It is easy to stereotype Iran with religious revolutions, militancy, extreme laws, and censorship. But that is only one side of the coin. For all the bad press it generates year on year, blame it on the stringent, strange laws of the land and even stranger lawmakers, Iran is a fairly interesting country teeming with unusual culture, talent, and people. From renowned astrologer, mathematician, and poet Omar Khayyam to celebrated theologian Jalal ad-Din Muhammed Rumi and from award-winning movie director Majid Majidi to Persian composer Mohammed Reza Lotfi, Iran has produced a wad of really gifted men and women. That is right! These Iranians have contributed to make rest of the world pro-Iran with their gargantuan contribution in diverse fields of art, literature, cinema, music, religion, dance, poetry, theologian, sportsmen, and politics. Read the biographies of famous Iranians and trail their timeline, trivia, and facts to unearth everything about their lives.
Shah of IranMohammad Reza Pahlavi
26 October 1919
Last Shah of Iran
Cyrus the GreatCyrus the Great
0590 BC
Founder of First Persian Empire

Ali KhameneiAli Khamenei
17 July 1939
Supreme Leader of Iran

Xerxes IXerxes I
0519 BC
Persian King

Mehran Karimi Nasseri Mehran Karimi Nasseri
1942 AD

Founder of Zoroastrianism
Hassan RouhaniHassan Rouhani
12 November 1948
7th President of Iran

Christiane AmanpourChristiane Amanpour
12 January 1958

Mahmoud AhmadinejadMahmoud Ahmadinejad
28 October 1956
President of Iran

Golshifteh FarahaniGolshifteh Farahani
10 July 1983
Actress, Musician
Tony ToutouniTony Toutouni
04 April 1981

Omar KhayyamOmar Khayyam
18 May 1048
Marjane Satrapi Marjane Satrapi
22 November 1969
Graphic Novelist

Asghar FarhadiAsghar Farhadi
07 May 1972
Film Director

Akbar Hashemi RafsanjaniAkbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
25 August 1934
Former President of Iran
Nasir al-Din al-TusiNasir al-Din al-Tusi
18 February 1201

Shirin EbadiShirin Ebadi
21 June 1947
Human Rights Activist
Beneil DariushBeneil Dariush
06 May 1989
Mixed Martial Artist

Shirin NeshatShirin Neshat
26 March 1957
Artist, Activist

Ayatollah KhomeiniAyatollah Khomeini
22 September 1902
Led the Famous Iranian Revolution in 1979
Jabir Ibn HayyanJabir Ibn Hayyan
0721 AD

Rezā ShāhRezā Shāh
15 March 1878
Political figure
Abū Rayḥān al-BīrūnīAbū Rayḥān al-Bīrūnī
05 September 0973

Abdolkarim SoroushAbdolkarim Soroush
16 December 1945
Thinker and Reformer

Hadi SaeiHadi Saei
10 June 1976
Former Taekwondo Athlete & Olympic Gold Medalist

11 November 1981
Mandana ManiMandana Mani
12 January 1978
Fashion Designer
Sam AsghariSam Asghari
04 March 1994

Ruhollah KhomeiniRuhollah Khomeini
24 September 1902
Former Supreme Leader of Iran

Navid NegahbanNavid Negahban
02 June 1968

Ali DaeiAli Daei
21 March 1969
Association football player, Entrepreneur,
Farah PahlaviFarah Pahlavi
14 October 1938

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Shohreh AghdashlooShohreh Aghdashloo
11 May 1952

Nader ShahNader Shah
22 October 1688

Mohammad MosaddeghMohammad Mosaddegh
16 June 1882
Iranian Politician

Ramin KarimlooRamin Karimloo
19 September 1978
Alireza JahanbakhshAlireza Jahanbakhsh
11 August 1993
Iranian footballer

Sardar AzmounSardar Azmoun
01 January 1995
Association football player
Maryam MirzakhaniMaryam Mirzakhani
03 May 1977
mathematician, topologist, university teacher

Harun al-RashidHarun al-Rashid
17 March 0763

Hulagu KhanHulagu Khan
15 October 1218
Mongol ruler
Mandana KarimiMandana Karimi
29 March 1988
actor, model

Antiochus IV EpiphanesAntiochus IV Epiphanes
0215 BC
Jian GhomeshiJian Ghomeshi
09 June 1967

Maz JobraniMaz Jobrani
26 February 1972

Xerxes I of PersiaXerxes I of Persia
0519 BC


Abbas KiarostamiAbbas Kiarostami
22 June 1940
Film director, Screenwriter, Photographer, Film
Artaxerxes I of PersiaArtaxerxes I of Persia
0500 BC

Qasem SoleimaniQasem Soleimani
11 March 1954
military personnel, officer

Negar KhanNegar Khan
1984 AD
actor, model

Shams TabriziShams Tabrizi
1185 AD
poet, philosopher, writer
Mohammad KhatamiMohammad Khatami
29 September 1943
Philosopher, Politician, Librarian, Writer

Ismail IIsmail I
17 July 1487
sovereign, poet, writer
Mansur Al-HallajMansur Al-Hallaj
0858 AD

0940 AD
poet, writer

Saadi ShiraziSaadi Shirazi
1181 AD
poet, writer, professor
Reza GhoochannejhadReza Ghoochannejhad
20 September 1987
Association football player

Naser al-Din Shah QajarNaser al-Din Shah Qajar
Ali ShariatiAli Shariati
23 November 1933
Politician, Writer, Essayist, Philosopher,

Antiochus III the GreatAntiochus III the Great
0241 BC

Mohammad Reza GolzarMohammad Reza Golzar
16 April 1975
actor, musician, composer, singer, sportsperson
Karim AnsarifardKarim Ansarifard
03 April 1990
Association football player


Shapur IShapur I
0215 AD
Military commander

Nizami GanjaviNizami Ganjavi
1141 AD
poet, writer

Musa al-SadrMusa al-Sadr
15 April 1928
politician, theologian, Akhoond
Ulugh BegUlugh Beg
22 March 1394
astronomer, mathematician, calligrapher,
Jafar PanahiJafar Panahi
11 July 1960
Film director, Film producer, Film editor,

Abolhassan BanisadrAbolhassan Banisadr
22 March 1933
Politician, Economist

Ardashir IArdashir I
0180 AD

Moshe KatsavMoshe Katsav
05 December 1945
President , Politician 
Muslim ibn al-HajjajMuslim ibn al-Hajjaj
0821 AD
Persian islamic scholar

Shahab HosseiniShahab Hosseini
04 February 1974
actor, television actor, presenter

Masoud BarzaniMasoud Barzani
16 August 1946

Forough FarrokhzadForough Farrokhzad
05 January 1935
Poet, Film director, Writer

Mir-Hossein MousaviMir-Hossein Mousavi
02 March 1942
0400 BC
Macedonian general

Nizam al-MulkNizam al-Mulk
10 April 1018
scientist, writer
Mehdi TaremiMehdi Taremi
18 July 1992
Iranian footballer

Attar of NishapurAttar of Nishapur
1145 AD
philosopher, poet, writer

Tahmasp ITahmasp I
22 February 1514
Political leader
Ali KarimiAli Karimi
08 November 1978
Association football player

Xerxes II of PersiaXerxes II of Persia

0625 BC

Mohammad-Ali RajaiMohammad-Ali Rajai
15 June 1933

Marshall ManeshMarshall Manesh
16 August 1950
actor, television actor, film actor

Saeid EzatolahiSaeid Ezatolahi
01 October 1996
Masoud ShojaeiMasoud Shojaei
09 June 1984
Association football player

Shapur IIShapur II
0309 AD
Military commander
Saman GhoddosSaman Ghoddos
06 September 1993

Mehdi BazarganMehdi Bazargan
01 September 1907
politician, engineer
Mulla SadraMulla Sadra
1571 AD
philosopher, writer