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List of famous people from Iran, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Iran, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Iran you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Iran, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

List contains people like Karim Bagheri and Sean Banan.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Iran?" or "Which celebrities were born in Iran?" then this list is a great resource for you.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Iran
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad age 61 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is an Iranian politician who was the sixth President of Iran from 2005 to 2013. He was also the main political leader of the Alliance of Builders of Islamic Iran, a coalition ...more

Claudia Lynx is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Iran
Claudia Lynx age 35

Anousheh Ansari is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Iran
Anousheh Ansari age 51 Anousheh Ansari is an Iranian-American engineer and co-founder and chairwoman of Prodea Systems. Her previous business accomplishments include serving as co-founder and CEO of Telecom ...more

Cyrus the Great is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Iran
Cyrus the Great Cyrus II of Persia, commonly known as Cyrus the Great and also known as Cyrus the Elder, was the founder of the Achaemenid Empire. Under his rule, the empire embraced all the previous civilized ...more

Shapour Bakhtiar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Iran
Shapour Bakhtiar Died at 77 (1914-1991) Shapour Bakhtiar was an Iranian political scientist, writer and the last Prime Minister of Iran under Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

Nasir al-Din Tusi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Iran
Nasir al-Din Tusi Died at 73 (1201-1274) Khawaja Muhammad ibn Muhammad ibn Hasan Tūsī, better known as Nasīr al-Dīn Tūsī, was a Persian polymath and prolific writer: An architect, astronomer, biologist, chemist, mathematician, ...more

Hassan Ali Mansur is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Iran
Hassan Ali Mansur Died at 42 (1923-1965) Hasan Ali Mansur was an Iranian liberal and politician who was Prime Minister from 1963 to 1965. He served during the White Revolution of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and was assassinated by a ...more

Mohammad-Javad Bahonar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Iran
Mohammad-Javad Bahonar Died at 48 (1933-1981) Mohammad Javad Bahonar was an Iranian scholar, Shia theologian and politician who served as the Prime minister of Iran from 15 to 30 August 1981 when he was assassinated by Mujahideen-e Khalq ...more

Mohammad Reza Golzar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Iran
Mohammad Reza Golzar age 41 Mohammadreza Golzar, is an Iranian actor and musician.

Omid Kordestani is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Iran
Omid Kordestani age 55 Omid R. Kordestani is an Iranian-American businessman who works as Chief Business Officer at Google. He was previously senior advisor at Google's Office of the CEO and Founders. and serves as ...more

Mir-Hossein Mousavi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Iran
Mir-Hossein Mousavi age 76 Seyyed Mir-Hossein Mousavi Khameneh is an Iranian reformist politician, artist and architect who served as the seventy-ninth and last Prime Minister of Iran from 1981 to 1989. He was a reformist ...more

Ali Tajvidi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Iran
Ali Tajvidi Died at 87 (1919-2006) Ali Tajvidi was an Iranian musician, composer, violinist, songwriter, and music professor at the School of National Music and Tehran University. He composed more than 150 songs and discovered ...more

Hossein Alizadeh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Iran
Hossein Alizadeh age 67 Hossein Alizadeh is a film score composer.

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi Died at 61 (1919-1980) Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi was the king of Iran from 16 September 1941 until his overthrow by the Islamic Revolution on 11 February 1979. He took the title Shāhanshāh on 26 October 1967. He was ...more

Ali Karimi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Iran
Ali Karimi age 39 Mohammad Ali Karimi Pashaki Persian: is a retired Iranian footballer. He has played for Fath Tehran, Persepolis, Al-Ahli Dubai, Bayern Munich, Qatar SC, Steel Azin, Schalke 04, Tractor Sazi, and ...more

Bahá'u'lláh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Iran
Bahá'u'lláh Died at 75 (1817-1892) Bahá'u'lláh, born Mírzá Ḥusayn-`Alí Núrí, was the founder of the Bahá'í Faith. He claimed to be the prophetic fulfilment of ...more

Parviz Tanavoli is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Iran
Parviz Tanavoli age 81 Parviz Tanavoli is an Iranian sculptor, painter, scholar and art collector. He has lived in Vancouver, Canada since 1989. Tanavoli's work has been auctioned around the world leading to overall ...more

Mehdi Karroubi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Iran
Mehdi Karroubi age 80 Mehdi Karroubi is an influential Iranian reformist politician, democracy activist, mojtahed, and chairman of the National Trust Party. He was the chairman of the parliament from 1989 to 1992 and ...more

Saeed Hajjarian is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Iran
Saeed Hajjarian age 64 Saeed Hajjarian is an Iranian intellectual, prominent journalist, pro-democracy activist and university lecturer. He was an intelligence official, a member of Tehran's city council, and advisor ...more

Masoumeh Ebtekar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Iran
Masoumeh Ebtekar age 57 Massoumeh Ebtekar is a Politician and Journalist.

Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Iran
Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi Died at 71 (854-925) Muhammad ibn Zakariyā Rāzī, was a Persian polymath, physician, alchemist and chemist, philosopher and important figure in the history of medicine. A comprehensive thinker, Razi made fundamental ...more

Musa al-Sadr is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Iran
Musa al-Sadr age 90 Mūsá aṣ-Ṣadr was an Iranian-Lebanese philosopher and Shī‘ah religious leader who disappeared in August 1978. Due to the lasting influence of his political and religious leadership in ...more

Nima Behnoud is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Iran
Nima Behnoud age 41 Nima Behnoud is an Iranian-American fashion designer based in New York City. He is the first fashion designer who implemented Persian calligraphy in a form of clothing.

Ezzatollah Sahabi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Iran
Ezzatollah Sahabi Died at 81 (1930-2011) Ezzatollah Sahabi was an Iranian scholar, humanitarian, democracy activist, politician and former parliament member. He was famous for his political-economical social analysis, and also for the ...more

Reza Pahlavi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Iran
Reza Pahlavi age 57 Reza Pahlavi is the last crown prince of the former Imperial State of Iran and current head of the House of Pahlavi. He is the older son of the late Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and Shahbanu Farah ...more

Bijan Mortazavi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Iran
Bijan Mortazavi age 60 Bijan Mortazavi, born on November 16, 1957 in Babol, Iran, is a popular Iranian violinist, singer and songwriter.

Omar Khayyám is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Iran
Omar Khayyám Died at 83 (1048-1131) Omar Khayyám; born Ghiyāth ad-Dīn Abu'l-Fatḥ ʿUmar ibn Ibrāhīm al-Khayyām Nīshāpūrī, was a Persian mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and poet. He also wrote treatises on mechanics, ...more

Aydin Aghdashloo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Iran
Aydin Aghdashloo age 77 Aydin Aghdashloo is an Iranian painter, author, art critic, art historian and graphic designer. He currently lives in Tehran, Iran, and lectures in different Iranian Universities besides his ...more

Cumrun Vafa is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Iran
Cumrun Vafa age 58 Cumrun Vafa is an Iranian-American leading string theorist from Harvard University, which he first joined as a Harvard Junior Fellow. He is the recipient of the 2008 Dirac Medal.

Moshe Katsav is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Iran
Moshe Katsav age 72 Moshe Katsav is an Iranian-born Israeli former politician who was the eighth President of Israel from 2000 to 2007. He was also a leading Likud member of the Israeli Knesset and a minister in ...more

Googoosh is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Iran
Googoosh age 67 Faegheh Atashin born on 5 May 1950 in Tehran, also known by her stage name Googoosh, is an Iranian Azerbaijani singer and actress. She is known for her contributions to Iranian pop music, but ...more

Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Iran
Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf age 56 Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf or Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf is an Iranian conservative politician, professor, a former IRGC Air Force and a Pilot of Iran Air and police commander. He is the 55th and ...more

Shahram Nazeri is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Iran
Shahram Nazeri age 67 Shahram Nazeri is a contemporary Iranian tenor from Kermanshah who sings classical. He has been accompanied by some of the authorities of Iranian traditional music such as Jalil Shahnaz, ...more

Dariush Eghbali is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Iran
Dariush Eghbali age 67 Dariush Eghbali better known by his stage name Dariush is an Iranian singer and songwriter best known for his warm and poignant bass voice heard in both ballads and socio- political songs. He is ...more

Massoud Rajavi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Iran
Massoud Rajavi age 69 Massoud Rajavi is the president of the National Council of Resistance of Iran and the Secretary-General of People's Mujahedin of Iran, popularly known as the "MEK" for ...more

Nader Engheta is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Iran
Nader Engheta age 62 Nader Engheta is an Iranian-American scientist. He has made contributions to the fields of metamaterials, transformation optics, plasmonic optics, nanophotonics, graphene photonics, ...more

Leila Bela is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Iran
Leila Bela Leila Bela is an Iranian-born American avant-garde musician, writer, photographer, actress, multi-instrumentalist, playwright and record producer from Austin, Texas.

Ruhollah Khaleqi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Iran
Ruhollah Khaleqi Died at 59 (1906-1965) Rūhollāh Khāleqi, also spelled as Khaleghi, was a prominent Iranian musician, composer, conductor and author.

Ali Amini is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Iran
Ali Amini Died at 87 (1905-1992) Ali Amini was an Iranian politician and writer who was the Prime Minister of Iran from 6 May 1961 to 19 July 1962.

Alireza Assar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Iran
Alireza Assar age 48 Alireza Assar is an Iranian pop singer and piano player.

Ebrahim Yazdi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Iran
Ebrahim Yazdi age 87 Ebrahim Yazdi is an Iranian politician and diplomat who served as deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs in the interim government of Mehdi Bazargan, until his resignation in ...more

Vartan Gregorian is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Iran
Vartan Gregorian age 84 Vartan Gregorian is an Iranian-born Armenian-American academic, serving as the president of Carnegie Corporation of New York. Gregorian came to the United States in 1956 as a freshman, attending ...more

Abbas Milani is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Iran
Abbas Milani age 69 Abbas Malekzadeh Milani is an Iranian-American historian and author. Milani is a visiting professor of Political Science and the director of the Iranian Studies program at Stanford University. ...more

Susan Taslimi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Iran
Susan Taslimi Susan Taslimi is an Iranian actress, film director, theatre director, and screenwriter. She emigrated from Iran in 1989, now living and working in Sweden.

Fátimih Baraghání is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Iran
Fátimih Baraghání Died at 38 (1814-1852) Táhirih, also called Qurratu l-`Ayn are both titles of Fatimah Baraghani, an influential poet and theologian of the Bábí Faith in Iran. Her life, influence and execution ...more

Ali Nassirian is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Iran
Ali Nassirian age 83 Ali Nassirian is an Iranian film and theater actor, who plays both character and leading roles.

Jābir ibn Hayyān is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Iran
Jābir ibn Hayyān Abu Mūsā Jābir ibn Hayyān, also known as Geber, was a prominent Muslim polymath: a chemist and alchemist, astronomer and astrologer, engineer, geographer, philosopher, physicist, and pharmacist ...more

Ali Javan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Iran
Ali Javan age 91 Ali Javan is an Iranian-American physicist and inventor at MIT. His main contributions to science have been in the fields of quantum physics and spectroscopy. He co-invented the gas laser in ...more

Mehdi Mahdavikia is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Iran
Mehdi Mahdavikia age 40 Mehdi Mahdavikia is a retired Iranian football player who played for Persepolis, Hamburg SV, Eintracht Frankfurt, Steel Azin, Damash Gilan and also Iran national football team. He has won Asian ...more

Kaveh Golestan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Iran
Kaveh Golestan Died at 53 (1950-2003) Kāveh Golestān Taghavi Shirazi, was an Iranian photojournalist and artist. Golestan was educated at Millfield School in Somerset, England. In 1988, working as a freelance photographer, he took ...more