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Famous Iranian Americans

List of famous Iranian-Americans, including Iranians who have immigrated to the US as well as natural-born US citizens of Iranian descent. (Though most of the listed individuals are American citizens, some have dual Iran and US citizenship.) The list includes notable, important Iranian-Americans from a variety of fields and disciplines, including academia, the arts, business, technology, media, journalism, music, politics and sports.

The group, as a whole, is occasionally referred to as "Persian Americans" as well. 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 famous Iranian Americans? Take a look at this list and you'll see for yourself.

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    Abass Alavi Professor of Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and neurology; University of Pennsylvania.

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    age 66 Director of Iranian Studies Program, Stanford University.

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    age 50 Actor.

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    age 51 Soccer coach, former assistant coach of Korea Republic national football team, Los Angeles Galaxy and Iran national team.

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    Founding Director of Center for Persian Studies, University of Maryland.

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    age 33 American soccer player.

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    age 89 Physicist, inventor of gas laser, Professor Emeritus of Physics at MIT.

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    age 42 One of the lead singers of Orange County, California-based pop-punk band Zebrahead.

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    FOX News Channel Foreign Affairs Analyst.

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    Amin Abraham Paul Nikfar Shot Put for the Iranian National Team and 1st Iranian Asian Indoor Champion 2004.

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    Amin Nazemzadeh Actor.

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    age 59 Director of photography.

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    age 69 Film director.

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    age 35 Professional mixed martial artist and winner of the ultimate fighter 7.

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    age 38 Actor.

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    Died at 49 (1961-2010) Professional poker player

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    age 64 Former soccer player.

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    age 40 Actor, semi-professional tennis player.

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    age 49 Cofounder, Prodea systems, Inc.

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    Anousheh Khalili age 32 Vocalist.

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    age 37 Champion poker player.

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    Arash Ferdowsi age 30 Co-Founder & CTO of Dropbox.

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    age 35 Journalist, Sports Illustrated.

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    Artemis Pebdani age 38 Actress.

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    Asieh Namdar age 48 Former CNN anchor.

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    age 43 Former Seventeen (magazine) and CosmoGIRL! editor-in-chief.

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    age 39 Journalist, Time Magazine.

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    age 60 Writer.

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    age 40 Actress.

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    Bahram Mashhoon General Relativity physicist.

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    age 29 First Pro Iranian Basketball player to play in USA history.

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    Fashion designer.

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    Behzad Razavi Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles.

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    Bijan Pakzad Noted fashion and perfume designer

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    age 54 Academy Award winning film producer.

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    Camran Nezhat Director, Stanford Endoscopy Center for Training & Technology.

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    age 47 Actress.

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    age 57 Anchor of ABC Sunday morning political affairs program, former CNN chief international correspondent.

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    age 55 String theorist in Harvard.

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    Cyma Zarghami age 54 President of Nickelodeon and MTV Networks Kids & Family Group.

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    Cyrus Bolooki age 35 Drummer of New Found Glory.

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    Cyrus Kar age 54 Film director.

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    age 59 Screenwriter and director.

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    age 43 Writer.

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    Stand-up comedian.

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    Dara Khosrowshahi age 46 President and CEO, Expedia, Inc.

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    age 40 Guitarist/vocalist of four-piece Alternative metal band System Of A Down.

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    Davar Ardalan NPR producer of Morning Edition.

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    age 47 Actor and writer.

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    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.

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