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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. 

Sarah Shahi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
age 39 Actress. Aahoo Jahansouz "Sarah" Shahi is an American television actress and former NFL Cheerleader. She played Kate Reed in the USA Network legal drama Fairly Legal in 2011–12 and currently ...more

Catherine Bell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
age 50 Actress. Catherine Lisa Bell is a British American actress known for her role of Lieutenant Colonel Sarah MacKenzie of the television series JAG from 1997 to 2005, Denise Sherwood of the series Army ...more

Nasim Pedrad is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
age 37 Actress, comedian. Nasim Pedrad is an Iranian American actress and comedian. She is best known for her five seasons as a cast member of Saturday Night Live.

Nadia Bjorlin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
age 38 TV/soap opera actress. Nadia Alexandra Bjorlin is an American actress, singer, and model.

Nazanin Boniadi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
age 38 Television and film actress. Nazanin Boniadi (born 22 May 1980) is an Iranian-British actress. Boniadi changed her career path from science and started pursuing acting in 2006. Her first major acting role was as Leyla Mir ...more

The Iron Sheik is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
age 78 Retired professional wrestler, better known by his stage name of The Iron Sheik. Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri is an Iranian former professional wrestler and actor better known by his ring name The Iron Sheik. Vaziri is a one time world champion, having won the World Wrestling ...more

Shohreh Aghdashloo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
age 66 Academy Award-nominated film/television actress Shohreh Aghdashloo is an Iranian-American actress. Following numerous starring roles on the stage, her first major film role was in The Report directed Abbas Kiarostami, which won the Critics ...more

Christiane Amanpour is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
age 61 Anchor of ABC Sunday morning political affairs program, former CNN chief international correspondent. Christiane Amanpour is CNNs chief international correspondent based in New York. Amanpour has reported on most crises from the worlds many news hotspots, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, ...more

Maz Jobrani is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
age 46 Comedian. Maziyar “Maz” Jobrani, also known as Persian Pink Panther, is an Iranian-American comedian and actor who is part of the "Axis of Evil" comedy group. The group appeared on a comedy ...more

Adrian Pasdar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
age 53 Actor. Adrian Pasdar is an American actor, voice artist, and film director. He is known for playing Jim Profit on the TV series Profit, for his roles in Near Dark, Carlito's Way, Mysterious Ways and as ...more

Max Amini is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
age 37 Comedian. Max Amini born in Tucson, Arizona is an Iranian comedian. He graduated from UCLA Acting Program in 2004. He speaks fluent Persian and conversational Arabic. Max Amini was born in Tucson Arizona, ...more

Shawn Daivari is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
age 34 Professional wrestler and manager, better known by his stage names of Sheik Abdul Bashir or simply Daivari. Dara Daivari is an American professional wrestler, currently performing on the independent circuit as Shawn Daivari. He is best known for his work with World Wrestling Entertainment as simply ...more

Pierre Omidyar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
age 51 Founder of e-Bay. Pierre Morad Omidyar is a French-born Iranian-American entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the founder and chairman of the eBay auction site. He became a billionaire at the age of 31 with ...more

Bahar Soomekh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
age 43 Actress. Bahar Soomekh is an Iranian-American actress and environmental activist. She is best known for her roles in the films Crash and Saw III.

Anousheh Ansari is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
age 52 Cofounder, Prodea systems, Inc. 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

Rudi Bakhtiar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
age 52 Voice of America employee, former Director of Public Relations for the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), former FOX news anchor, former CNN anchor. Rudi Bakhtiar is a producer for Thomson Reuters television. She is most known for anchoring a prime time national three hour news cast in the United States, called "CNN Headline News ...more

Maryam Mirzakhani is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
age 41 Stanford University Professor. Maryam Mirzakhani is an Iranian mathematician working in the United States. Since 1 September 2008, she has served as a professor of mathematics at Stanford University. In 2014, Mirzakhani ...more

Rosie Malek-Yonan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
age 53 Author of The Crimson Field; Actress, director, and documentary filmmaker. Rosie Malek-Yonan is an actress, author, director, public figure and activist.

Dan Ahdoot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Stand-up comedian. Dan Ahdoot went to college at the prestigious Johns Hopkins University and graduated with honors as a pre-med student. Shortly thereafter, he decided to take the secure route and ditch medicine ...more

Reza Aslan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
age 46 Writer. Reza Aslan is an Iranian-American writer, scholar of religious studies and a professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. He is a member of American Academy of ...more

Elie Tahari is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
age 67 Fashion designer. Elie Tahari is an Israeli-American luxury fashion designer of men and women's clothing. Elie Tahari, Ltd., the company he founded, has annual revenue of more than $500 million.

Antonio Esfandiari is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
age 40 Champion poker player. Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari, born Amir Esfandiari, is a professional poker player and former professional magician, known for his elaborate chip tricks. Esfandiari is the face of ...more

Afshin Ghotbi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
age 55 Soccer coach, former assistant coach of Korea Republic national football team, Los Angeles Galaxy and Iran national team. Afshin Ghotbi is an Iranian-American football coach and the last head coach of the Japanese side Shimizu S-Pulse in J-League.

Rostam Batmanglij is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
age 35 Keyboard player of Vampire Weekend, music producer. Rostam Batmanglij is an Iranian-American songwriter, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist of New York City-based indie rock band Vampire Weekend and electro-soul group Discovery.

Amir Mokri is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
age 62 Director of photography. Amir M. Mokri is an Iranian cinematographer known for his work on such films as Man of Steel and Transformers: Age of Extinction. Mokri was born in Iran and emigrated to the United States in ...more