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.
Cyrus the GreatCyrus the Great
(Founder of First Persian Empire)

0590 BC

Xerxes IXerxes I
(Persian King)

0519 BC

Shah of IranMohammad Reza Pahlavi
(Last Shah of Iran)

26 October 1919

Christiane AmanpourChristiane Amanpour

12 January 1958

Ali KhameneiAli Khamenei
(Supreme Leader of Iran)

17 July 1939

(Founder of Zoroastrianism)

Mehran Karimi Nasseri Mehran Karimi Nasseri

1942 AD

Tony ToutouniTony Toutouni

1973 AD

Mahmoud AhmadinejadMahmoud Ahmadinejad
(President of Iran)

28 October 1956

Hassan RouhaniHassan Rouhani
(7th President of Iran)

12 November 1948

Omar KhayyamOmar Khayyam

18 May 1048

Marjane Satrapi Marjane Satrapi
(Graphic Novelist)

22 November 1969

Beneil DariushBeneil Dariush
(Mixed Martial Artist)

06 May 1989

Akbar Hashemi RafsanjaniAkbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
(Former President of Iran)

25 August 1934

Shirin EbadiShirin Ebadi
(Human Rights Activist)

21 June 1947

Nasir al-Din al-TusiNasir al-Din al-Tusi

18 February 1201

Shirin NeshatShirin Neshat
(Artist, Activist)

26 March 1957

Jabir Ibn HayyanJabir Ibn Hayyan

0721 AD

Ayatollah KhomeiniAyatollah Khomeini
(Led the Famous Iranian Revolution in 1979)

22 September 1902

Abdolkarim SoroushAbdolkarim Soroush
(Thinker and Reformer)

16 December 1945

Abū Rayḥān al-BīrūnīAbū Rayḥān al-Bīrūnī

05 September 0973

Hadi SaeiHadi Saei
(Former Taekwondo Athlete & Olympic Gold Medalist)

10 June 1976


11 November 1981

Rezā ShāhRezā Shāh
(Political figure)

15 March 1878

Ruhollah KhomeiniRuhollah Khomeini
(Former Supreme Leader of Iran)

24 September 1902

Farah PahlaviFarah Pahlavi

14 October 1938

Shohreh AghdashlooShohreh Aghdashloo

11 May 1952

Alireza JahanbakhshAlireza Jahanbakhsh
(Iranian footballer)

11 August 1993

Mandana KarimiMandana Karimi
(actor, model)

29 March 1988

Maryam MirzakhaniMaryam Mirzakhani
(mathematician, topologist, university teacher)

03 May 1977

Artaxerxes I of PersiaArtaxerxes I of Persia

0500 BC

Nader ShahNader Shah

22 October 1688

Mohammad MosaddeghMohammad Mosaddegh
(Iranian Politician)

16 June 1882

Harun al-RashidHarun al-Rashid

17 March 0763

Xerxes I of PersiaXerxes I of Persia

0519 BC


Antiochus IV EpiphanesAntiochus IV Epiphanes

0215 BC

Karim AnsarifardKarim Ansarifard
(Association football player)

03 April 1990

Ali DaeiAli Daei
(Association football player, Entrepreneur, Businessperson, Association football manager)

21 March 1969

Hulagu KhanHulagu Khan
(Mongol ruler)

15 October 1218

Shams TabriziShams Tabrizi
(poet, philosopher, writer)

1185 AD

Saman GhoddosSaman Ghoddos

06 September 1993

Negar KhanNegar Khan
(actor, model)

1984 AD

Sardar AzmounSardar Azmoun
(Association football player)

01 January 1995

Abbas KiarostamiAbbas Kiarostami
(Film director, Screenwriter, Photographer, Film producer, Poet, Film editor)

22 June 1940

Ismail IIsmail I
(sovereign, poet, writer)

17 July 1487

Musa al-SadrMusa al-Sadr
(politician, theologian, Akhoond)

15 April 1928

Qasem SoleimaniQasem Soleimani
(military personnel, officer)

11 March 1954

Saadi ShiraziSaadi Shirazi
(poet, writer, professor)

1181 AD

(poet, writer)

0940 AD

Mansur Al-HallajMansur Al-Hallaj

0858 AD

Mohammad KhatamiMohammad Khatami
(Philosopher, Politician, Librarian, Writer)

29 September 1943

Naser al-Din Shah QajarNaser al-Din Shah Qajar

Saeid EzatolahiSaeid Ezatolahi

01 October 1996

Mohammad Reza GolzarMohammad Reza Golzar
(actor, musician, composer, singer, sportsperson)

16 April 1975

Nizami GanjaviNizami Ganjavi
(poet, writer)

1141 AD

Antiochus III the GreatAntiochus III the Great

0241 BC

Ali ShariatiAli Shariati
(Politician, Writer, Essayist, Philosopher, Sociologist, Poet)

23 November 1933

Kaveh RezaeiKaveh Rezaei
(Iranian football player)

05 April 1992

Reza GhoochannejhadReza Ghoochannejhad
(Association football player)

20 September 1987

Jafar PanahiJafar Panahi
(Film director, Film producer, Film editor, Screenwriter)

11 July 1960

Ulugh BegUlugh Beg
(astronomer, mathematician, calligrapher, astrologer)

22 March 1394

Masoud BarzaniMasoud Barzani

16 August 1946

Shapur IShapur I
(Military commander)

0215 AD

Shahab HosseiniShahab Hosseini
(actor, television actor, presenter)

04 February 1974

Marshall ManeshMarshall Manesh
(actor, television actor, film actor)

16 August 1950

Forough FarrokhzadForough Farrokhzad
(Poet, Film director, Writer)

05 January 1935

Ardashir IArdashir I

0180 AD

Masoud ShojaeiMasoud Shojaei
(Association football player)

09 June 1984

Muslim ibn al-HajjajMuslim ibn al-Hajjaj
(Persian islamic scholar)

0821 AD

Abolhassan BanisadrAbolhassan Banisadr
(Politician, Economist)

22 March 1933


Ehsan HajsafiEhsan Hajsafi
(Association football player)

25 February 1990