Successful PERSIAN In Hollywood

by fafa11 | created - 04 Jan 2012 | updated - 23 May 2014 | Public

1. 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...

2. Behrouz Vossoughi

Actor | Tangsir

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...

3. Abbas Kiarostami

Director | Bad ma ra khahad bord

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 ...

4. 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 ...

5. 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.

6. Navid Khonsari

Director | 1979 Revolution: Black Friday

Raised in Iran and Canada, Khonsari was first introduced to filmmaking through his grandfather's super 8mm films. He developed an appreciation for storytelling from his grandmother, who would recite stories (both fictional and historical) from memory. Khonsari fell in love with video games after ...

7. 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, ...

8. Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Writer | Gabbeh

Mohsen Makhmalbaf is known as one of the most influential filmmakers and founders of the new wave of Iranian cinema in the world today.

Many of his films like Salam Cinema, A Moment Of Innocence, Gabbeh, Kandahar and The President have been widely well received across the globe and have brought him ...

9. 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.

10. 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 La virgen de los sicarios (2000), Murder by Numbers (2002) and Single White Female (1992). He is married to Bulle Ogier.

11. 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).

12. 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 ...

13. 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 ...

14. 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).

15. 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 Poulet aux prunes (2011). She is married to Mattias Ripa. She was previously married to Reza.

16. 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 ...

18. 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).

19. Leila Hatami

Actress | Jodaeiye Nader az Simin

Award-winning actress, Leila Hatami, was born on October 1, 1972 in Tehran, Iran, to legendary Iranian Director, Ali Hatami, and actress mother, Zari Khoshkam (Zahra Hatami). During her childhood, she appeared in several of her father's films including the historical TV series, Hezardastan (1988), ...

20. 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.

21. 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 ...

22. Nadia Bjorlin

Actress | Days of Our Lives

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 ...

23. 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 ...

24. 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 ...

25. 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).

26. 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).

27. Sheri Davani

Assistant_director | Super

28. Shahab Hosseini

Actor | Forushande

Shahab Hosseini was born on February 3, 1974 in Tehran, Iran. He grew up in a family of six and was the oldest child. He earned his high school diploma in Biology. Once a psychology student at the University of Tehran, he dropped out with the intent of emigrating to Canada. Instead, he ended up as ...

29. Ray Aghayan

Costume_designer | Lady Sings the Blues

Ray Aghayan was born on July 28, 1928 in Tehran, Iran as Reymond G. Aghayan. He is known for his work on Lady Sings the Blues (1972), Funny Lady (1975) and Our Man Flint (1966). He died on October 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

30. 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).

31. Nastaran Dibai

Producer | Friends with Better Lives

Nastaran Dibai is a producer and writer, known for Friends with Better Lives (2014), Malibu Country (2012) and According to Jim (2001).

32. Majid Majidi

Director | Bacheha-Ye aseman

Majid Majidi was born on April 17, 1959 in Tehran, Iran to a middle class family. He started acting in amateur theater groups at the age of fourteen. After receiving his high school diploma, he started studying art at the Institute of Dramatic Art in Tehran. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, ...

33. 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 ...

34. Bahman Ghobadi

Director | Zamani barayé masti asbha

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 ...

35. Bahman Ghobadi

Director | Zamani barayé masti asbha

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 ...

36. 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.

37. 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.

38. 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 ...

39. 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 ...

40. 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...

41. 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).

42. 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 ...

43. 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).

44. 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.

45. 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.

46. 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 ...

47. Bahram Radan

Actor | Barcode

Bahram Radan is an award-winning Iranian actor, referred to in the West as "the Iranian Brad Pitt"

He was born on 28 April 1979 in Tehran, Iran. After High School, he started studying Business Management in university.While attending the university, Radan signed up for acting classes. He was later ...

48. 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, ...

49. 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).

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. 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 ...

52. Tala Ashe

Actress | Legends of Tomorrow

Tala Ashe was born on July 24, 1984 in Iran as Tala Ashrafi. She is an actress, known for Legends of Tomorrow (2016), Smash (2012) and American Odyssey (2015).

53. 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...

54. 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 ...

55. 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 ...

56. 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).

57. 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 ...

58. 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.

59. Pegah Ferydoni

Actress | Türkisch für Anfänger

Pegah Ferydoni was born on June 25, 1983 in Tehran, Iran. She is an actress, known for Türkisch für Anfänger (2006), König von Kreuzberg (2005) and Frauen, die Geschichte machten (2013).

60. 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 ...

61. 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...

62. Daryoush Zandi

Editor | Wordlessness

Daryoush Zandi is an editor and cinematographer, known for Wordlessness (2012) and Asudem (2007).

63. Ali Samadi Ahadi

Director | Salami Aleikum

Ali Samadi Ahadi is a director and writer, known for Salami Aleikum (2009), Lost Children (2005) and 45 Minutes to Ramallah (2013).

64. 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).

65. 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).

66. Sayeed Shahidi

Actor | Alex Cross

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

67. 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.

68. 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 ...

69. Jafar Panahi

Director | Taxi

Jafar Panahi (Born 11 July 1960) is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, and film editor, commonly identified with the Iranian New Wave film movement. After several years of making short films and working as an assistant director for fellow Iranian film-maker Abbas Kiarostami, Panahi achieved ...

70. 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...

71. 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...

72. Parsa Pirouzfar

Actor | Ashk-e sarma

Parsa Pirouzfar was born in Tehran. During 1984 to 1990 when he was at school he designed comic strips without publishing them. He graduated from high school in 1990 having studied the Maths and Physics major. He began his academic education in painting in 1991 at the University of Tehran's Faculty...

73. 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 ...

74. 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 ...

75. 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).

76. 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).

77. Saman Yaghmai-Aledavoud

Cinematographer | $lowdown

Saman's interest in filmmaking developed in his early teenage years while living in Tehran, Iran. He began working on short films as the cinematographer in his high school years. During this period, he worked on the controversial film, The Marsh (2002), which exposed the secret lifestyle of Iranian...

78. Mehdi Moinzadeh

Actor | M.E.T.R.O. - Ein Team auf Leben und Tod

Mehdi Moinzadeh was born on April 12, 1978 in Hamedan, Iran. He is an actor, known for M.E.T.R.O. - Ein Team auf Leben und Tod (2006), Berlin, Berlin (2002) and Tatort (1970).

79. 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...

80. 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 ...

81. GiGi Hessamian

Actress | Criminal Minds

GiGi Hessamian is an actress and director, known for Criminal Minds (2005), The Women of Wall Street (2014) and House M.D. (2004).

82. Asa Soltan Rahmati

Self | Shahs of Sunset

Asa Soltan Rahmati was born on September 1, 1976 in Ahwaz, Iran.

83. 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.

84. 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 ...

85. Reza Aslan

Rendition

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).

86. 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 ...

87. David Golshan

Actor | Jimmy Kimmel Live!

David Golshan is an acclaimed comedic and dramatic actor in film and television as well as a featured stand-up comedian who performs live across the United States and Europe. He featured his over the top sketch comedy characters in Bravo's Millionaire matchmaker and Shahs of Sunset. He also spends ...

88. Majid Farahani

Actor | Do rooye sekke

Majid Farahani was born on October 21, 1969 in Tehran, Iran. He is an actor and cinematographer, known for Do rooye sekke (1992) and Maal Moshahedin (2009). He was previously married to Hasti Lotfi.

89. 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).

90. 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 ...

91. Rafi Pitts

Writer | Soy Nero

Rafi Pitts' films have attained acclaim and awards around the globe. Pitts' first feature, Fasl-e panjom (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 ...

92. Arash Amel

Writer | The Titan

Has had two screenplays listed in the prestigious annual Hollywood Screenplays Black List. In 2011, for Grace of Monaco, and 2014, for Seducing Ingrid Bergman.

93. Sam Khoze

Producer | 1st Born

Sam Khoze is an accomplished, award-winning filmmaker. His original groundbreaking films have been received with a regular series of awards and nominations in major film festivals around the world. He has produced and directed some of the biggest Hollywood talent including the legendary Val Kilmer ...

94. 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).

96. 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).

97. Samira Makhmalbaf

Director | Sib

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 ...

98. Saye Yabandeh

Actress | 5th & Alameda

Award-winning actress, executive producer and humanitarian, Saye Yabandeh, is the Global Ambassador for the Global Citizen Foundation. The organization reaches out to children and young people who are in need and supports them with education initiatives, community-centered building projects, and ...

99. Babak Shokrian

Producer | America So Beautiful

Babak Shokrian was born in Teheran, Iran in 1965. In 1971, he and his family moved to Los Angeles where Babak attended USC and UCLA, graduating from the latter with a degree in Anthropology, with an emphasis in ethnographic film.

After graduating, Babak wrote, produced and directed, his short film, ...

100. 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...