List of famous Iranians with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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

0530 BC

Anshan

Xerxes IXerxes I
(Persian King)

0519 BC

0466 AD

Iran

Shah of IranMohammad Reza Pahlavi
(Last Shah of Iran)

26 October 1919

27 July 1980

Tehran

Scorpio

RumiRumi
(Great Poet)

30 September 1207

17 December 1273

Balk (present-day Afghanistan)

Libra

Ali KhameneiAli Khamenei
(Supreme Leader of Iran)

17 July 1939

Mashhad

Cancer

AvicennaAvicenna

0980 AD

31 May 1037

Bukhara

Mehran Karimi Nasseri Mehran Karimi Nasseri
(Refugee)

1942 AD

Masjed Soleiman, Iran

ZoroasterZoroaster
(Founder of Zoroastrianism)

Mahmoud AhmadinejadMahmoud Ahmadinejad
(President of Iran)

28 October 1956

Aradan, Iran

Scorpio

Hassan RouhaniHassan Rouhani
(7th President of Iran)

12 November 1948

Sorkheh, Semnan Province, Iran

Scorpio

Beneil DariushBeneil Dariush
(Mixed Martial Artist)

06 May 1989

Gol Tappeh, Hamadan, Iran

Taurus

Marjane Satrapi Marjane Satrapi
(Graphic Novelist)

22 November 1969

Rasht

Scorpio

Rezā ShāhRezā Shāh
(Political figure)

15 March 1878

26 July 1944

Alasht

Pisces

Amir KhusrowAmir Khusrow
(Sufi Poet)

1253 AD

30 September 1325

Patiyali

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

22 September 1902

03 June 1989

Khomeyn, Persia

Virgo

Shirin NeshatShirin Neshat
(Artist, Activist)

26 March 1957

Qazvin

Aries

Shirin EbadiShirin Ebadi
(Human Rights Activist)

21 June 1947

Hamadan

Gemini

Nasir al-Din al-TusiNasir al-Din al-Tusi
(Writer)

18 February 1201

26 June 1274

Tous

Aquarius

Akbar Hashemi RafsanjaniAkbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
(Former President of Iran)

25 August 1934

08 January 2017

Bahreman, Iran

Virgo

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

05 September 0973

13 December 1048

Khwarezm

Virgo

Omar KhayyamOmar Khayyam
(Mathematician)

18 May 1048

04 December 1131

Nishapur, Iran

Taurus

Abdolkarim SoroushAbdolkarim Soroush
(Thinker and Reformer)

16 December 1945

Tehran

Sagittarius

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

10 June 1976

Tehran

Gemini

UldouzUldouz
(Actress)

11 November 1981

Tehran, Iran

Scorpio

Jabir Ibn HayyanJabir Ibn Hayyan
(Alchemist)

0721 AD

0815 AD

Tous, Iran

Mandana KarimiMandana Karimi
(actor, model)

29 March 1988

Tehran

Aries

Ruhollah KhomeiniRuhollah Khomeini
(Former Supreme Leader of Iran)

24 September 1902

03 June 1989

Khomeyn, Iran

Libra

Qasem SoleimaniQasem Soleimani
(military personnel, officer)

11 March 1954

Qanat-e Malek, Kerman

Pisces

Mohammad MosaddeghMohammad Mosaddegh
(Iranian Politician)

16 June 1882

05 March 1967

Tehran, Iran

Gemini

Maryam MirzakhaniMaryam Mirzakhani
(mathematician, topologist, university teacher)

03 May 1977

Tehran

Taurus

HafezHafez

Shiraz

Abdul-Qadir GilaniAbdul-Qadir Gilani
(poet, faqih)

24 March 1077

12 January 1166

Iran

Aries

Ismail IIsmail I
(sovereign, poet, writer)

17 July 1487

23 May 1524

Ardabil

Cancer

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

29 September 1943

Ardakan

Libra

Shams TabriziShams Tabrizi
(poet, philosopher, writer)

1185 AD

1248 AD

Tabriz

Saadi ShiraziSaadi Shirazi
(poet, writer, professor)

1181 AD

1292 AD

Shiraz

Negar KhanNegar Khan
(actor, model)

1984 AD

Iran

FerdowsiFerdowsi
(poet, writer)

0940 AD

1020 AD

Tous

Mir-Hossein MousaviMir-Hossein Mousavi

02 March 1942

Khamaneh

Pisces

Nizami GanjaviNizami Ganjavi
(poet, writer)

1141 AD

1209 AD

Ganja, Azerbaijan

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

15 April 1928

28 August 1928

Qom

Aries

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

23 November 1933

19 June 1977

Kahak, Razavi Khorasan

Sagittarius

Mohammad-Ali RajaiMohammad-Ali Rajai
(President)

15 June 1933

30 August 1981

Qazvin, Iran

Gemini

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

1145 AD

1221 AD

Nishapur

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

22 March 1394

27 October 1449

Soltaniyeh

Aries

Abolhassan BanisadrAbolhassan Banisadr
(Politician, Economist)

22 March 1933

Hamadan

Aries

Forough FarrokhzadForough Farrokhzad
(Poet, Film director, Writer)

05 January 1935

13 February 1967

Tehran

Capricorn

Mohammad Bagher GhalibafMohammad Bagher Ghalibaf
(politician)

23 August 1961

Torqabeh

Leo

Nizam al-MulkNizam al-Mulk
(scientist, writer)

10 April 1018

14 October 1092

Tus

Aries

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

16 August 1950

Mashhad

Leo

Mehdi BazarganMehdi Bazargan
(politician, engineer)

01 September 1907

20 January 1995

Tehran

Virgo

Fereydoon BatmanghelidjFereydoon Batmanghelidj
(physician)

1931 AD

15 November 2004

Tehran

Shahab HosseiniShahab Hosseini
(actor, television actor, presenter)

04 February 1974

Tehran

Aquarius

Hushang AnsaryHushang Ansary
(Politician, Businessperson, Diplomat, Entrepreneur)

01 January 1926

Ahvaz, Iran

Capricorn

Mulla SadraMulla Sadra
(philosopher, writer)

1571 AD

1636 AD

Shiraz

Nasir KhusrawNasir Khusraw

Haji Bektash VeliHaji Bektash Veli
(Philosopher)

1209 AD

1271 AD

Nishapur

Sahar BiniazSahar Biniaz
(actor, model, beauty pageant contestant)

1986 AD

Tehran

Zahra Amir EbrahimiZahra Amir Ebrahimi
(actor, photographer)

1981 AD

Iran

Hussein-Ali MontazeriHussein-Ali Montazeri
(theologian, philosopher, writer, Akhoond)

1922 AD

20 December 2009

Najafabad

Azar NafisiAzar Nafisi
(Writer, Professor, Novelist, Literary critic)

1955 AD

Tehran, Iran

Shahab al-Din SuhrawardiShahab al-Din Suhrawardi

Amir KabirAmir Kabir
(politician, diplomat)

09 January 1807

10 January 1852

Arak

Capricorn

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

16 April 1975

Tehran

Aries

Qutb al-Din al-ShiraziQutb al-Din al-Shirazi

Morteza MotahhariMorteza Motahhari
(Philosopher, Writer, Akhoond, Theologian)

31 January 1919

01 May 1979

Fariman

Aquarius

Sohrab SepehriSohrab Sepehri
(Painter, Poet, Writer)

07 October 1928

21 April 1980

Kashan

Libra

Babak ZanjaniBabak Morteza Zanjani
(Businessman)

12 March 1971

Tehran

Pisces

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