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Famous Iranian Americans

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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. 
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  • Actress.
    Aahoo Jahansouz "Sarah" Shahi (Persian: آهو جهانسوز سارا شاهی‎; born January 10, 1980) is an...  more
  • Actress.
    Catherine Bell may refer to: Catherine Bell (religious studies scholar), American scholar of...  more
  • Actress, comedian.
    Nasim Pedrad (Persian: نسیم پدراد‎; born November 18, 1981) is an American actress and...  more
  • TV/soap opera actress.
    Nadia Alexandra Bjorlin (born August 2, 1980) is an American actress, singer, and model....  more
  • Television and film actress.
    Nazanin Boniadi (; Persian: نازنین بنیادی‎ [nɑzæˈniːn bonjɑˈdiː]; (born 22 May 1979) is an...  more
  • Retired professional wrestler, better known by his stage name of The Iron Sheik.
    Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri (born March 15, 1943), better known by his ring name The Iron...  more
  • Academy Award-nominated film/television actress
    Shohreh Aghdashloo (born May 11, 1952) is an Iranian-American actress. Following numerous...  more
  • Anchor of ABC Sunday morning political affairs program, former CNN chief international correspondent.
    Christiane Maria Heideh Amanpour ( (listen); Persian: كرستين امانپور‎, romanized: Kristiane...  more
  • Comedian.
    Maziyar "Maz" Jobrani (Persian: مازیار جبرانی‎; born February 26, 1972) is an Iranian-American...  more
  • Actor.
    Adrian Pasdar (born April 30, 1965) is an American actor and voice artist. He is known for...  more
  • Max Amini

    Age: 39
    Comedian.
    Max Amini (Persian: مکس امینی‎, Persian pronunciation: [mæks æmiːniː] born in Tucson, Arizona)...  more
  • Professional wrestler and manager, better known by his stage names of Sheik Abdul Bashir or simply Daivari.
    Dara Shawn Daivari (Persian: دارا داوری‎) (born April 30, 1984) is an American professional...  more
  • Founder of e-Bay.
    Pierre Morad Omidyar (Persian: پیر مراد امیدیار‎, Persian pronunciation: [piːjeɾ moɾɑːd...  more
  • Actress.
    Bahar Soomekh (Persian: بهار سومخ‎, born March 30, 1975) is an American actress. She is best...  more
  • Cofounder, Prodea systems, Inc.
    Anousheh Ansari (Persian: Anuŝe Ansāri‎; née Raissyan; born September 12, 1966) is an...  more
  • 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.
    Rudabeh “Rudi” Bakhtiar is a producer for Reuters in Washington, D.C. She is likely best known...  more
  • Stanford University Professor.
    Maryam Mirzakhani (Persian: مریم میرزاخانی‎, pronounced [mæɾˈjæm miːɾzɑːxɑːˈniː]; 12 May 1977...  more
  • Rosie Malek-Yonan

    Age: 55
    Author of The Crimson Field; Actress, director, and documentary filmmaker.
    Rosie Malek-Yonan (b. July 4, 1965) is an Assyrian-American actress, author, director, public...  more
  • Stand-up comedian.
    Dan Ahdoot (Persian: دن آهدوت‎; Hebrew: דאן אהדוות‎) is a stand-up comedian who primarily...  more
  • Reza Aslan

    Age: 48
    Writer.
    Reza Aslan (Persian: رضا اصلان‎, IPA: [ˈɾezɒː æsˈlɒːn]; born May 3, 1972) is an...  more
  • Fashion designer.
    Elie Tahari is an Israeli-American luxury fashion designer of men and women's clothing. Elie...  more
  • Champion poker player.
    Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari (Persian: امیر اسفندیاری‎; born December 8, 1978 as Amir...  more
  • Soccer coach, former assistant coach of Korea Republic national football team, Los Angeles Galaxy and Iran national team.
    Afshin Ghotbi' (Persian: افشین قطبی‎, born 8 February 1964 in Tehran, Iran) is an Iranian...  more
  • Keyboard player of Vampire Weekend, music producer.
    Rostam Batmanglij (born November 28, 1983), known mononymously as Rostam, is an American...  more
  • Amir Mokri

    Age: 64
    Director of photography.
    Amir M. Mokri (Persian: امیر مکری‎; born June 11, 1956) is an Iranian-American cinematographer...  more