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Some of the most famous actors, athletes, politicians, academics, journalists, and musicians are from Iranian decent. Some of these famous Persian-Americans immigrated to the US, while others are natural-born US citizens. A few of the names on this list have dual citizenship in both Iran and the United States. As of 2011, the US has the second-largest Iranian population outside of the nation of Iran, largely due to a sizable wave of immigration from Iran between the years 1980 and 1990 following the Iranian Revolution and the abolition of the Iranian monarchy. 

Who are some of the most famous Iranian-Americans? Adrian Pasdar tops our list. He's best known for his role as Jim Profit on the hit Fox TV series, Profit. He also has a recurring role Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, and has done a ton of voice-acting in some of Marvel's cartoon superhero stories. 

Check our our list of the most famous Iranian-Americans below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

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Abass Alavi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Abass Alavi Professor of Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and neurology; University of Pennsylvania.

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Abbas Milani is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Abbas Milani age 68 - Director of Iranian Studies Program, Stanford University.

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Adrian Pasdar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Adrian Pasdar age 51 - Actor.

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Afshin Ghotbi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Afshin Ghotbi age 53 - Soccer coach, former assistant coach of Korea Republic national football team, Los Angeles Galaxy and Iran national team.

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Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak Founding Director of Center for Persian Studies, University of Maryland.

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Alecko Eskandarian is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Alecko Eskandarian age 34 - American soccer player.

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Ali Javan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Ali Javan age 90 - Physicist, inventor of gas laser, Professor Emeritus of Physics at MIT.

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Ali Tabatabaee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Ali Tabatabaee age 44 - One of the lead singers of Orange County, California-based pop-punk band Zebrahead.

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Alireza Jafarzadeh is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Alireza Jafarzadeh FOX News Channel Foreign Affairs Analyst.

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Amin Abraham Paul Nikfar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Amin Abraham Paul Nikfar Shot Put for the Iranian National Team and 1st Iranian Asian Indoor Champion 2004.

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Amin Nazemzadeh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Amin Nazemzadeh Actor.

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Amir Mokri is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Amir Mokri age 60 - Director of photography.

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Amir Naderi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Amir Naderi age 70 - Film director.

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Amir Sadollah is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Amir Sadollah age 35 - Professional mixed martial artist and winner of the ultimate fighter 7.

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Amir Talai is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Amir Talai age 39 - Actor.

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Amir Vahedi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Amir Vahedi Died at 49 (1961-2010) - Professional poker player

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Andranik Eskandarian is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Andranik Eskandarian age 65 - Former soccer player.

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Andre Khabbazi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Andre Khabbazi age 40 - Actor, semi-professional tennis player.

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Anousheh Ansari is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Anousheh Ansari age 50 - Cofounder, Prodea systems, Inc.

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Anousheh Khalili is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Anousheh Khalili age 34 - Vocalist.

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Antonio Esfandiari is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Antonio Esfandiari age 38 - Champion poker player.

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Arash Ferdowsi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Arash Ferdowsi age 31 - Co-Founder & CTO of Dropbox.

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Arash Markazi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Arash Markazi age 37 - Journalist, Sports Illustrated.

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Artemis Pebdani is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Artemis Pebdani age 39 - Actress.

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Asieh Namdar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Asieh Namdar age 50 - Former CNN anchor.

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Atoosa Rubenstein is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Atoosa Rubenstein age 45 - Former Seventeen (magazine) and CosmoGIRL! editor-in-chief.

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Azadeh Moaveni is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Azadeh Moaveni age 41 - Journalist, Time Magazine.

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Azar Nafisi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Azar Nafisi age 61 - Writer.

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Bahar Soomekh is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Bahar Soomekh age 42 - Actress.

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Bahram Mashhoon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Bahram Mashhoon General Relativity physicist.

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Behdad Sami is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Behdad Sami age 30 - First Pro Iranian Basketball player to play in USA history.

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Behnaz Sarafpour is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Behnaz Sarafpour Fashion designer.

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Behzad Razavi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Behzad Razavi Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles.

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Bijan Pakzad is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Bijan Pakzad Noted fashion and perfume designer

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Bob Yari is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Bob Yari age 55 - Academy Award winning film producer.

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Camran Nezhat is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Camran Nezhat Director, Stanford Endoscopy Center for Training & Technology.

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Catherine Bell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Catherine Bell age 48 - Actress.

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Christiane Amanpour is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Christiane Amanpour age 59 - Anchor of ABC Sunday morning political affairs program, former CNN chief international correspondent.

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Cumrun Vafa is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Cumrun Vafa age 57 - String theorist in Harvard.

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Cyma Zarghami is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Cyma Zarghami age 54 - President of Nickelodeon and MTV Networks Kids & Family Group.

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Cyrus Bolooki is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Cyrus Bolooki age 37 - Drummer of New Found Glory.

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Cyrus Kar is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Cyrus Kar age 56 - Film director.

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Cyrus Nowrasteh is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Cyrus Nowrasteh age 60 - Screenwriter and director.

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Dalia Sofer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Dalia Sofer age 45 - Writer.

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Dan Ahdoot is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Dan Ahdoot Stand-up comedian.

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Dara Khosrowshahi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Dara Khosrowshahi age 47 - President and CEO, Expedia, Inc.

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Daron Malakian is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Daron Malakian age 41 - Guitarist/vocalist of four-piece Alternative metal band System Of A Down.

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Davar Ardalan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Davar Ardalan NPR producer of Morning Edition.

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David Ackert is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
David Ackert age 47 - Actor and writer.

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David B. Samadi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
David B. Samadi Vice Chairman of the Department of Urology and Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.