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

Shah of IranMohammad Reza Pahlavi
(Last Shah of Iran)

26 October 1919

Christiane AmanpourChristiane Amanpour
(Journalist)

12 January 1958

Xerxes IXerxes I
(Persian King)

0519 BC

Ali KhameneiAli Khamenei
(Supreme Leader of Iran)

17 July 1939

ZoroasterZoroaster
(Founder of Zoroastrianism)

Mehran Karimi Nasseri Mehran Karimi Nasseri
(Refugee)

1942 AD

Golshifteh FarahaniGolshifteh Farahani
(Actress, Musician)

10 July 1983

Mahmoud AhmadinejadMahmoud Ahmadinejad
(President of Iran)

28 October 1956

Hassan RouhaniHassan Rouhani
(7th President of Iran)

12 November 1948

Tony ToutouniTony Toutouni
(Entrepreneurs)

04 April 1981

Omar KhayyamOmar Khayyam
(Mathematician)

18 May 1048

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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
(Writer)

18 February 1201

Shirin NeshatShirin Neshat
(Artist, Activist)

26 March 1957

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

22 September 1902

Abdolkarim SoroushAbdolkarim Soroush
(Thinker and Reformer)

16 December 1945

Jabir Ibn HayyanJabir Ibn Hayyan
(Alchemist)

0721 AD

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

10 June 1976

Abū Rayḥān al-BīrūnīAbū Rayḥān al-Bīrūnī
(Scholar)

05 September 0973

UldouzUldouz
(Actress)

11 November 1981

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Rezā ShāhRezā Shāh
(Political figure)

15 March 1878

Mandana ManiMandana Mani
(Fashion Designer)

12 January 1978

Sam AsghariSam Asghari
(Model)

04 March 1994

Ruhollah KhomeiniRuhollah Khomeini
(Former Supreme Leader of Iran)

24 September 1902

Farah PahlaviFarah Pahlavi
(Shahbanu)

14 October 1938

Sardar AzmounSardar Azmoun
(Association football player)

01 January 1995

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Shohreh AghdashlooShohreh Aghdashloo
(Actress)

11 May 1952

Nader ShahNader Shah

22 October 1688

Harun al-RashidHarun al-Rashid

17 March 0763

Antiochus IV EpiphanesAntiochus IV Epiphanes
(king)

0215 BC

Xerxes I of PersiaXerxes I of Persia
(King)

0519 BC

Mohammad MosaddeghMohammad Mosaddegh
(Iranian Politician)

16 June 1882

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

21 March 1969

HafezHafez

Artaxerxes I of PersiaArtaxerxes I of Persia
(King)

0500 BC

Maryam MirzakhaniMaryam Mirzakhani
(mathematician, topologist, university teacher)

03 May 1977

Karim AnsarifardKarim Ansarifard
(Association football player)

03 April 1990

Alireza JahanbakhshAlireza Jahanbakhsh
(Iranian footballer)

11 August 1993

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Negar KhanNegar Khan
(actor, model)

1984 AD

Hulagu KhanHulagu Khan
(Mongol ruler)

15 October 1218

Shams TabriziShams Tabrizi
(poet, philosopher, writer)

1185 AD

Mandana KarimiMandana Karimi
(actor, model)

29 March 1988

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

22 June 1940

Qasem SoleimaniQasem Soleimani
(military personnel, officer)

11 March 1954

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Saadi ShiraziSaadi Shirazi
(poet, writer, professor)

1181 AD

Ismail IIsmail I
(sovereign, poet, writer)

17 July 1487

FerdowsiFerdowsi
(poet, writer)

0940 AD

Reza GhoochannejhadReza Ghoochannejhad
(Association football player)

20 September 1987

Mansur Al-HallajMansur Al-Hallaj
(poet)

0858 AD

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

16 April 1975

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Nizami GanjaviNizami Ganjavi
(poet, writer)

1141 AD

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

29 September 1943

Antiochus III the GreatAntiochus III the Great
(king)

0241 BC

Naser al-Din Shah QajarNaser al-Din Shah Qajar

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

23 November 1933

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Masoud ShojaeiMasoud Shojaei
(Association football player)

09 June 1984

MazdakMazdak

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

11 July 1960

Ali KarimiAli Karimi
(Association football player)

08 November 1978

Saman GhoddosSaman Ghoddos
(Footballer)

06 September 1993

Forough FarrokhzadForough Farrokhzad
(Poet, Film director, Writer)

05 January 1935

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Masoud BarzaniMasoud Barzani
(Politician)

16 August 1946

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

22 March 1394

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

0821 AD

Ardashir IArdashir I

0180 AD

Shapur IShapur I
(Military commander)

0215 AD

Ehsan HajsafiEhsan Hajsafi
(Association football player)

25 February 1990

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

16 August 1950

Shahab HosseiniShahab Hosseini
(actor, television actor, presenter)

04 February 1974

Attar of NishapurAttar of Nishapur
(philosopher, poet, writer)

1145 AD