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Famous People From Iran

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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
age 62
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (Persian: محمود احمدی‌نژاد‎, romanized: Mahmud Ahmadinezhād [mæhmuːd(-e) æhmædiːneʒɒːd] (listen)), born Mahmoud Sabbaghian (Persian: صباغیان‎, romanized: ...more
Claudia Lynx is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Iran
age 36
Anousheh Ansari is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Iran
age 49
Anousheh Ansari (Persian: Anuŝe Ansāri‎; née Raissyan; born September 12, 1966) is an Iranian-American engineer and co-founder and chairwoman of Prodea Systems. Her previous business ...more
Cyrus the Great is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Iran
Cyrus II of Persia (Old Persian:
Shapour Bakhtiar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Iran
Dec. at 77 (1914-1991)
Shapour Bakhtiar (Persian: شاپور بختیار‎ Listen ; 26 June 1914 – 6 August 1991) was an Iranian politician who served as the last Prime Minister of Iran under the Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi. He ...more
Nasir al-Din Tusi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Iran
Nasir al-Din Tusi Dec. at 73 (1201-1274)
Muhammad ibn Muhammad ibn al-Hasan al-Tūsī (Persian: محمد بن محمد بن حسن طوسی‎‎ 18 February 1201 – 26 June 1274), better known as Nasir al-Din Tusi (Persian: نصیر الدین طوسی‎; or simply Tusi in ...more
Hassan Ali Mansur is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Iran
Dec. at 42 (1923-1965)
Hasan Ali Mansur (13 April 1923 – 27 January 1965) was an Iranian politician who was Prime Minister from 1964 to 1965. He served during the White Revolution of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and was ...more
Mohammad-Javad Bahonar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Iran
Dec. at 48 (1933-1981)
Mohammad Javad Bahonar (Persian: محمدجواد باهنر‎, 5 September 1933 – 30 August 1981) was a Shia Iranian theologian and politician who served as the Prime Minister of Iran for less than one month ...more
Mohammad Reza Golzar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Iran
Mohammad Reza Golzar age 41
Mohammad Reza Golzar (Persian: محمد رضا گلزار‎, born March 31, 1977) is an Iranian actor, singer, television host and model.
Omid Kordestani is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Iran
age 56
Omid R. Kordestani (Persian: امید کردستانی‎, born 1963) is an Iranian-American businessman who has been the Executive Chairman at Twitter since October 2015. He was previously a Senior Vice ...more
Mir-Hossein Mousavi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Iran
age 77
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
Dec. at 87 (1919-2006)
Ali Tajvidi (Persian: علی تجويدی‎; November 7, 1919 – March 15, 2006) was an Iranian musician, composer, violinist, songwriter, and music professor at the School of National Music and Tehran ...more
Hossein Alizadeh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Iran
age 68
Hossein Alizadeh (Persian: حسین علیزاده‎) is an Iranian musician, composer, radif-preserver, researcher, teacher, and tar and setar instrumentalist and improviser. He has performed with such ...more
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Iran
Dec. at 61 (1919-1980)
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (Persian: محمدرضا پهلوی‎, pronounced [mohæmˈmæd reˈzɒː ˈʃɒːh pæhlæˈviː]; 26 October 1919 – 27 July 1980), also known as Mohammad Reza Shah (محمدرضا ...more
Ali Karimi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Iran
age 40
Ali Karimi (Persian: علی کریمی‎ Persian: [ɑli kæriˈmi] (listen) (born 8 November 1978) nicknamed "Maradona of Asia", is an Iranian coach and retired footballer. He has played for ...more
Bahá'u'lláh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Iran
Dec. at 75 (1817-1892)
Bahá'u'lláh (; Persian : بهاءالله ; November 12, 1817 – May 29, 1892), born Mírzá Ḥusayn-`Alí Núrí (Persian: میرزا حسین‌علی نوری‎), was a Persian ...more
Parviz Tanavoli is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Iran
age 81
Parviz Tanavoli (born 23 March 1937 in Tehran) is an Iranian sculptor, painter, scholar and art collector. He has lived in Vancouver, Canada since 1989. Tanavoli's work has been auctioned around ...more
Mehdi Karroubi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Iran
age 81
Mehdi Karroubi (Persian: مهدی کروبی‎, romanized: Mehdī Karrūbĩ, born 26 September 1937) is an Iranian Shia cleric and reformist politician leading the National Trust Party. Following 2009–2010 ...more
Saeed Hajjarian is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Iran
age 65
Saeed Hajjarian (Persian: سعید حجاریان‎, born 1954) is an Iranian reformist political strategist, journalist, pro-democracy activist and former intelligence officer. He was a member of Tehran's ...more
Masoumeh Ebtekar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Iran
age 58
Masoumeh Ebtekar (Persian: معصومه ابتکار‎; born Masoumeh, Niloufar Ebtekar; 21 September 1960) is current Vice President of Iran for Women and Family Affairs, being appointed on 9 August 2017. ...more
Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Iran
Dec. at 71 (854-925)
Abū Bakr Muhammad ibn Zakariyyā al-Rāzī (Persian: ابوبكر محمّد زکرياى رازى‎ Abūbakr Mohammad-e Zakariyyā-ye Rāzī, also known by his Latinized name Rhazes () or Rasis; 854–925 CE), was a Persian ...more
Musa al-Sadr is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Iran
age 91
Musa al-Sadr (Arabic: الإمام موسى الصدر‎‎; Persian: سید موسى صدر‎‎; 4 June 1928 – disappeared in Libya on 31 August 1978) is a Lebanese-Iranian philosopher and Shi'a religious leader from a long ...more
Nima Behnoud is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Iran
age 42
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
Dec. at 81 (1930-2011)
Ezzatollah Sahabi (9 May 1930 – 31 May 2011) was an Iranian politician and journalist. He was a parliament member from 1980 to 1984.
Reza Pahlavi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Iran
age 58
Reza Pahlavi may refer to: Reza Shah (1878–1944), a.k.a. Reza Shah Pahlavi, Shah of Iran from 1925 until 1941 Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (1919–1980), Shah of Iran from 1941 to 1979, son of Reza Shah ...more