MN Grad Pasdar Ends Run On Desperate Housewives
In the midst of his three episode appearance on ABC's smash hit "Desperate Housewives," Marple Newtown High alumni Adrian Pasdar, 40, is enjoying yet another accomplishment in his acting career.

"I've received more publicity in two weeks then I have in 20 years," Pasdar said from his Los Angeles home that he shares with his wife of five years, Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, and their sons Jackson Slade, 4, and Beckett Finn, 15 months.
Pasdar, who was known by his middle name of Kayvan (KAY-vohn) while a student, participated in the plays and played for the football team while at Marple-Newtown.

He earned a football scholarship to Central Florida University, but after his first football game, was in a serious car accident, which ended his football and college career.

Returning to Pennsylvania, Pasdar worked for the People's Light Theatre in Malvern before moving to New York City.
It wasn't long before he landed a role in "Top Gun" with Tom Cruise in 1986. The parts kept coming. He co-starred in an independent film called "Torn Apart" with famed actor Gregory Peck's daughter, Cecilia. Pasdar and Cecilia were engaged, but never married. The two are still friends and Peck is directing a documentary about the Dixie Chicks.
Pasdar met Ms. Maines when they were in the wedding party for fellow Dixie Chick Emily Ervin and Pasdar's friend, musician Charlie Robison.
Pasdar has consistently worked in film and television the last two decades. Some of Pasdar's better-known projects are starring roles in the critically acclaimed film "Near Dark," the short-lived television Fox television series "Profit" in 1996, and a two-year run on "Mysterious Ways" on NBC and PAX. Before landing on "D.H." Pasdar was on the CBS series "Judging Amy" for two years.
He's also worked with everybody from Diane Lane, to Sean Penn and Al Pacino, to opposite Paula Abdul in a Lifetime movie. He said he hopes to eventually work with his wife, who he feels is "a natural."
Though he said he didn't get into acting for the fame, Pasdar is enjoying the excitement of being on "Desperate Housewives," one of the top-rated shows in the country. He plays attorney David Bradley, who is representing the character of Carlos Solis.
"It was a lot of fun. It's a well-oiled machine there. Even the moms at my son's preschool are looking at me differently now."
Pasdar and his family split their time between Los Angeles, CA, Austin, TX, and New York, NY. He returns to the area to visit his father, Homayoon, a surgeon, and his mother, Rosemarie, a travel consultant. (His parents were divorced years ago.) His sister, Anamarie manages the famed Gate theatre in London, England.
He'll most likely return to the area again, when his wife's group, The Dixie Chicks makes a stop in Philadelphia, as they are scheduled to go on tour next year to support their new album.
Pasdar said he got a kick out of returning to the MN Class of '83 20-year reunion two years ago at Paxon Hollow Country Club in Marple where he once worked as a caddie.
"It was great being back and not lugging around clubs," he laughed.
After his stint on "D.H." is completed (Nov.6), Pasdar hopes to work on another television series so he can stay in Los Angeles, where his oldest son is in preschool.
He also optioned the book "Virgin of the Rodeo" and hopes to direct.
For more information, there is a fan site run by Adrian's 10th grade English teacher at Marple-Newtown, Sharon Hulton,