persians in hollywood

by f_m67 | created - 31 May 2011 | updated - 11 Mar 2014 | Public

1. Golshifteh Farahani

Actress | Darbareye Elly

Golshifteh started her acting career in theater at the age of 6 and has always kept a strong link with theater, but it was at the age of 14 that she acted in her first film Derakhte Golabi (1998), for which she won the prize for the Best Actress from the international section of the Fajr film ...

2. Nazanin Boniadi

Actress | Homeland

Nazanin Boniadi is rapidly making her mark in both film and television. She co-starred as CIA analyst Fara Sherazi on seasons three and four of the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning drama Homeland (2011), for which she shared a 2015 SAG Award nomination in the Outstanding Performance by an ...

Early life

Boniadi was born in Tehran, Iran. Her parents moved to London when she was an infant. She performed violin and ballet as a young girl.

She was educated at a private school and later moved to the US where she earned a Bachelor's Degree, with Honors, in Biological Sciences from the University of California Irvine. At UCI, she won the Chang Pin-Chun Undergraduate Research Award for molecular research involving cancer treatment and heart transplant rejection. She was also Assistant Editor-in-Chief of MedTimes, UCI's undergraduate medical newspaper.


Boniadi's first major acting role was as Leyla Mir on the Emmy Award-winning daytime drama General Hospital and its SOAPnet spin-off series General Hospital: Night Shift, making her the first contract actor to play a Middle Eastern character in American daytime television history. She is also the first Iranian-born actress to ever be on contract on an American soap opera.

She was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series in 2008 for her role in General Hospital.

Her General Hospital character died from exposure to a biotoxin in February 2009.

Boniadi has also landed supporting roles in several major Hollywood film productions, such as Charlie Wilson's War directed by Mike Nichols, Iron Man directed by Jon Favreau, and The Next Three Days directed by Paul Haggis.

In February 2011, she debuted as Nora, a love interest for Neil Patrick Harris's character Barney Stinson, on the sixth season of the hit CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. She reprised this role during the show's seventh season.

In November 2011, Boniadi appeared opposite George Clooney in a European spot for Nespresso, called The Swap, directed by Grant Heslov.

3. Sarah Shahi

Actress | Bullet to the Head

Sarah Shahi was born Aahoo Jahansouz in Euless, Texas, to an Iranian father and Spanish mother. She is a former NFL cheerleader and a descendant of a 19th-century Persian Shah. She attended Trinity High School and Dallas Southern Methodist University, studied opera and majored in English. As a ...

4. Catherine Bell

Actress | Bruce Almighty

Catherine was born in London, but moved to California with her Iranian mother at age 2. Her mother still acts as her personal assistant. As a child, she acted in various TV adverts. She went to UCLA to study biology, but dropped out to become a model in Japan. She moved back into acting with a ...

5. Shohreh Aghdashloo

Actress | House of Sand and Fog

Shohreh Aghdashloo was born Shohreh Vaziri-Tabar on May 11, 1952 in Tehran, Iran. In the 1970s at age 20, she achieved nationwide stardom in her homeland of Iran, starring in some prominent pictures such as Gozaresh (1977) directed by the renowned Abbas Kiarostami, which won critics awards at the ...

6. Habib Zargarpour

Visual_effects | The Perfect Storm

Habib Zargarpour graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design with Distinction after receiving a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia. He started his film career on 3D IMAX films ...

Habib Zargarpour is an Iranian born art director who is also active in visual effects in Hollywood. he was nominated for two Academy Awards in Visual Effects for Twister and The Perfect Storm

7. Shaun Toub

Actor | Iron Man

Shaun Toub was born in Tehran, Iran, to a Persian Jewish family. He was raised in Manchester, England. At the age of 14, he moved to Switzerland and after a two year stay, he crossed the Atlantic to Nashua, New Hampshire, to finish his last year of high school. After two years of college in ...

8. Bahar Soomekh

Actress | Crash

Bahar Soomekh was born on March 30, 1975 in Tehran, Iran, to a Persian Jewish family. She is the daughter of Manijeh and Hamid Soomekh, who owned a women's high fashion company. She has a sister, Saba Soomekh. The family moved to Los Angeles in 1979, to escape the Iranian revolution. She attended a...

9. David Diaan

Actor | The Stoning of Soraya M.

David Diaan has built an impressive career as an acclaimed Iranian American Actor, Writer, and Producer. David came to the United States as a teenager and completed high school in the Midwest. He then studied Radio, Television, & Journalism at the University of Missouri Columbia. David's first ...

10. Bobby Naderi

Actor | Under the Shadow

Born in Tehran, Naderi had an cultured childhood having being raised between Iran, Europe, Canada and the U.S. Bobby by sheer chance found his way into the Arts in his early 20s which led him to study with Judith Weston then began working on stage and the indie film. He gained notice for his lead ...

11. Barry Navidi

Producer | The Merchant of Venice

Barry Navidi was born on May 17, 1960 in Tehran, Iran as Bahram Navidi. He is a producer, known for The Merchant of Venice (2004), The Vicar's Wife (2018) and Lazarus.

12. Valentin Siroon

Actress | Justice

Valentin Siroon was born in Tehran, Iran. She is an actress and costume designer, known for Justice (2006), Life's a Beach (2012) and Nip/Tuck (2003).

13. Vida Ghahremani

Actress | Eshq va entegham

Vida Ghahremani was born on May 27, 1937 in Tehran, Iran. She is an actress and producer, known for Eshq va entegham (1965), Faryade nimeshab (1961) and The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008).

She began acting in film as a teenager. Her earliest work was in 1958's Toofan dar shahre ma (Storm in Our Town). She currently teaches creative theatre and Persian Language in Pleasanton, California and Persian Center where she has been an active member since its establishment in Berkeley, California and Artistic associate in San Francisco Golden Thread Production.

Ghahremani received a B.A. in Early Childhood Education and holds a diploma in Directing and Producing television. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the Gem and Mineral society. Vida is the mother of three and recently finished a film with director Wayne Wang called A Thousand Years of Good Prayers as supporting actress.

14. Dar Dixon

Actor | This Is Us

Dar Dixon was born on July 31, 1962 in Tehran, Iran. He is an actor and producer, known for This Is Us (2016), Scandal (2012) and Silicon Valley (2014).

15. Maz Jobrani

Actor | Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero

Maz Jobrani was born on February 26, 1972 in Tehran, Iran as Maziyar Jobrani. He is an actor and writer, known for Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero (2016), Dragonfly (2002) and Friday After Next (2002).

16. Marjan Neshat

Actress | RoboCop

Marjan Neshat was born on October 10, 1975 in Tehran, Iran. She is an actress, known for RoboCop (2014), Alfie (2004) and Sex and the City 2 (2010).

17. Daryush Shokof

Writer | Asudem

Daryush Shokof is an artist and film-maker who left Iran in the 1970s for the U.S. and under the name of AliReza Shokoufandeh. He studied mathematics and physics at E.N.M.U. and then went on to get a masters degree in management from U.D. in Texas. He became a full-time artist in Germany where he ...

18. Kami Asgar

Sound_department | Apocalypto

Kami Asgar was born on May 26, 1965 in Iran. He is known for his work on Apocalypto (2006), The Passion of the Christ (2004) and Hardcore Henry (2015).

Kami Asgar is an Iranian-American Supervising Sound Editor. Asgar is an industry professional and has over 60 credits as sound producer/editor in both film and television.

During a career that spans nearly 20 years, he has been nominated for an Emmy award for sound editing on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman in 1996 and Golden Reel Awards in 2005 for The Passion of the Christ and 2007 for Apocalypto. For his work on Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto, Asgar has been nominated for 79th Academy Award (OSCAR) for best sound editing along with colleague Sean McCormack.

In his 2007 interview with Jamejam daily, he insisted on his Iranian identity proudly.

19. Darius Khondji

Cinematographer | Amour

Darius Khondji was born on October 21, 1955 in Tehran, Iran. He is known for his work on Amour (2012), Se7en (1995) and Delicatessen (1991). He is married to Marianne Khondji. They have three children.

20. Homayoun Ershadi

Actor | The Kite Runner

Homayoun Ershadi was born in 1947 in Isfahan, Iran. He is an actor, known for The Kite Runner (2007), A Most Wanted Man (2014) and Taste of Cherry (1997).

21. Omid Djalili

Actor | The Mummy

Omid Djalili is a British Iranian stand-up comedian and actor. Omid had great success performing A Strange Bit of History, which won the Spirit of The Fringe award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1994, Omid has since become a fringe favorite with a string of sell-out shows. In 1995 it was with Short ...

22. Bob Yari

Producer | Crash

Bob Yari was born on May 30, 1961 in Iran as Babar Yaghoubzadeh. He is a producer and executive, known for Crash (2004), Hostage (2005) and The Illusionist (2006).

23. Marshall Manesh

Actor | Will & Grace

Marshall Manesh was born in Iran. He lost his father at an early age and was raised by his beloved mother, whom he feels he got his strength from to make it in show biz. He came to America in the mid "70s" and joined the Persian Theater Group and traveled extensively through out The United States, ...

24. Nasim Pedrad

Actress | Despicable Me 2

Nasim Pedrad was born on November 18, 1981 in Tehran, Iran. She is an actress, known for Despicable Me 2 (2013), No Strings Attached (2011) and Saturday Night Live (1975).

25. Adrian Pasdar

Actor | Near Dark

Adrian Pasdar was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, to Rosemarie Pasdar (née Sbresny), who owns a travel agency, and Homayoon Pasdar, a prominent heart surgeon. His father is Iranian and his mother, who was born in Germany, is of German, and some Polish, descent. At the age of 2, his father moved ...

26. Ramin Bahrani

Writer | 99 Homes

Ramin Bahrani was born on March 20, 1975 in North Carolina, USA. He is a writer and director, known for 99 Homes (2014), Chop Shop (2007) and Man Push Cart (2005).

27. Farhad Safinia

Writer | Apocalypto

Farhad Safinia was born in 1975 in Tehran, Iran. He is a writer and producer, known for Apocalypto (2006), The Professor and the Madman (2018) and Boss (2011). He has been married to Laura Regan since 2007.

Personal life

Farhad Safinia was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1975. He left Iran with his family at the age of four to live in Paris, then London. At King's College, Cambridge, where he studied Economics, he directed and acted in a number of stage productions for the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club and other theatre companies. After graduating, he moved to New York City where he studied film at the New School University and at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. In the summer of 2007 he married actress Laura Regan in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Apocalypto (2006), which he co-wrote with director/producer Mel Gibson, is his first feature length screenplay. Safinia met Gibson serving as his assistant during postproduction and promotion of The Passion of the Christ two years earlier. He is also the creator, writer and executive producer of the Starz TV series Boss. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

28. Hossein Amini

Writer | Drive

Hossein Amini was born in Iran, and when he was 11 years old, he and his family moved to England. Amini's first screenplay was for the 1994 TV movie The Dying of the Light, which was directed by Peter Kosminsky. The TV movie covered the murder of Sean Devereux, an aid worker who was murdered in ...

29. Max Amini

Actor | Heroes

Max Amini was born in Tucson, Arizona. He was raised on the East Coast and graduated from UCLA's school of Theater, Film and Television in 2004. As an actor, Max has numerous film and television credits including NBC's Heroes, regular appearances on Comedy Central's Mind of Mencia, Netflix original...

30. Amir Mokri

Cinematographer | Man of Steel

Amir Mokri was born on June 11, 1956 in Iran as Amir M. Mokri. He is known for his work on Man of Steel (2013), Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) and Lord of War (2005). He is married to Winnie Mokri.

31. Travis Cody Aimer

Actor | American Pie

Travis Cody, the second of six brothers, was born in Laguna Beach California. His father is an Airline Captain, and his mother a Gospel Singer. He started acting in Church and school plays at age two; his first role was as Baby Jesus!

When he was cast in American Pie (1999), he was sixteen, and was ...

32. Claudia Lynx

Actress | Lady Magdalene's

Claudia Lynx was born on June 8, 1982 in Tehran, Iran. She is known for her work on Lady Magdalene's (2008), The West Wing (1999) and The Sixth (2011).

33. Yara Shahidi

Actress | Salt

Yara Shahidi was born on February 10, 2000 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Yara Sayeh Shahidi. She is an actress, known for Salt (2010), Black-ish (2014) and Alex Cross (2012).

Is half African-American and half Iranian.

She is continuously learning how to speak, write, and read Farsi.

34. Reza Badiyi

Director | The Six Million Dollar Man

Reza Badiyi was born on April 17, 1929 in Arak, Iran as Reza Sayed Badiyi. He is known for his work on The Six Million Dollar Man (1974), Stop Susan Williams (1979) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). He was married to Tania Harley, Barbara Turner and Gwendolyn M Dennis. He died on August 20, ...

Date of Birth 17 April 1930, Arak, Iran

Date of Death 20 August 2011, Los Angeles, California, USA

35. Mina Badie

Actress | Road to Perdition

Mina Badie was born on November 28, 1970 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Mina Badiyi. She is an actress, known for Road to Perdition (2002), Greenberg (2010) and The Anniversary Party (2001).

Daughter of Reza Badiyi and actress-screenwriter Barbara Turner.

36. Nicholas Guilak

Actor | Saving Jessica Lynch

Nicholas Guilak was born in Houston,Texas and raised in La Jolla, California, moved to Los Angeles in 1991 and received his Bachelors of Arts from USC in Theatre, Humanities and Film. He then studied in London then Scotland were he performed in thirteen different shows, 168 performances and ...

37. Ramin Niami

Producer | Babe's and Ricky's Inn

Ramin Niami is a producer and editor, known for Babe's and Ricky's Inn (2013), Paris (2003) and Shirin in Love (2014). He is married to Karen Robson. They have two children.

38. Navid Negahban

Actor | Brothers

Navid, though sometimes called "the man of a thousand faces," is still most widely regarded as Abu Nazir, the enigmatic al-Qaeda leader he played for two seasons on Showtime's Emmy-winning original series "Homeland." Among his many fans are Israeli president Shimon Peres and U.S. president Barack ...

39. Jasmin Tabatabai

Actress | Der Baader Meinhof Komplex

She played in the woman-band "Even Cowgirls get the blues", which also helped her to play her part in the movie Bandits (1997). She wrote most of the songs for the Soundtrack of "Bandits". On 3rd December 2002, her first child, a girl named Angelina Sherri Rose, was born. Father of the child is the...

40. Ramin Djawadi

Composer | Game of Thrones

Ramin Djawadi was born on July 19, 1974 in Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He is a composer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), Iron Man (2008) and Westworld (2016). He is married to Jennifer Hawks.

He was born in Duisburg, Germany to an Iranian father and German mother

41. Sheila Vand

Actress | Argo

Sheila Vand is an actress, known for Argo (2012), A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) and 68 Kill (2017).

42. Nina Nayebi

Actress | Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior

Nina Nayebi is an actress, known for Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2011), The X-Files (1993) and 60 Seconds of Distance (2006).

43. Pej Vahdat

Actor | Bones

Pej Vahdat was born as Pejman Vahdat. He is an actor, known for Bones (2005), Shameless (2011) and Sneaky Pete (2015).

44. Taies Farzan

Actress | Argo

Taies Farzan was born in Tehran, Iran. Her family moved to Turkey and thereafter to Germany. She speaks Persian, Turkish, German, English, Kurdish. She was on stage at the age of 14 in Cologne Germany and appeared in lead positions in more than 15 stage pieces until she met Daryush Shokof in a ...

45. Sandra Ahrabian

Actress | Männerherzen

Sandra Ahrabian was born on March 22, 1979 in Tehran, Iran as Sandra Soheyla Ahrabian. She is an actress, known for Männerherzen (2009), Normal is des ned! (2009) and Anyone There? (2008).

46. Ata Servati

Producer | Baba

Ata Servati is a noted poet, playwright, novelist, prize-winning actor, filmmaker and activist. As a spiritual man, Ata has chosen to follow the path of legends such as Rumi, Omar Khayyam and Hafez. His own spirituality began at the age of four when he began to receive premonitions in his dreams. ...

47. Dominic Rains

Actor | A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Dominic Rains was born on March 1, 1982 in Tehran, Iran as Amin Nazemzadeh. He is an actor and producer, known for A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2011), Burn Country (2016) and The Taqwacores (2010).

48. Khosrow Vaziri

Actor | WWWF Championship Wrestling

Iranian professional wrestler best known for his work in the 1980s for WWE (then the WWF) as the Iron Sheik. Trained under Verne Gagne and Billy Robinson and debuted under his own name in 1973 for the American Wrestling Association. Changed to Ali Vaziri while working for NWA Big Time Wrestling (...

49. Antonio Esfandiari

Actor | Runner Runner

Antonio Esfandiari was born on December 8, 1978 in Tehran, Iran. He is an actor, known for Runner Runner (2013), The Baytown Outlaws (2012) and The Grand (2007).

50. Shaun Hasas

Actor | Lone Star

Shaun Hasas was born on March 6, 1991 in Tehran, Iran. He is an actor, known for Lone Star (2010) and The Beautiful Life: TBL (2009).

51. Armen Mirzaian

Art_department | Adventure Time with Finn & Jake

Episode #5.20 of Adventure Time (2010), entitled "Shh!", was dedicated to Mirzaian, who was killed in a car accident about three months prior to the broadcast of the episode (May 2013). The caption under his name and photo read "Aw c'mon".

52. Ojan Missaghi

Sound_department | Unfriended

Ojan Missaghi was born in 1975 in Tehran, Iran. He continued his education at the Los Angeles Film School where he got his degree in sound engineering.

He has worked in film and television as Supervising Sound Editor and Post Production Audio for great projects in the past several years.

With an ...

53. Bo Mehrad

Editorial_department | The Art of Getting By

54. Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy

Self | The Apprentice

Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy was born in May 1981 in Tehran, Iran as Mahsa Saeidi.

55. Satiar Pourvasei

Actor | JAG

Satiar Pourvasei was born on June 11, 1972 in Tehran, Iran. He is known for his work on JAG (1995), The Practice (1997) and Days of Our Lives (1965).

56. Mahsa Masoudi

Actress | The Torturer

Mahsa Masoudi was born on September 13, 1984 in Tehran, Iran. She is an actress, known for The Torturer (2008). She has been married to Christopher Rivera since March 22, 2010.

57. Michael Pavlisan

Monster House

Michael Pavlisan was born in 1972 in Tehran, Iran. He is known for his work on Monster House (2006), Played (2006) and Drawing Blood (2005).

58. Kim Modir

Casting_department | Threesome

59. Anthony Azizi

Actor | Eagle Eye

Anthony Azizi started his career many years ago, as a child, acting in plays for the Touchstone Theater run by Bill and Bridget George in Bethlehem, PA. He also started writing and staging his own plays at the age of eight for school and other public venues. He continued in the arts throughout all ...

60. Omid Abtahi

Actor | Brothers

Omid Abtahi is known for his work on Brothers (2009), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) and Last Resort (2012).

61. Reza Farahan

Actor | Yours, Mine or Ours

Reza Farahan was born on August 5, 1973 in Tehran, Iran as Reza Mehdi Farahan. He is an actor, known for Yours, Mine or Ours (2016), Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015) and Comedy Bang! Bang! (2012).

62. Mercedes Javid

Self | Shahs of Sunset

Mercedes Javid was born on August 12, 1972 in Tehran, Iran as Mercedeh Christine Javid.

63. Rosie Malek-Yonan

Actress | Rendition

Rosie Malek-Yonan was born on the fourth of July, 1955 in Tehran, Iran. She is an actress, director, producer, published author, documentary filmmaker, a classically trained pianist, composer and a human rights activist. She is a descendant of one of the oldest and most prominent Assyrian Christian...

64. Anita Khalatbari

Actress | Let's Die Together

Anahita Khalatbari is the great-granddaughter of Sepahsalar Tonekaboni-Khalatbari (Commander in Chief) who was of the Royal Khalatbari Family and served as Prime Minister of Iran for 4 terms. Due to his genius military skills and and national democratic following, he became the leader the ...

65. Babak Payami

Producer | Raye makhfi

Babak Payami was born in 1966 in Tehran, Iran. He is a producer and director, known for Raye makhfi (2001), Yek rouz bishtar (2000) and Sokoote beine do fekr (2003).

66. Amir Khalighi

Actor | SEAL Team

Amir Khalighi was born in Tehran Iran. The Iranian Revolution thwarted him out of Iran and into the neon lights of the West. His start in the arts came at the age of 17 with the theatrical lead in the UJ Production of "Our House" then laid dormant until his productions of two successful Los Angeles...

67. Nima Nourizadeh

Director | American Ultra

Nima is the son of Dr. Alireza Nourizadeh, who is an Iranian scholar, journalist and a Political Commentator for Voice of America and Deutsche Welle radio channels. Nimas' brother is the music producer, Omid Nourizadeh. Nima got his degree from Central St. Martins College of Art and Design and ...

68. Atoosa Rubenstein

Actress | American Dreams

Atoosa Rubenstein was born on January 13, 1972 in Tehran, Iran as Atoosa Behnegar. She is an actress, known for American Dreams (2002), Miss Seventeen (2005) and America's Next Top Model (2003). She has been married to Ari Rubenstein since August 29, 1998. They have one child.

69. Pedram Goshtasbpour

Visual_effects | Spider-Man

Director and writer, Pedram Goshtasbpour started his career as journeyman for feature, episodic and commercial productions in late 90s. Over fifteen years of senior-level work on bellwether films Spider-man, Spider-man 2, Final Fantasy - The Spirits Within, advertising campaigns for HBO Family and ...

70. Nazgol Goshtasbpour

Art_department | RoboCop

Toronto, Canada

71. Shiva Gordon

Actress | Army of Darkness

Shiva Gordon was born on November 12, 1973 in Tehran, Iran as Shiva Bagheri. She is an actress, known for Army of Darkness (1992), A Brand New Life (1989) and Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989).

72. Piran Zarifian

Producer | Freedom Fighter

Piran Zarifian was born on August 28th, 1983 in Tehran, Iran. Being Jewish, he found it difficult to live there. Consequently, just before his 17th birthday, in August of 1999, he emigrated to Vienna where he applied for a U.S Visa and about a year later he arrived in Los Angeles. Shortly after his...

73. Bijan Zaimi

Actor | Net Worth

Born in Iran, and raised up in Chicago and Salt Lake City, Bijan began stage and commercials at 14, then moved onto classical theater, television and Independent film. He's worked with the Chautauqua Conservetory Theater, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and The Sundance Institute. Bijan holds a ...

74. Sara Saidy

Actress | My Sixteenth Summer

Born in Tehran, Iran to Mansour & Ellie Jamiei, Sara Saidy was raised in her home town along with her younger brother and sister. Her parents divorced when she was fifteen and she and her siblings were raised primarily by their mother, who later remarried. She went on to attend Tehran University. ...

75. Saad Lorestani

Actor | My Sixteenth Summer

Saad Lorestani is an actor, known for My Sixteenth Summer (2009).

76. Savvy Lorestani

Producer | My Sixteenth Summer

Savvy Lorestani is a producer and director, known for My Sixteenth Summer (2009), The Adventures of Paula Peril (2014) and Paula Peril: Mystery of the Crystal Falcon (2009).

78. Michael Farnia

Producer | Deported

Michael Farnia was born on January 6, 1969 in Tehran, Iran. He is an actor and producer, known for Deported, Solitude (2007) and The Rescuer (2009).

79. Nader Khalili

Writer | Earth Turns to Gold

Nader Khalili was born on February 22, 1936 in Tehran, Iran. He was a writer, known for Earth Turns to Gold (2009), Making of a Dream (2009) and Design with Nature (2009). He was married to Iliona Khalili. He died on March 5, 2008 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

80. Ali Saam

Actor | Argo

Ali Saam was born in Tehran, Iran. Growing up, he was a huge fan of characters such as Batman and Zorro and Western films and TV shows in general. He moved to the United States in the late 1970s to continue his education abroad. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (CIS...

81. Tony Zarindast

Director | Cat in the Cage

Tony Zarindast was born in 1934 in Tabriz, Iran as Mohammad Zarrindast. He was a director and writer, known for Cat in the Cage (1978), The Guns and the Fury (1981) and Red Room (1992). He died on November 29, 2016 in Tehran, Iran.

82. Diana Biglari

Make_up_department | Notre Mensonge

83. Carolena Sabah

Actress | Knuckle Draggers

Carolena Sabah was born on August 15, 1974 in Tehran, Iran. She is an actress and producer, known for Knuckle Draggers (2009), Don't Gag Me (2007) and The Experimental Witch (2009).

84. Reza Aslan


Reza Aslan was born in 1972 in Tehran, Iran. He is a producer and writer, known for Rendition (2007), Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth and The Leftovers (2014).

85. Kambiz Shabankare

Director | Head Over Heels

Kambiz Shabankare was born on July 18, 1973, Tehran/Iran. He studied Theater direction at Sooreh Art University of Tehran and later Radio, Television and Film at Austin Community College. Since 1998, he has directed numerous experimental theatre, short and documentary films (including Head Over ...

87. Taymaz Saba

Composer | Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming

Composer, conductor and sound designer Taymaz Saba is inspired by the sounds of the nature and also classical composers Vivaldi, Beethoven, Bach, and film composers such as Nino Rota, Henry Mancini, Bernard Hermann and Ennio Morricone. Taymaz was born in Tehran and raised in an artistic family. He ...

88. Soudabeh Moradian

Director | Polaris

She was born in Tehran-Iran and graduated from the Art University of Tehran (School of Cinema & Theater), majored in cinema. She also has an MFA degree in Film and Video from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) . She started her career in filmmaking, screenwriting and editing in 1996. She ...

89. Rabeah Ghaffari

Producer | The Troupe

Rabeah Ghaffari was born in Iran in 1971 and has been living in New York City since 1981. She is a writer, filmmaker and actress. She has performed at many New York theaters including La MaMa, ETC, Theatre 22, The Judith Anderson and The Kitchen. Her film acting credits include "Windows", by Shoja ...

90. Tandees Tanavoli

Producer | Impromptu: The Audition

Tandees' first film was destroyed when the building that housed her film school was hit by bombs in the Iran/Iraq war. She was then 16 years old. After graduating from high school, Tandees and her family moved to Vancouver, Canada, where she continued her studies in media, television and later on ...

91. Niousha Noor

Actress | #Persianize

Niousha Noor is an actress and producer, known for #Persianize (2017), Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero (2016) and Oh Snap! I'm Trapped in the House with a Crazy Lunatic Serial Killer! (2008).

92. Sam Golzari

Actor | 21

Sam Golzari was born on July 12, 1979 in Hammersmith, London, England. He is an actor and director, known for 21 (2008), American Dreamz (2006) and Salchichas (2017).

93. Kevan Moezzi

Actor | Raimbo

Kevan "K-von" Moezzi (born on August 1, 1985 Reno, Nevada) is an internationally touring standup comedian / actor / host best known for his work on MTV's "Disaster Date", "Last Comic Standing" (NBC) to name a few. He has appeared in movies, television shows, and on the talk show circuit and has ...

94. Bita Milanian

Actress | Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero

Bita Milanian is an actress, known for Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero (2016).

95. Anousha Alamian

Actor | The Predator

Anousha Alamian is an actor, known for The Predator (2018), Prison Break (2005) and Death Note (2017).

96. Puya Abbassi

Actor | Argo

Puya Abbassi is an actor, known for Argo (2012), Shirin in Love (2014) and Silk (2014).

97. Jami Tehrani

Actor | Tolkien's Road

Jami Tehrani is an actor, known for Tolkien's Road (2014) and Up and at 'Em (2014).

98. David Dabiri

Actor | Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero

David Dabiri is an actor, known for Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero (2016).