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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 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
age 36
Anousheh Ansari is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Iran
age 52
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 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 41
Mohammadreza Golzar, is an Iranian actor and musician.
Omid Kordestani is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Iran
age 56
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
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 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
age 68
Hossein Alizadeh is a film score composer.
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Iran
Dec. 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
age 40
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
Dec. 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
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
age 81
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
age 65
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
age 58
Massoumeh Ebtekar is a Politician and Journalist.
Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Iran
Dec. 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
age 91
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
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 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
age 58
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