London-born Anglo-Italian superstud Adrian Paul came to the United States in 1985, at the age of 26, to pursue a career in dance and modeling. After working as a dancer and a choreographer, Adrian turned his interests to acting and was soon cast in the Dynasty spin-off The Colbys. Adrian put his dancing talent to good use as Nikolai "Kolya" Rostov, a ballet dancer who defected from the Soviet Union. Talk about red heat!
Adrian also appeared on a single episode of the late-80s paranormal romance Beauty & the Beast, three episodes of the 1992 revival of Dark Shadows, and episodes of Murder, She Wrote, and Tarzán before he was cast as immortal Scottish swordsman Duncan MacLeod in The Highlander. Adrian took over the role from Christopher Lambert, who played the character in the 1986 sci-fi cult classic of the same name.
For Highlander fans, Adrian took the sword-wielding adventurer to a whole new level, playing the character for six seasons and starring in two spinoff movies, the theatrically released Highlander: Endgame (2000) and the made-for-TV Highlander: The Source (2007). Watching Adrian wrap his hands around that blade is enough to make you want to take up sword-swallowing as a hobby!