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

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

Xerxes IXerxes I
0519 BC
Persian King

Qasem SoleimaniQasem Soleimani
11 March 1957
Former Commander of Quds Force
Beneil DariushBeneil Dariush
06 May 1989
Mixed Martial Artist

Mehran Karimi Nasseri Mehran Karimi Nasseri
1942 AD
Refugee

Christiane AmanpourChristiane Amanpour
12 January 1958
Journalist
EstherEsther
 
Queen of the Persian king Ahasuerus

ZoroasterZoroaster
 
Founder of Zoroastrianism
Golshifteh FarahaniGolshifteh Farahani
10 July 1983
Actress, Musician

Farah PahlaviFarah Pahlavi
14 October 1938
Shahbanu

Hassan RouhaniHassan Rouhani
12 November 1948
7th President of Iran

Mahmoud AhmadinejadMahmoud Ahmadinejad
28 October 1956
President of Iran

Harun al-RashidHarun al-Rashid
17 March 0763
Caliph
Mohammad MosaddeghMohammad Mosaddegh
16 June 1882
Political Leader

Nader ShahNader Shah
22 October 1688
Ruler

Jabir Ibn HayyanJabir Ibn Hayyan
0721 AD
Alchemist

Shams TabriziShams Tabrizi
1185 AD
Poet
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

Artaxerxes I of PersiaArtaxerxes I of Persia
 
Kings of the Achaemenid Empire

Nasir al-Din al-TusiNasir al-Din al-Tusi
18 February 1201
Writer
Shirin EbadiShirin Ebadi
21 June 1947
Human Rights Activist

Shirin NeshatShirin Neshat
26 March 1957
Artist, Activist
Rezā ShāhRezā Shāh
15 March 1878
Political figure

Omar KhayyamOmar Khayyam
18 May 1048
Mathematician

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

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Tony ToutouniTony Toutouni
04 April 1973
Entrepreneurs
Hadi SaeiHadi Saei
10 June 1976
Former Taekwondo Athlete & Olympic Gold Medalist

Sam AsghariSam Asghari
04 March 1994
Model

UldouzUldouz
11 November 1981
Actress

Mandana ManiMandana Mani
12 January 1978
Fashion Designer
Saeed HanaeiSaeed Hanaei
05 April 1962
Serial killer
Shohreh AghdashlooShohreh Aghdashloo
11 May 1952
Actress

Nazanin BoniadiNazanin Boniadi
22 May 1980
Actress

ZarathustraZarathustra
Prophet

Ramin KarimlooRamin Karimloo
19 September 1978
Actor
Darius the GreatDarius the Great
0550 AD
King of Persia

Malik-Shah IMalik-Shah I
08 August 1055
Sultan

Mehdi TaremiMehdi Taremi
18 July 1992
Iranian footballer

Al-GhazālīAl-Ghazālī
1058 AD
Philosopher

Muhammad of GhorMuhammad of Ghor
1149 AD
King
Hassan-i SabbahHassan-i Sabbah
1050 AD
Islamic religious leader

Abdul Qadir GilaniAbdul Qadir Gilani
17 March 1078
Preacher
Ali DaeiAli Daei
21 March 1969
Association football player, Entrepreneur,

Cassandra ClareCassandra Clare
27 July 1973
Writer

Navid NegahbanNavid Negahban
02 June 1968
Actor
Zahra Khanom Tadj es-SaltanehZahra Khanom Tadj es-Saltaneh
14 February 1883
Princess

Maryam MirzakhaniMaryam Mirzakhani
03 May 1977
mathematician, topologist, university teacher
Negar KhanNegar Khan
1984 AD
actor, model

Baháʼu'lláhBaháʼu'lláh
12 November 1817
Religion Founder

TomyrisTomyris
Ruler

HafezHafez
1315 AD
Poet

Jian GhomeshiJian Ghomeshi
09 June 1967
Musician
Al-RaziAl-Razi
0854 AD
Polymath

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

Cambyses IICambyses II
0559 BC
King

Ali-Reza PahlaviAli-Reza Pahlavi
28 April 1966
Politician
Ismail IIsmail I
17 July 1487
sovereign, poet, writer

Nizam al-MulkNizam al-Mulk
10 April 1018
scientist, writer
The BābThe Bāb
20 October 1819
Religious Leaders

Sardar AzmounSardar Azmoun
01 January 1995
Association football player

FerdowsiFerdowsi
0940 AD
Poet
ManiMani
14 April 0216
Prophet

ArashArash
23 April 1977
Singer
ZerubbabelZerubbabel
Governor

Stateira IIStateira II
0346 AD
Darius III's Daughter

Alireza JahanbakhshAlireza Jahanbakhsh
11 August 1993
Iranian footballer
GoogooshGoogoosh
05 May 1950
Singer

Mandana KarimiMandana Karimi
29 March 1988
actor, model
Shiva RoseShiva Rose
08 February 1969
Actress

BardiyaBardiya
King

Maz JobraniMaz Jobrani
26 February 1972
Comedians

Abolhassan BanisadrAbolhassan Banisadr
22 March 1933
Politician
Mohammad KhatamiMohammad Khatami
29 September 1943
Philosopher, Politician, Librarian, Writer
Desiree AkhavanDesiree Akhavan
1984 AD
Director

Salman the PersianSalman the Persian
0568 AD
Companion of Muḥammad

Antiochus III the GreatAntiochus III the Great
0241 BC
king

Al-HallajAl-Hallaj
0858 AD
Poet
Naser al-Din Shah QajarNaser al-Din Shah Qajar
16 July 1831
King

NabonidusNabonidus
king

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

TughrilTughril
0990 AD
King

Al-TabariAl-Tabari
0839 AD
Scholar
Saman GhoddosSaman Ghoddos
06 September 1993
Footballer

Agha Mohammad Khan QajarAgha Mohammad Khan Qajar
14 March 1742
Shah of Iran
Patrik BaboumianPatrik Baboumian
01 July 1979
Strongman

Tahmasp ITahmasp I
22 February 1514
Political leader
Khosrow IKhosrow I
0501 AD
King
Marshall ManeshMarshall Manesh
16 August 1950
actor, television actor, film actor