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.
Omar KhayyamOmar Khayyam
18 May 1048
Mathematician
Cyrus the GreatCyrus the Great
0590 BC
Founder of First Persian Empire

Shah of IranMohammad Reza Pahlavi
26 October 1919
Last Shah of Iran

Ali KhameneiAli Khamenei
17 July 1939
Supreme Leader of Iran

Xerxes IXerxes I
0519 BC
Persian King

ZoroasterZoroaster
 
Founder of Zoroastrianism
Christiane AmanpourChristiane Amanpour
12 January 1958
Journalist

Golshifteh FarahaniGolshifteh Farahani
10 July 1983
Actress, Musician

Hassan RouhaniHassan Rouhani
12 November 1948
7th President of Iran

Mehran Karimi Nasseri Mehran Karimi Nasseri
1942 AD
Refugee
Mahmoud AhmadinejadMahmoud Ahmadinejad
28 October 1956
President of Iran

Tony ToutouniTony Toutouni
04 April 1981
Entrepreneurs
Beneil DariushBeneil Dariush
06 May 1989
Mixed Martial Artist

Marjane Satrapi Marjane Satrapi
22 November 1969
Graphic Novelist

Akbar Hashemi RafsanjaniAkbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
25 August 1934
Former President of Iran
Shirin EbadiShirin Ebadi
21 June 1947
Human Rights Activist

Nasir al-Din al-TusiNasir al-Din al-Tusi
18 February 1201
Writer
Shirin NeshatShirin Neshat
26 March 1957
Artist, Activist

Ayatollah KhomeiniAyatollah Khomeini
22 September 1902
Led the Famous Iranian Revolution in 1979

Abdolkarim SoroushAbdolkarim Soroush
16 December 1945
Thinker and Reformer
Jabir Ibn HayyanJabir Ibn Hayyan
0721 AD
Alchemist

Hadi SaeiHadi Saei
10 June 1976
Former Taekwondo Athlete & Olympic Gold Medalist
UldouzUldouz
11 November 1981
Actress

Abū Rayḥān al-BīrūnīAbū Rayḥān al-Bīrūnī
05 September 0973
Scholar

Rezā ShāhRezā Shāh
15 March 1878
Political figure

Mandana ManiMandana Mani
12 January 1978
Fashion Designer
Sam AsghariSam Asghari
04 March 1994
Model
Ruhollah KhomeiniRuhollah Khomeini
24 September 1902
Former Supreme Leader of Iran

Shohreh AghdashlooShohreh Aghdashloo
11 May 1952
Actress

Maryam MirzakhaniMaryam Mirzakhani
03 May 1977
mathematician, topologist, university teacher

Farah PahlaviFarah Pahlavi
14 October 1938
Shahbanu
Mohammad MosaddeghMohammad Mosaddegh
16 June 1882
Iranian Politician

Harun al-RashidHarun al-Rashid
17 March 0763
 

Alireza JahanbakhshAlireza Jahanbakhsh
11 August 1993
Iranian footballer

Nader ShahNader Shah
22 October 1688
 

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Hulagu KhanHulagu Khan
15 October 1218
Mongol ruler
Qasem SoleimaniQasem Soleimani
11 March 1954
military personnel, officer

HafezHafez
 
Sardar AzmounSardar Azmoun
01 January 1995
Association football player

Ali DaeiAli Daei
21 March 1969
Association football player, Entrepreneur,

Mandana KarimiMandana Karimi
29 March 1988
actor, model
Antiochus IV EpiphanesAntiochus IV Epiphanes
0215 BC
king

Negar KhanNegar Khan
1984 AD
actor, model
Artaxerxes I of PersiaArtaxerxes I of Persia
0500 BC
King

Xerxes I of PersiaXerxes I of Persia
0519 BC
King

Shams TabriziShams Tabrizi
1185 AD
poet, philosopher, writer

Saadi ShiraziSaadi Shirazi
1181 AD
poet, writer, professor

Abbas KiarostamiAbbas Kiarostami
22 June 1940
Film director, Screenwriter, Photographer, Film
FerdowsiFerdowsi
0940 AD
poet, writer

Ismail IIsmail I
17 July 1487
sovereign, poet, writer

Mansur Al-HallajMansur Al-Hallaj
0858 AD
poet

Mohammad KhatamiMohammad Khatami
29 September 1943
Philosopher, Politician, Librarian, Writer
Mohammad Reza GolzarMohammad Reza Golzar
16 April 1975
actor, musician, composer, singer, sportsperson

Reza GhoochannejhadReza Ghoochannejhad
20 September 1987
Association football player
Karim AnsarifardKarim Ansarifard
03 April 1990
Association football player

Nizami GanjaviNizami Ganjavi
1141 AD
poet, writer

Antiochus III the GreatAntiochus III the Great
0241 BC
king
MazdakMazdak
 

Jafar PanahiJafar Panahi
11 July 1960
Film director, Film producer, Film editor,
Ali ShariatiAli Shariati
23 November 1933
Politician, Writer, Essayist, Philosopher,

NabonidusNabonidus
king

Naser al-Din Shah QajarNaser al-Din Shah Qajar
 
Shapur IShapur I
0215 AD
Military commander

Moshe KatsavMoshe Katsav
05 December 1945
President , Politician 
Ulugh BegUlugh Beg
22 March 1394
astronomer, mathematician, calligrapher,

Ardashir IArdashir I
0180 AD
 

Masoud BarzaniMasoud Barzani
16 August 1946
Politician

Mir-Hossein MousaviMir-Hossein Mousavi
02 March 1942
 
Muslim ibn al-HajjajMuslim ibn al-Hajjaj
0821 AD
Persian islamic scholar
Forough FarrokhzadForough Farrokhzad
05 January 1935
Poet, Film director, Writer

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

Abolhassan BanisadrAbolhassan Banisadr
22 March 1933
Politician, Economist

Shahab HosseiniShahab Hosseini
04 February 1974
actor, television actor, presenter
ParmenionParmenion
0400 BC
Macedonian general

Nizam al-MulkNizam al-Mulk
10 April 1018
scientist, writer

Xerxes II of PersiaXerxes II of Persia
King

Ali KarimiAli Karimi
08 November 1978
Association football player

Tahmasp ITahmasp I
22 February 1514
Political leader
ArashArash
 

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

Musa al-SadrMusa al-Sadr
15 April 1928
politician, theologian, Akhoond

Mulla SadraMulla Sadra
1571 AD
philosopher, writer
CyaxaresCyaxares
0625 BC
King

Mehdi BazarganMehdi Bazargan
01 September 1907
politician, engineer
Shapur IIShapur II
0309 AD
Military commander

Saman GhoddosSaman Ghoddos
06 September 1993
Footballer

Saeid EzatolahiSaeid Ezatolahi
01 October 1996
Footballer

Muhammad ibn Jarir al-TabariMuhammad ibn Jarir al-Tabari
0838 AD
Historian
Masoud ShojaeiMasoud Shojaei
09 June 1984
Association football player

Darius III of PersiaDarius III of Persia
0381 BC
King
Mohammad-Ali RajaiMohammad-Ali Rajai
15 June 1933
President

Mehdi TaremiMehdi Taremi
18 July 1992
Iranian footballer

Darius I of PersiaDarius I of Persia
0550 BC
King

Haji Bektash VeliHaji Bektash Veli
1209 AD
Philosopher
Fereydoon BatmanghelidjFereydoon Batmanghelidj
1931 AD
physician