iranians out of iran

by toposay | created - 15 May 2012 | updated - 15 May 2012 | Public

best of iranians in movies , Out of Iran.

1. 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 ...

2. 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 ...

3. 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).

4. 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.

5. Payam Yazdani

Writer | Kobra's Decision

Payam Yazdani is an actor and writer, known for Kobra's Decision (2007), There Are Things You Don't Know (2010) and Ali and Danny (2002).

6. Parviz Sayyad

Actor | Ferestadeh

Parviz Say'yad, is arguably the best known Iranian actor/comedian of the pre-revolution era in Iran. He still is a household name among Iranians today. A showman, actor, talented comedian, writer and producer of many TV shows and Iranian cinema. He created the character "Samad", a naive innocent ...

7. 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...

8. 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 ...

9. 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 ...

10. 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...

11. 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 ...

12. 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 ...

14. 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).

15. 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 ...

16. 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).

17. 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 ...

18. 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...

19. Afshin Akhavan

Actor | Hitler's Grave

Afshin Akhavan is an actor and producer, known for Hitler's Grave (2010), Fictionality (2012) and Iran Zendan (2010).

20. Shaheen Shokoofandeh

Actor | Kung king

Shaheen Shokoofandeh is a producer and actor, known for Moon & 8, Strange, Stranger (2012) and Flushers (2013).

21. Daryoush Zandi

Editor | Wordlessness

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

22. 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.

23. Darius Homayoun

Actor | Succession

Darius Homayoun is an actor, known for Succession (2018), The Long Road Home (2017) and Tyrant (2014).

24. 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...

25. 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 ...

26. Bahman Maghsoudlou

Producer | Abbas Kiarostami: A Report

Bahman Maghsoudlou was born in 1946 in Gorgan, Iran. He is a producer and director, known for Abbas Kiarostami: A Report (2013), Ahmad Mahmoud: A Noble Novelist (2004) and Ardeshir Mohasses & His Caricatures (1972).

27. Cyrus Pahlavi

Actor | Ellie Parker

Cyrus Pahlavi is an actor and producer, known for Ellie Parker (2005), Beslan and South of Hope Street.

28. 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 ...

29. Cyrus Atory

Actor | Notre jour viendra

Cyrus Atory is an actor, known for Our Day Will Come (2010), La Dictée à Daru (2005) and Dorénavant (2010).

30. 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 ...

31. Bijan Kamkar

Music_department | Quest for Honor

Bijan Kamkar is known for his work on Quest for Honor (2009) and Bazm-e Razm (2017).

32. Bijan Olia

Music_department | Lego DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain

Originally from Newton, Massachusetts, Bijan Olia once dreamt of tickling the ivories at Boston's Symphony Hall. Through hours of scales and lack of sunlight in practice rooms, Bijan turned to composing and thus a lifelong passion was born. His love of storytelling brought him to composing for ...

33. 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...

34. Bahman Nassiri

Writer | The Golden Veil

Bahman Nassiri is a writer and actor, known for The Golden Veil (2011).

35. Bahman Tavoosi

Director | Los Nombres de Las Flores

Bahman Tavoosi is a director and writer, known for Los Nombres de Las Flores (2019), A Dress Rehearsal for an Execution (2013) and The Republic of (A) (2011).

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