From "PERSIA" with love : Who is Iranian in Hollywood ?!

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Shohreh Aghdashloo
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 The Report (The Report) directed by the renowned Abbas Kiarostami, which won critics awards at the Moscow Film Festival...
 
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Golshifteh Farahani
Actress, Body of Lies
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 The Pear Tree, for which she won the prize for the Best Actress from the international section of the Fajr film festival, immediately making her one of the stars of Iranian cinema...
 
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Asghar Farhadi
Asghar Farhadi was born in 1972 in Iran. He became interested in cinema in his teenage years and started his filmmaking education by joining the Youth Cinema Society of Esfahan in 1986 where he made 8mm and 16mm short films. He received his Bachelors in Theater from University of Tehran's School of...
 
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Bob Yari
Producer, Crash
 
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Adrian Pasdar
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 the family to Powelton...
 
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Peyman Moaadi
Peyman Maadi was born in 1972 in New York City to an Iranian couple. His father was a lawyer. His family moved back to Iran when he was 5 years old. He graduated in Metallurgical Engineering from Karaj Azad University. Maadi started his film career as a screenwriter in late 2000s. He is the writer of several famous Iranian films...
 
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Ali Mosaffa
Actor, Le passé
Mosaffa was born in Tehran, Iran. His father, Mozaher Mosaffa is a renowned Persian poet and professor of Persian literature at the University of Tehran (UT). Mosaffa's mother, Amir Banoo Karimi is also a leading scholar and professor of Persian literature at the University of Tehran (UT) and the eldest daughter of the legendary Persian poet, Amiri Firuzkuhi...
 
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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," for which she shared a 2015 SAG Award nomination in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series category...
 
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Bahar Soomekh
Actress, Saw III
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 yeshiva...
 
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Sarah Shahi
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 teenager...
 
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Nadia Bjorlin
Nadia Bjorlin was born the fifth out of six children. Her parents Ulf Björlin (a Swedish conductor and composer, known to be the worlds most active opera composer during the 20th century) and Fary Bjorlin. Her siblings are Katja, Kaj, Kamilla, Ulf J:r and Jean Paul. (Each sibling have a history of artistic or creative work in their background...
 
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Nicole Sadighi
Actress, I Am Neda
Nicole, the daughter of two prominent Iranian-American journalists, Nader Sadighi and Shahla Arasteh, grew up in London, England, in a little town called Twickenham, Richmond upon Thames. And it was those early years that she remembers wanting to grow up to be an actress. At the age of nine she auditioned...
 
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Catherine Bell
Actress, JAG
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 Mexican...
 
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Leyla Milani
Leyla--AKA Lucky #13 can be seen on several hit network shows, several upcoming motion picture releases, as well as a new nationally televised Budweiser commercial. As Brittany, "the girl on the go in the 310," Leyla Milani adds to her ever growing list of film credits, appearing in this highly acclaimed independent movie...
 
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Nikka Far
Actress, Argo
 
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Saye Yabandeh
Actress, 5th & Alameda
3 times Best Actress Award winner Saye Yabnadeh. After deciding to use film to build a platform to share a message with the world, Saye moved to Los Angeles and studied acting at The Meisner Center and directing at UCLA. She is fluent in English and Farsi, and has traveled much of the world for plays and film work and to experience life...
 
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Samira Soroory
Samira Soroory was born on July 18, 1988 in Tampa, Florida. She has one older brother, Bobby Soroory (1984). Samira came into her talent at an early age and became involved in her school theater in Tampa, Florida. At 14, her and her family moved to Los Angeles and that is where her passion for acting was able to be nurtured by her surroundings...
 
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Maryam Foruhi
Editorial Department, Houreya wa ain
Maryam Foruhi is an Iranian Born, Canadian Independent Filmmaker, Studied Film and Video Production at York University, Toronto, Canada. A DI Colourist since 2009 and active in Local and International Productions in UAE for the past 5 years. She produced and directed Sarab, a Short Fiction Film in 2012 in Dubai. She will start shooting her first feature film The Window in October 2016.
 
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Mania Akbari
Director, 20 Fingers
Mania Akbari was born in 1974 in Tehran, Iran. The daughter of schoolteachers, she started painting at a very early age. Later she worked as cinematographer and assistant director on documentaries, which reoriented her towards cinema. Her international breakthrough occurred, however, not as a result of her work behind the camera but in front of it...
 
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Navid Negahban
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 Obama...
 
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Pej Vahdat
Actor, Bones
 
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David Diaan
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 endeavor...
 
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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 Massachusetts...
 
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Marshall Manesh
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, Canada and Europe for 8 years...
 
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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 of his schooling...
 
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Max Amini
Actor, Heroes
Max Amini was born in Tucson Arizona, from an Iranian heritage. 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, and a leading role in the upcoming film Beer Pong...
 
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Behrouz Vossoughi
Behrouz Vossoughi is one of Iran's most legendary actors. He has over 40 years of experience in the motion picture industry, with featured appearances in more than 90 films. In addition to his work in films, television, radio and theater, Behrouz' performances have earned him recognition at several international film festivals...
 
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Tami Stronach
She is half-Scottish (father) and half-Israeli (mother). Her father Professor David Stronach, was a notable expert on Persian antiquities. The family had to flee Persia/Iran during the Revolution. They went to America, but ended up in Israel, where Tami is still based. She was studying acting in California...
 
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Yasmine Aker
Yasmine Aker is an actress, singer-songwriter known for Agent Carter (2015), Out of the Ashes (2015) and Divergent (2014). She is proficient in three languages: English, Arabic, and Farsi. Yasmine is a member of SAG-AFTRA & ACTRA and based out of Los Angeles, California. Yasmine was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Iranian parents and moved to Canada as a child with her family...
 
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Shiva Negar
Actress / Model / Musician Shiva Negar comes from a very diverse background. Born in Iran and raised in Turkey and Canada, Shiva started her career as a child performer. Musically inclined, she began by performing at piano and guitar recitals and in singing competitions. In high school, Shiva was involved in several school plays and did a lot of theatre...
 
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Taies Farzan
Actress, Argo
Her father's name was Farshid Farzan. Taies Farzan is an iconic figure in Turkish scene of entertainment, and she continues to appear in films both in Germany and in Turkey. Daryush Shokof has mentioned her as the greatest face in German Cinema in a long time, and a talent that compliments her astonishing beauty...
 
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Marie Selva
Producer, Hole of Life
Marie Selva was born in Paris to an Iranian Mother and French/Spanish Father.She is an artist, film director who studied at the film school of cinema in Paris, France. She travel around the world and she is fascinated by people. After long trip and so many short movie and documentary she start her first Independent feature film "Hole of Life" written ...
 
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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 families from the Middle-East...
 
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Necar Zadegan
Actress, Elena Undone
Necar began working in the theater at age 16 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and has since stayed close to the theater while splitting her time between film and television. In 2011, she played a lead role in the FilmMcQueen production of "Meth Head." She followed that with a role on the NBC series The Event as resident villainess Isabelle...
 
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Narges Rashidi
Actress, Æon Flux
Narges Rashidi was born in Iran, settled in 1987 with her family at first in Turkey and a year later to Germany. After graduation she moved to Berlin and studied acting. In 2005 she attended in Los Angeles the Master Class with MK Lewis. In 2007 she received the award for Best Young Actress at the New York International Independent Film Video Festival for her role as Lolita in A2Z...
 
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Tandees Tanavoli
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 film...
 
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Sheila Vand
Actress, Argo
 
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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 Azari (Official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival 2006) and "Almost in Love" by Sam Neave...
 
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Samira Damavandi
Samira was born in Los Angeles, California. She began to participate in beauty pageant when she was one year old. At age 6, she appeared in the show "Kids Say The Darndest Things" which began her acting career. She was cast in the film House of Sand and Fog in 2003 and in the Lifetime series, State of Mind, as re-occurring guest star Jhasmine Khalid in 2007.
 
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Shiva Rose
Actress, David & Layla
Shiva Rose was born in Santa Monica, Los Angeles. An American of Irish and Iranian decent, she was raised in Iran until the age of ten when she and her family were forced to escape to Paris, then to Los Angeles. She began her stage career at 15 at several theaters in Santa Monica. She attended UCLA and then married actor Dylan McDermott...
 
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Garen Petrossian
Garen decided to get into acting in his 30s. Garen who is a US Citizen and nationality is Armenian, came to the US from Tehran, Iran. His early goal was to follow in his Dad's footsteps as a Civil Engineer, which he received his BSCE in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He changed gears in taking financial jobs...
 
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Omid Djalili
Actor, Gladiator
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 Fat Kebab Shop Owner's Son...
 
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Darius Khondji
Cinematographer, Amour
 
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Amir Mokri
Cinematographer, Man of Steel
 
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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 Somalia in 1993 for criticizing arms sales...
 
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Reza Badiyi
Miscellaneous Crew, Hawaii Five-O
 
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Abbas Kiarostami
Abbas Kiarostami was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1940. He graduated from university with a degree in fine arts before starting work as a graphic designer. He then joined the Center for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, where he started a film section, and this started his career as a filmmaker at the age of 30...
 
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Bahman Ghobadi
Director, Turtles Can Fly
Bahman Ghobadi was born in 1969 in Baneh, in the province of Iranian Kurdistan, near the Iran-Iraq border. Shortly after graduating from the National Audiovisual School, he made his first short, immediately acclaimed by the local critics. One of these short films, "Life in Fog" (1999) is even considered as the most famous short ever made in Iran...
 
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Rafi Pitts
Writer, Soy Nero
Rafi Pitts belongs to the new wave of Iranian cinema. His films have attained acclaim and awards around the globe. Pitts' first feature, The Fifth Season, premiered in the Venice Film Festival. His second, Sanam was hailed by French critics as the Iranian The 400 Blows. In 2003, Pitts presented his controversial feature documentary...
 
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Essy Niknejad
Essy Niknejad was born on June 1960, in Tehran. He was 13 years old when he met the Swedish filmmaker, 'Ingmar Bergman'. Since then, he has been inspired to make movies. His desire and aspiration for writing, directing and producing movie started at very young age in his homeland. He made several short and feature films before finished his college...
 
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Daryush Shokof
Writer, Breathful
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 moved to from New York in early 1980s...
 
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Samira Makhmalbaf
Director, September 11
Born in Tehran, Samira is the daughter of director Mohsen Makhmalbaf. She got her first taste of the cinema when she was eight, playing a cameo role as a little girl in her father's film The Cyclist. After leaving school at 15 because she found the teachers incompetent, she began learning to make films...
 
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Cyrus Nowrasteh
Of Iranian descent, he was born in Boulder, Colorado, and grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. He graduated from Madison West High School and was a city boys high school tennis champion. Nowrasteh attended New Mexico State University on an athletic scholarship and later transferred to the University of Southern California to attend the School of Cinematic Arts...
 
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Robert Hossein
Actor, Rififi
As he was one of Leading Men in French Cinema he was the screen-partner of the leading French ladies like Brigitte Bardot, Michèle Mercier, Marina Vlady, Stéphane Audran, Claude Jade or the Italian beauty Sophia Loren. Now at the time of playing "Men in the best age" he plays - at the age of 72 - again romantic love-scenes - so with Audrey Tautou in Venus Beauty Institute.
 
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Habib Zargarpour
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 in Los Angeles...
 
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Kami Asgar
Sound Department, Zombieland
 
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Amir Khalighi
Stunts, The Mechanic
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 shows...
 
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Marco Khan
Actor, Iron Man
Marco Khan(lian) is a true citizen of the world. He was born March 27th of Armenian parents in Tehran, Iran. His father, Levon was born in Lebanon and raised in Iran where he met his wife Anna, born in Babol, Iran. Marco's grandparents (from his mother's side) were a grandfather from Russia and a grandmother from the country of Georgia...
 
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Marsh Mokhtari
Although Marsh Mokhtari was born in the UK, his father's nautical career took him to Persia for his first six years. He then spent the next 19 years in the UK. He holds a degree in 'Medical Physics' from the University of Newcastle. While at Newcastle he played American football for the UK national team and had a short career as a pro-athlete...
 
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Nicholas Guilak
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 received...
 
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Navid Navid
Navid was born in Teheran, Iran. Due to the Iran-Iraq war the four-year old Navid had to escape with his family from his native country. They lived for some time in the USA but since 1985 Navid has been in Germany at home. Navid has grown up trilingual (English, German, Persian). He was 8 years old when he stepped foot on a stage for the 1st time...
 
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Saeed Khoze
Producer, Virginity
Saeed Khoze is an award winning international writer, director and producer. Saeed's filmmaking resume includes several features shot around Europe, Asia, the United States and the Middle East - most of which are burdened with a heavy focus on human rights, social Issues and circular controversial subjects...
 
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Kevin Hamedani
Director, Junk
 
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Bobby Naderi
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 role in Sundance Festival Hit...
 
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Ramin Niami
Producer, Paris
 
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Travis Cody Aimer
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, he was sixteen, and was therefore not allowed to see his own first "R" rated movie...
 
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Rome Shadanloo
Rome started out doing theater in Santa Monica College and was one of six students picked to work with Dustin Hoffman when he came to visit the school. She soon excelled and was invited back to perform scenes for the new students and share her personal experiences with them. A few years later she landed her first TV role on How I Met Your Mother...
 
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Babak Mansouri
Camera and Electrical Department, Guardians of the Galaxy
Babak Mansouri was lucky enough to be born into a family of filmmakers. His mother chose documentary filmmaking to effect social change which heavily influenced and inspired Babak even as a child. He, too, chose filmmaking as a tool for tackling issues like poverty and social injustices in our world...