into television came in 1996, when he was cast as the title character on the short-lived Fox series Profit.
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 long-running CBS drama Judging Amy, from 2004 through 2005. In 2006, he had a high-profile guest role as Gabrielle Solis' sleazy lawyer in Desperate Housewives.
He currently stars in the NBC superhero drama Heroes as Nathan Petrelli.
Heroes was nominated in two categories : Best Television Series – Drama for NBC , and Best Performance by an Actor (Masi Oka) in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.
See Entire list of Winners and Nominees of the 64th Golden Globe Annuals that often influences the choices of the Oscar Ceremony due later in Spring:
Photo: Adrian Pasdar left and front pointing finger with Hugh Laurie accompanied by the cast of TV sci-fi drama Heroes as he celebrated his Golden Globe for House.©Getty Images & ©Golden Globe Awards