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
Ali KhameneiAli Khamenei
17 July 1939
Supreme Leader of Iran

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

Cyrus the GreatCyrus the Great
0590 BC
Founder of First Persian Empire

Xerxes IXerxes I
0519 BC
Persian King

Hassan RouhaniHassan Rouhani
12 November 1948
7th President of Iran
Mehran Karimi Nasseri Mehran Karimi Nasseri
1942 AD
Refugee

ZoroasterZoroaster
 
Founder of Zoroastrianism

Golshifteh FarahaniGolshifteh Farahani
10 July 1983
Actress, Musician

Christiane AmanpourChristiane Amanpour
12 January 1958
Journalist
Mahmoud AhmadinejadMahmoud Ahmadinejad
28 October 1956
President of Iran

Tony ToutouniTony Toutouni
04 April 1981
Entrepreneurs
Marjane Satrapi Marjane Satrapi
22 November 1969
Graphic Novelist

Akbar Hashemi RafsanjaniAkbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
25 August 1934
Former President of Iran

Nasir al-Din al-TusiNasir al-Din al-Tusi
18 February 1201
Writer
Beneil DariushBeneil Dariush
06 May 1989
Mixed Martial Artist

Shirin EbadiShirin Ebadi
21 June 1947
Human Rights Activist
Ayatollah KhomeiniAyatollah Khomeini
22 September 1902
Led the Famous Iranian Revolution in 1979

Shirin NeshatShirin Neshat
26 March 1957
Artist, Activist

Jabir Ibn HayyanJabir Ibn Hayyan
0721 AD
Alchemist
Rezā ShāhRezā Shāh
15 March 1878
Political figure

Abdolkarim SoroushAbdolkarim Soroush
16 December 1945
Thinker and Reformer
Abū Rayḥān al-BīrūnīAbū Rayḥān al-Bīrūnī
05 September 0973
Scholar

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

UldouzUldouz
11 November 1981
Actress

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

Farah PahlaviFarah Pahlavi
14 October 1938
Shahbanu

Shohreh AghdashlooShohreh Aghdashloo
11 May 1952
Actress

Mohammad MosaddeghMohammad Mosaddegh
16 June 1882
Iranian Politician
Ali DaeiAli Daei
21 March 1969
Association football player, Entrepreneur,

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

Nader ShahNader Shah
22 October 1688
 

Alireza JahanbakhshAlireza Jahanbakhsh
11 August 1993
Iranian footballer

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Harun al-RashidHarun al-Rashid
17 March 0763
 
Hulagu KhanHulagu Khan
15 October 1218
Mongol ruler

Negar KhanNegar Khan
1984 AD
actor, model
HafezHafez
 

Qasem SoleimaniQasem Soleimani
11 March 1954
military personnel, officer

Mandana KarimiMandana Karimi
29 March 1988
actor, model
Sardar AzmounSardar Azmoun
01 January 1995
Association football player

Antiochus IV EpiphanesAntiochus IV Epiphanes
0215 BC
king
Xerxes I of PersiaXerxes I of Persia
0519 BC
King

Artaxerxes I of PersiaArtaxerxes I of Persia
0500 BC
King

Shams TabriziShams Tabrizi
1185 AD
poet, philosopher, writer

Abbas KiarostamiAbbas Kiarostami
22 June 1940
Film director, Screenwriter, Photographer, Film

Mohammad KhatamiMohammad Khatami
29 September 1943
Philosopher, Politician, Librarian, Writer
Saadi ShiraziSaadi Shirazi
1181 AD
poet, writer, professor

Mansur Al-HallajMansur Al-Hallaj
0858 AD
poet

FerdowsiFerdowsi
0940 AD
poet, writer

Ismail IIsmail I
17 July 1487
sovereign, poet, writer
Reza GhoochannejhadReza Ghoochannejhad
20 September 1987
Association football player

Karim AnsarifardKarim Ansarifard
03 April 1990
Association football player
Naser al-Din Shah QajarNaser al-Din Shah Qajar
 

Antiochus III the GreatAntiochus III the Great
0241 BC
king

Ali ShariatiAli Shariati
23 November 1933
Politician, Writer, Essayist, Philosopher,
Mohammad Reza GolzarMohammad Reza Golzar
16 April 1975
actor, musician, composer, singer, sportsperson

MazdakMazdak
 
NabonidusNabonidus
king

Shapur IShapur I
0215 AD
Military commander

Abolhassan BanisadrAbolhassan Banisadr
22 March 1933
Politician, Economist
Nizami GanjaviNizami Ganjavi
1141 AD
poet, writer

Ardashir IArdashir I
0180 AD
 
Moshe KatsavMoshe Katsav
05 December 1945
President , Politician 

Mir-Hossein MousaviMir-Hossein Mousavi
02 March 1942
 

Masoud BarzaniMasoud Barzani
16 August 1946
Politician

Muslim ibn al-HajjajMuslim ibn al-Hajjaj
0821 AD
Persian islamic scholar
Ulugh BegUlugh Beg
22 March 1394
astronomer, mathematician, calligrapher,
Jafar PanahiJafar Panahi
11 July 1960
Film director, Film producer, Film editor,

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

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

Forough FarrokhzadForough Farrokhzad
05 January 1935
Poet, Film director, Writer
ParmenionParmenion
0400 BC
Macedonian general

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

Mehdi TaremiMehdi Taremi
18 July 1992
Iranian footballer

Tahmasp ITahmasp I
22 February 1514
Political leader

Ali KarimiAli Karimi
08 November 1978
Association football player
ArashArash
 

Xerxes II of PersiaXerxes II of Persia
King
Musa al-SadrMusa al-Sadr
15 April 1928
politician, theologian, Akhoond

CyaxaresCyaxares
0625 BC
King

Mohammad-Ali RajaiMohammad-Ali Rajai
15 June 1933
President
BessusBessus
King

Saeid EzatolahiSaeid Ezatolahi
01 October 1996
Footballer
Mehdi BazarganMehdi Bazargan
01 September 1907
politician, engineer

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

Masoud ShojaeiMasoud Shojaei
09 June 1984
Association football player

Mulla SadraMulla Sadra
1571 AD
philosopher, writer
Shapur IIShapur II
0309 AD
Military commander

Saman GhoddosSaman Ghoddos
06 September 1993
Footballer
Darius III of PersiaDarius III of Persia
0381 BC
King

Muhammad ibn Jarir al-TabariMuhammad ibn Jarir al-Tabari
0838 AD
Historian

Mithridates I of ParthiaMithridates I of Parthia
0195 BC
Politician

Darius I of PersiaDarius I of Persia
0550 BC
King
Mehdi MahdavikiaMehdi Mahdavikia
24 July 1977
Association football player