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

by ShahramEmami | created - 10 Apr 2013 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

1. Golshifteh Farahani

Actress | Paterson

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 (1998), for which she won the prize for the Best Actress from the international section of the Fajr film ...

2. 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 The Report (1977) directed by the renowned Abbas Kiarostami, which won critics awards at the...

3. Nazanin Boniadi

Actress | Hotel Mumbai

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 ...

4. 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 ...

5. Asghar Farhadi

Writer | Darbareye Elly

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...

6. 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 Papa Hemingway in Cuba (2015).

7. Payman Maadi

Actor | Jodaeiye Nader az Simin

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 ...

8. Christiane Amanpour

Actress | Iron Man 2

Christiane Amanpour was born on January 12, 1958 in London, England. She is a writer and actress, known for Iron Man 2 (2010), Zoolander 2 (2016) and Trash (2014). She was previously married to James Rubin.

9. Barbet Schroeder

Director | La virgen de los sicarios

Barbet Schroeder was born on August 26, 1941 in Tehran, Iran. He is a director and producer, known for Our Lady of the Assassins (2000), Barfly (1987) and Single White Female (1992). He has been married to Bulle Ogier since April 1991.

10. 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 (2019) and Boss (2011). He has been married to Laura Regan since 2007.

11. 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 ...

12. 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 ...

13. 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).

14. 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.

15. 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. They have two children.

16. Nadia Bjorlin

Actress | Days of Our Lives

Nadia Bjorlin was born the fifth out of six children. Her parents were Ulf Björlin (a Swedish conductor and composer, known to be the world's most active opera composer during the 20th century) and Fary Bjorlin. Her siblings are Katja, Kaj, Kamilla, Ulf Jr and Jean Paul. (Each sibling have a ...

17. Yara Shahidi

Actress | Salt

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

19. 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 ...

20. Catherine Bell

Actress | Bruce Almighty

Catherine was born in London, but she moved to California with her Iranian mother at the age of two. Her mother still acts as her personal assistant. As a girl, she acted in various TV advertisements. She went to UCLA to study biology/ pre-medicine, but she dropped out to become a model in Japan. ...

21. Nasim Pedrad

Actress | Aladdin

Nasim Pedrad (born November 18, 1981) is an American actress and comedian best known for her five seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live (1975) from 2009 to 2014. She has since gone on to co-star in sitcoms such as Mulaney (2014), Scream Queens (2015), People of Earth (2016), and New Girl ...

22. Leyla Milani

Actress | Shut Up and Shoot!

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 ...

23. Lanna Joffrey

Actress | Fishing Naked

Lanna Joffrey was born on September 9, 1977 in Iran as Ladan Jafari. She is an actress, known for Fishing Naked (2015), Druid Peak (2014) and The Murder Plans (2011).

24. Nikka Far

Actress | Argo

Nikka Far is an actress and director, known for Argo (2012) and Paranoid Activity (2011).

25. Kathreen Khavari

Actress | Avengers Assemble

Kathreen Khavari is an actress and producer, known for Avengers Assemble (2013), Big Little Lies (2017) and Insecure (2016).

26. Saye Yabandeh

Actress | 5th & Alameda

SAYE YABANDEH is an Iranian-born Hollywood actress focused on using her platform to bring awareness to global issues and to give back to refugees and underserved children and families around the world. An award-winning international film actress and producer, Saye has been in over 34 films and ...

27. 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 ...

28. Navid Negahban

Actor | Aladdin

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 ...

29. Nazanin Mandi

Actress | Dreamcatcher

A native of Valencia, California, Nazanin Mandi is a natural performer. Singing and dancing at age 3, modeling at age 10, vocal performance at Carnegie Hall (Performing Mozart Requiem New York, NY) by age 15, and there's no end in sight.

Nazanin Mandi is a recognized talent as a finalist on Ed ...

30. Pej Vahdat

Actor | Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Pej Vahdat was born as Pejman Vahdat. He is an actor, known for Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017), A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) and Bones (2005).

31. David Diaan

Actor | Curb Your Enthusiasm

David Diaan has built an impressive career as an 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 in ...

32. 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 ...

33. Marshall Manesh

Actor | The Big Lebowski

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, ...

34. 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 ...

35. Max Amini

Producer | In the Lion's Shadow

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...

36. Behrouz Vossoughi

Actor | Farar az Taleh

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...

37. Sayeed Shahidi

Actor | Alex Cross

Sayeed Shahidi is an actor, known for Alex Cross (2012), Unthinkable (2010) and Intelligence (2014).

38. Tami Stronach

Actress | Die unendliche Geschichte

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 Israel, then to America where Tami is still based. She was studying acting in California...

39. Shiva Negar

Actress | American Assassin

Shiva Negar comes from a very diverse background, born in Iran and raised in Turkey and Canada. She began her career as a child performer by performing on piano and guitar at recitals and in singing competitions. In high school, Shiva was involved in several school plays and theatre, which quickly ...

40. 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).

41. 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 ...

42. 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 Roger Dodger (2002).

43. 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 ...

44. 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...

45. Princess Soraya

Actress | She

Soraya Esfandiary, second wife of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, played in two films: an Italian film cut in three parts directed by Michelangelo Antonioni called I tre volti (1965) ("Three Faces of a Woman"), and She (1965) Both films were shot a few years after Soraya (who couldn't have children) ...

46. Necar Zadegan

Actress | 24

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 ...

47. 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...

48. Tala Ashe

Actress | Legends of Tomorrow

Tala Ashrafi (born July 24, 1984), known professionally as Tala Ashe, is an Iranian-American actress. She is known for her roles on the television series Smash, American Odyssey, and As the World Turns, as well as her regular role as Zari Tomaz on The CW superhero series Legends of Tomorrow.

Ashe ...

49. Susan Taslimi

Director | Hus i helvete

Susan Taslimi was born on February 7, 1950 in Rasht, Iran. She is an actress and director, known for All Hell Let Loose (2002), Orka! Orka! (2004) and Maybe Some Other Time (1987). She was previously married to Dariush Farhang.

50. Narges Rashidi

Actress | Under the Shadow

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 ...

51. Doris Lessing

Writer | Adoration

Doris Lessing was born on October 22, 1919 in Kermanshah, Persia as Doris May Tayler. She was a writer, known for Adore (2013), Maupassant (1963) and Memoirs of a Survivor (1981). She was married to Gottfried Anton Nicolai Lessing and Frank Charles Wisdom. She died on November 17, 2013 in London, ...

52. 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 ...

53. Atossa Leoni

Actress | The Kite Runner

Atossa Leoni was born in October 1977 in Berlin, Germany. She is an actress, known for The Kite Runner (2007), Eyes (2005) and The Florist (2004).

54. Sheila Vand

Actress | A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Sheila Vand is an actress, known for A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014), Argo (2012) and We the Animals (2018).

55. 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 ...

56. Samira Damavandi

Actress | House of Sand and Fog

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...

57. 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 ...

58. Yasmine Aker

Actress | 12 Strong

Yasmine Aker is an actress, singer and songwriter based out of Los Angeles, California. She was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Iranian parents and later moved to Canada. She began performing at an early age, starring in school plays and community events. She sang soprano with the Voices of ...

59. Garen Petrossian

Actor | The Weed Show: Love Letters to Mary Jane

Garen Petrossian is a Armenian-American actor known for The Weed Show: Letter to Mary Jane (2011) ,Tim and Eric Awesome Show ,Great Job (2009), Expendable (2008).

Garen after coming from Iran as a child he was raised in Boston, MA and after High School went to Northeastern University and received ...

60. 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).

61. 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 ...

62. Babak Karimi

Actor | Forushande

Babak Karimi is an actor and editor, known for The Salesman (2016), The Past (2013) and A Separation (2011).

63. 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.

64. 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 Sargije (2007). He died on November 29, 2016 in Tehran, Iran.

65. 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 ...

66. Reza Badiyi

Director | Get Smart

Reza Badiyi was born on April 17, 1929 in Arak, Iran as Reza Sayed Badiyi. He is known for his work on Get Smart (1965), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and The Six Million Dollar Man (1974). He was married to Tania Harley, Barbara Turner and Gwendolyn M Dennis. He died on August 20, 2011 in Los ...

67. Abbas Kiarostami

Director | Copie conforme

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 ...

68. Bahman Ghobadi

Director | Lakposhtha parvaz mikonand

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 ...

69. Rafi Pitts

Writer | Soy Nero

Rafi Pitts' films have attained acclaim and awards around the globe. Pitts' first feature, The Fifth Season (1997), premiered in the Venice Film Festival. His second, Sanam (2000) was hailed by French critics and compared to The 400 Blows (1959). In 2003, Pitts presented his controversial feature ...

70. Essy Niknejad

Producer | Laleh (Drive)

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 ...

71. 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 ...

72. Marjane Satrapi

Director | Persepolis

Marjane Satrapi was born on November 22, 1969 in Rasht, Iran. She is a director and actress, known for Persepolis (2007), The Voices (2014) and Chicken with Plums (2011). She is married to Mattias Ripa. She was previously married to Reza.

73. Samira Makhmalbaf

Director | Panj é asr

Samira Makhmalbaf Filmmaker

Born on February 15,1980 in Tehran. At the age of eight, she played in "The Cyclist" directed by her father, Mohsen Makhmalbaf the celebrated Iranian filmmaker.

At the age of 17, she directed her first feature titled "The Apple" and She went on to become the youngest ...

74. Ramin Bahrani

Producer | 99 Homes

Ramin Bahrani was born on March 20, 1975 in North Carolina, USA. He is a producer and director, known for 99 Homes (2014), Chop Shop (2007) and Fahrenheit 451 (2018).

75. Maziar Bahari

Producer | Va ankaboot amad

Maziar Bahari is a producer and director, known for And Along Came a Spider (2003), To Light a Candle (2014) and Of Shame and Coffins (2000).

76. Mamad Haghighat

Director | Deux fereshté

Mamad Haghighat was born in 1952 in Isfahan, Iran as Mohammad Haghighat. He is a director and writer, known for Two Angels (2003), A Time for Love (1995) and Thomas, 12 ans, cinéfou (2017).

77. Amir Naderi

Director | Vegas: Based on a True Story

Amir Naderi is one of the most influential figures of 20th century Persian cinema. He developed his knowledge of cinema by watching films at the theater where he worked as a boy, reading film criticism, and making relationships with leading film critics. He began his career with still photography ...

78. Cyrus Nowrasteh

Writer | The Stoning of Soraya M.

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 ...

79. Robert Hossein

Writer | Les misérables

The son of orchestra conductor André Hossein, Paris-born Robert Hossein was trained at René Simon's acting school. Hossein labored away as actor/director with the legendary Theatre Grand Guignol in Montmartre, then spent several years on the "legitimate" stage. In films from 1955's Rififi (Rififi (...

80. Anicée Alvina

Actress | Friends

Anicée Alvina was born on January 28, 1953 in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France as Anicée Shahmanesh. She was an actress, known for Friends (1971), Paul and Michelle (1974) and Successive Slidings of Pleasure (1974). She died on November 10, 2006 in Paris, France.

81. Habib Zargarpour

Visual_effects | Blade Runner 2049

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 ...

82. 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), Wilde Salomé (2011) and Listen to Me Marlon (2015).

83. Kami Asgar

Sound_department | Venom

Kami Asgar was born on May 26, 1965 in Iran. He is known for his work on Venom (2018), Apocalypto (2006) and Zombieland (2009).

84. Massy Tadjedin

Writer | Last Night

Massy Tadjedin was born in 1976 in Tehran, Iran. She is a writer and director, known for Last Night (2010), The Jacket (2005) and The Adults.

85. Marco Khan

Actor | 10,000 BC

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 ...

86. Melika Foroutan

Actress | KDD - Kriminaldauerdienst

Melika Foroutan was born in 1976 in Teheran, Iran. She is an actress, known for KDD - Kriminaldauerdienst (2007), Begierde - Mord im Zeichen des Zen (2015) and Die Mamba (2014).

87. Marsh Mokhtari

Self | Extreme Chef

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...

88. 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 ...

89. Andy Madadian

Actor | House of Sand and Fog

Andy Madadian was born as Andreanik Madadian. He has been married to Shani Rigsbee since November 11, 2011.

90. Navid Navid

Actor | Septembers of Shiraz

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 ...

91. Sam Khoze

Producer | 1st Born

Sam Khoze is a highly sought after and innovative filmmaker and author. He has worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, both as a producer and director, and he is currently in development on a number of large feature films and television programs. Sam began his career as a director but ...

92. 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 (2014), Burn Country (2016) and The Taqwacores (2010).

93. Omid Nooshin

Writer | Last Passenger

Omid Nooshin was born on May 2, 1974. He was a writer and director, known for Last Passenger (2013), Kill Switch (2017) and Invade. He died on January 15, 2018 in London, England.

94. Babak Mansouri

Camera_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 ...

95. Kevin Hamedani

Director | Junk

Kevin Hamedani was born on December 25, 1982 in Kent, Washington, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Junk (2012), ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction (2009) and In Her Place (2015).

96. Bobby Naderi

Actor | Under the Shadow

As the son of an artist BOBBY NADERI fell in love with story at an young age and early on Nina Menkes discovered him and cast him opposite Israeli star Marina Shoif in Arthouse SUNDANCE film "Phantom Love" which lead to starring in the SUNDANCE hit "The Taqwacores" and most recently he was the lead...

97. Ramin Niami

Producer | Babe's and Ricky's Inn

Ramin Niami is a producer and director, 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.

98. 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 ...

99. Mahsa Ahmadi

Stunts | Bang Bang

Mahsa Ahmadi is known for her work on Bang Bang (2014), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) and S.W.A.T. (2017).

100. Arash Mokhtar

Actor | Madam Secretary

Arash Mokhtar is an actor and director, known for Madam Secretary (2014), Instinct (2018) and Black Site Delta (2017).



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