Famous Iranian Americans

Famous Iranians
Updated June 14, 2019 49.5k views 154 items

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

Birthplace: Euless, Texas, United States of America

Actress. Aahoo Jahansouz "Sarah" Shahi (Persian: آهو جهانسوز سارا شاهی‎; born January 10, 1980) is an Iranian-American television actress and former NFL Cheerleader of Iranian and Spanish ...more
Catherine Bell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Age: 50

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Actress. Catherine Bell may refer to: Catherine Bell (religious studies scholar), American scholar of religious studies Catherine Bell (actress), American actress Catherine J. Bell, Canadian trade ...more
Nasim Pedrad is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Age: 37

Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Actress, comedian. Nasim Pedrad (Persian: نسیم پدراد‎; born November 18, 1981) is an American actress and comedian best known for her five seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2009 to 2014. She has ...more
Nadia Bjorlin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Age: 35

Birthplace: Newport, Rhode Island, USA

TV/soap opera actress. Nadia Alexandra Bjorlin (born August 2, 1980) is an American actress, singer, and model.
Nazanin Boniadi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Age: 38

Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Television and film actress. Nazanin Boniadi (; Persian: نازنین بنیادی‎ [nɑzæˈniːn bonjɑˈdiː]; (born 22 May 1979) is an Iranian-British actress and human rights defender.
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 (born March 15, 1943), better known by his ring name The Iron Sheik, is an Iranian-American former professional wrestler, amateur wrestler and actor. Vaziri is the ...more
Shohreh Aghdashloo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Age: 66

Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Academy Award-nominated film/television actress Shohreh Aghdashloo (born May 11, 1952) is an Iranian-American actress. Following numerous starring roles on the stage, her first major film role was in The Report (Gozāresh) (1977) directed by ...more
Christiane Amanpour is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Age: 61

Birthplace: England, London

Anchor of ABC Sunday morning political affairs program, former CNN chief international correspondent. Christiane Maria Heideh Amanpour ( (listen); Persian: كرستين امانپور‎, romanized: Kristiane Amānpur; born 12 January 1958) is a British-Iranian journalist and television host. Amanpour is the ...more
Maz Jobrani is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Age: 46

Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Comedian. Maziyar "Maz" Jobrani (Persian: مازیار جبرانی‎; born February 26, 1972) is an Iranian-American comedian and actor who is part of the "Axis of Evil" comedy group. The group ...more
Adrian Pasdar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Age: 53

Birthplace: Pittsfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

Actor. Adrian Pasdar (born April 30, 1965) is an American actor and voice artist. He is known for playing Jim Profit on the TV series Profit, for his roles in Near Dark, Carlito's Way, Mysterious Ways ...more
Max Amini is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Age: 37

Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona, USA

Comedian. Max Amini (Persian: مکس امینی‎, Persian pronunciation: [mæks æmiːniː] born in Tucson, Arizona) is an Iranian American comedian. He is bilingual in English and Persian. Max Amini was ...more
Shawn Daivari is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Age: 34

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

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 wrestler currently signed to WWE as a producer. He is best known for his work with World Wrestling ...more
Pierre Omidyar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Age: 51

Birthplace: Paris, France

Founder of e-Bay. Pierre Morad Omidyar (Persian: پیر مراد امیدیار‎, Persian pronunciation: [piːjeɾ moɾɑːd omiːdjɑːɾ] born June 21, 1967) is an American billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the ...more
Bahar Soomekh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Age: 43

Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Actress. Bahar Soomekh (Persian: بهار سومخ‎, born March 30, 1975) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles in Crash and the Saw franchise.
Anousheh Ansari is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Age: 49

Birthplace: Mashhad, Iran

Cofounder, Prodea systems, Inc. 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
Rudi Bakhtiar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Age: 52

Birthplace: Fresno, California

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 for anchoring CNN Headline News Tonight, a prime-time national three-hour news cast in the United ...more
Maryam Mirzakhani is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Age: 41

Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Stanford University Professor. Maryam Mirzakhani (Persian: مریم میرزاخانی‎, pronounced [mæɾˈjæm miːɾzɑːxɑːˈniː]; 12 May 1977 – 14 July 2017) was an Iranian mathematician and a professor of mathematics at Stanford ...more
Rosie Malek-Yonan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Rosie Malek-Yonan Age: 53

Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

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 figure and activist. Malek-Yonan became a noted pianist at an early age. Having graduated from the ...more
Dan Ahdoot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Stand-up comedian. Dan Ahdoot (Persian: دن آهدوت‎; Hebrew: דאן אהדוות‎) is a stand-up comedian who primarily performs in New York City. He is well known for being a contestant on season two of NBC's reality TV ...more
Reza Aslan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Age: 46

Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Writer. Reza Aslan (Persian: رضا اصلان‎, IPA: [ˈɾezɒː æsˈlɒːn]; born May 3, 1972) is an Iranian-American scholar of religious studies, writer, and television host. He has written three books on ...more
Elie Tahari is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Age: 67

Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

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

Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Champion poker player. Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari (Persian: امیر اسفندیاری‎; born December 8, 1978 as Amir Esfandiary), is a professional poker player and former professional magician, known for his ...more
Afshin Ghotbi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Age: 55

Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

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 American football coach.
Rostam Batmanglij is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Age: 35

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Keyboard player of Vampire Weekend, music producer. Rostam Batmanglij (born November 28, 1983), known mononymously as Rostam, is an American songwriter, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist of electro-soul group Discovery, and formerly ...more
Amir Mokri is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Iranian Americans
Age: 62

Birthplace: Iran

Director of photography. Amir M. Mokri (Persian: امیر مکری‎; born June 11, 1956) is an Iranian-American cinematographer known for his work on blockbuster action films such films as Bad Boys II, Fast & Furious, Man ...more