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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
Sarah Shahi age 38 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
Catherine Bell age 49 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
Nasim Pedrad age 36 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
Nadia Bjorlin age 37 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
Nazanin Boniadi age 37 Television and film actress. Nazanin Boniadi is an Iranian actress.

The Iron Sheik is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
The Iron Sheik 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
Shohreh Aghdashloo age 65 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
Christiane Amanpour age 60 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
Maz Jobrani 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
Adrian Pasdar age 52 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
Max Amini age 36 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
Shawn Daivari age 33 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

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Pierre Omidyar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Pierre Omidyar age 50 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
Bahar Soomekh age 40 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
Anousheh Ansari age 51 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
Rudi Bakhtiar age 51 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
Maryam Mirzakhani age 40 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

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Rosie Malek-Yonan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Rosie Malek-Yonan age 52 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
Dan Ahdoot 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
Reza Aslan age 45 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
Elie Tahari age 66 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
Antonio Esfandiari age 39 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

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Afshin Ghotbi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Afshin Ghotbi age 54 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
Rostam Batmanglij age 34 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
Amir Mokri age 61 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

Lily Afshar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Lily Afshar Female classical guitarist. Lily Afshar is an Iranian American classical guitarist.

Shaun Toub is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Shaun Toub age 55 Actor. Shaun Toub is an Iranian film and television actor. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Yinsen in 2008's Iron Man, Farhad in the 2004 movie Crash, Rahim Khan in the movie The Kite Runner, ...more

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Artemis Pebdani is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Artemis Pebdani age 40 Actress. Artemis Pebdani is an actress best known for her work as Artemis on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, in which she plays a foul-mouthed friend of Sweet Dee.

Daron Malakian is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Daron Malakian age 42 Guitarist/vocalist of four-piece Alternative metal band System Of A Down. Daron Vartan Malakian is an Armenian–American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He is best known as the guitarist, songwriter, and second vocalist of the rock band ...more

Touraj Daryaee is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Touraj Daryaee age 51 Iranologist. Touraj Daryaee is a contemporary Persian Iranologist and historian, now the Howard Baskerville Professor in the history of Iran and the Persianate World at the University of California, Irvine. ...more

Omid Kordestani is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Omid Kordestani age 55 Former Senior Vice President of Google 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

Bob Yari is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Bob Yari age 56 Academy Award winning film producer. Bob Yari is an Iranian-American film producer. Yari was born in Tehran, Iran. He grew up in New York City, and studied cinematography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Producers of ...more

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Reza Badiyi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Reza Badiyi Died at 81 (1930-2011) TV director. Reza Sayed Badiyi was an Iranian-American film director. Badiyi also directed episodes of many popular television series. His credits also include developing the opening montages for Hawaii ...more

Ramin Djawadi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Ramin Djawadi age 43 Composer. Ramin Djawadi is an Iranian-German composer of orchestral music for film, television and video games. Djawadi is best known for his Grammy-nominated, guitar-driven scores for Iron Man and ...more

Roxana Saberi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Roxana Saberi age 40 Photojournalist whose 2009 arrest in Iran became a cause celebre. Roxana Saberi is a freelance journalist.

Sam Nazarian is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Sam Nazarian age 43 CEO of the SBE Entertaintment Group. Sam Nazarian is an American businessman, actor and film producer.

Nima Arkani-Hamed is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Nima Arkani-Hamed age 45 Physicist from Harvard. Nima Arkani-Hamed is an American-Canadian theoretical physicist with interests in high-energy physics, string theory and cosmology. Arkani-Hamed is now on the faculty at the Institute for ...more

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Emud Mokhberi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Emud Mokhberi age 40 Academy Award nominated director/animator. Emud Mokhberi is an Iranian-American film director. In 2009, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for "Oktapodi". Oktapodi was also included in the ...more

Marshall Manesh is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Marshall Manesh age 67 Actor. Marshall Manesh is an Iranian/American actor. Manesh has appeared in recurring roles on the television shows Will & Grace, Scrubs, Andy Barker, P.I.,Hot in Cleveland, Boston Legal, and, most ...more

Ali Tabatabaee is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Ali Tabatabaee age 45 One of the lead singers of Orange County, California-based pop-punk band Zebrahead. Ali Tabatabaee is one of two main vocalists in the band Zebrahead. He is from Tehran, Iran but moved to California at the age of 6. He attended high school in La Habra, California, where he met ...more

Alecko Eskandarian is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Alecko Eskandarian age 35 American soccer player. Alecko Eskandarian is an American former soccer player of Armenian-Iranian descent. He is the assistant coach for New York Cosmos and head coach for their reserve team, New York Cosmos B.

Najmieh Batmanglij is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Najmieh Batmanglij age 71 Chef, writer. Najmieh Batmanglij is an Iranian-American chef and award-winning cookbook author.

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Manny Mashouf is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Manny Mashouf age 80 Founder and Chairman of bebe stores. Manny Mashouf is an American businessman born in Tehran. He came to the USA in his teens and settled first in Washington DC, then in San Francisco. There, he went to San Francisco State ...more

Vahid Tarokh is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Vahid Tarokh Leading communication theorist, Harvard University. Vahid Tarokh is an electrical engineer who has contributed to telecommunication, specifically to signal processing for wireless communications.

Jonathan Ahdout is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Jonathan Ahdout age 29 Actor. Jonathan Ahdout is an American actor. Ahdout was born in Santa Monica, California to Yahya Ahdout and Jacqueline Hayempour, Iranian Jews who left Iran to go to the U.S. with their baby daughter ...more

Amir Talai is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Amir Talai age 40 Actor. Amir Talai is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice artist, and comedian. He is the voice of Master Crane and other characters in Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness.

Amir Naderi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Amir Naderi age 71 Film director. Amir Naderi is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, and photographer. He is best known for The Runner and Vegas: Based on a True Story.

Cumrun Vafa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Cumrun Vafa age 58 String theorist in Harvard. 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.

Kamshad Kooshan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Kamshad Kooshan age 55 Screenwriter & director. Kamshad Kooshan is an Iranian-American Movie Writer and Director. كامشاد كوشان Iranian-born & Bay Area film director, screenwriter and film producer, Kamshad Kooshan, immigrated to the ...more

Cyrus Bolooki is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Cyrus Bolooki age 38 Drummer of New Found Glory. Cyrus Bolooki is a member of the musical group, New Found Glory.