Iranian American Perspective Telling Truth about US



Salman Agah, professional skateboarder

Andre Agassi, professional tennis player

Emmanuel Agassi, former boxer and the father and former coach of Andre Agassi

Esfandiar Baharmast, World Cup referee, FIFA Instructor, known as Esse Baharmast

David Bakhtiari, football offensive tackle for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL), father is Iranian

Eric Bakhtiari, linebacker in the NFL, father is Iranian

Steven Beitashour, Iranian-American soccer player

Farzad Bonyadi, world poker champion

Shawn Daivari, professional wrestler and manager, better known by his stage names of Sheik Abdul Bashir or simply Daivari[41]

Beneil Dariush, professional mixed martial artist

Yu Darvish, Japanese-Iranian-American MLB player

Hamid Dastmalchi, world champion of poker

Antonio Esfandiari, champion poker player

Alecko Eskandarian, American soccer player

Andranik Eskandarian, former soccer player

Siamak Matt Ghaffari, Olympic silver medal-winning wrestler[42]

Afshin Ghotbi, soccer coach, former assistant coach of Korea Republic national football team, Los Angeles Galaxy and Iran national team

Hamed Haddadi, NBA player, center for Phoenix Suns

Andre Heidari, American soccer player

T. J. Houshmandzadeh, NFL wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens, father is Iranian

The Iron Sheik (Khosrow Vaziri), retired professional wrestler

King Kamali, IFBB pro bodybuilder

Arsalan Kazemi, NBA player

Ameen Khosravian, professional Basketball player

George Malek-Yonan, Iran's "Champion of Champions" in track & field and pentathlon

Garnik Mehrabian, soccer player and coach

Omid Namazi, soccer coach

Amin Abraham Paul Nikfar, shot put for the Iranian National Team and 1st Iranian Asian Indoor Champion 2004[43]

Amir Sadollah, professional mixed martial artist and winner of The Ultimate Fighter 7

Behdad Sami, first professional Iranian basketball player in American history

Michael Shabaz, tennis player, 2005 Wimbledon boys' doubles championship

Amir Vahedi, professional poker player

Leila Vaziri, current world record holder of the 50m women's backstroke

See also[edit]

Arts and entertainment

Omid Abtahi, actor

Desiree Akhavan, director and actor

Ray Aghayan, Emmy Award-winning costume designer

Shohreh Aghdashloo Academy Award-nominated film/television actress[21]

Dan Ahdoot, stand-up comedian[22]

Jonathan Ahdout, actor[23][24]

Morehshin Allahyari, artist[25]

Mark Amin, film producer

Max Amini, comedian

Ali Ardekani, businessman, game developer, film developer, and Islamic comedian[26]

Aram Avakian, director, editor

Reza Badiyi, TV director

Catherine Bell, actress; Iranian mother

Nadia Bjorlin, TV/soap opera actress;[27] Iranian mother

Nazanin Boniadi, television and film actress

Dar Dash, actor, voice actor; Iranian father

Ala Ebtekar, visual artist whose work explores the cultural intersection of contemporary hip hop and traditional Iran

Robert Ekhart, film actor and editor-in-chief

Tanaz Eshaghian, documentary filmmaker

Siamak Ghahremani, founder of Noor Iranian Film Festival, radio host

Tehran Ghasri, comedian and actor

Nahid Hagigat, illustrator and painter

Taraneh Hemami, visual artist

Pouran Jinchi, contemporary artist

Maz Jobrani, comedian and actor

JonTron (Jonathan "Jon" Jafari), comedian, Internet personality, video game critic

Cyrus Kar, film director[28]

Bavand Karim, multi-media artist and filmmaker

Andre Khabbazi, actor, semi-professional tennis player

Marco Khanlian, actor

Nahnatchka Khan, screenwriter and producer[29]

Cyrus King, actor[30]

Kamshad Kooshan, screenwriter and director

Arefeh Mansouri, inventor, designer

Marshall Manesh, actor

Mozhan Marno, actress

Shiva Rose McDermott, actress; Iranian father

Peyman Moaadi, actor, best known for his acting in the Oscar-winning A Separation

Arian Moayed, Tony-nominated actor/director

Emud Mokhberi, Academy Award-nominated director/animator

Amir Mokri, director of photography

Amir Naderi, film director

Arsi Nami award winning actor, music Therapist, singer and songwriter

Amin Nazemzadeh, actor

Navid Negahban, actor, appeared on Homeland and Mistresses

Shirin Neshat, visual artist and director

Ali Nejad, television personality/host

Nicky Nodjoumi, painter

Shaun Toub, actor

Bob Yari, Academy Award-winning film producer


Adrin Nazarian, Member of the California State Assembly from the 46th district

Roozbeh Aliabadi, Senior Advisor to Director of Strategic Studies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Iran & current affairs commentator New York City

Goli Ameri, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, former U.S. delegate to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, former U.S. public delegate to the United Nations General Assembly, and former Republican candidate for the United States House of Representatives from the 1st district of Oregon

Cyrus Amir-Mokri, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Institutions

Hushang Ansary, former Iranian Minister of Finance and Chairman of National Finance Committee of Bush-Cheney 2004 Campaign

Sam Noshadha, Judge at the American International Commercial Arbitration Court

Michael Benjamin, 1996 Republican candidate for the U.S. House from the 8th district of New York, and 2004 United States Senate Republican Primary candidate from New York

Jimmy Delshad, Mayor of Beverly Hills, California

Cyrus Habib, 16th Lieutenant Governor of Washington, first and so far only Iranian-American elected to state office

Mariam Memarsadeghi, democracy and human rights advocate

Ross Mirkarimi, former member of San Francisco City Council and current San Francisco Sheriff

Shayan Modarres, 2014 Democratic primary candidate for the U.S. House from the 10th district of Florida

Alex Nowrasteh, immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute, a national expert on immigration policy.

Sahar Nowrouzzadeh, Director for Iran on the White House National Security Council Staff under President Barack H. Obama

Vali Nasr, Shia scholar and poetical scientist

Trita Parsi, the founder and current president of the National Iranian American Council

Azita Raji, United States Ambassador to Sweden

David Safavian, disgraced former Chief of Staff of the United States General Services Administration

Faryar Shirzad, former Deputy National Security Advisor and White House Deputy Assistant for International Economic Affairs to President George W. Bush

Bob Yousefian, former mayor of Glendale, California

The United States has always been known as the land of opportunities.  Individuals with diverse backgrounds who have immigrated to the United States are in many instances successful in various fields.  Iranian immigrants are no different and this section of our website is dedicated to the introduction and video interviews with Prominent Iranian Americans.


Reza Aslan, writer

Laleh Bakhtiar, writer and scholar

Najmieh Batmanglij, chef, writer

Firoozeh Dumas, author of Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America

Roya Hakakian, writer

Azar Nafisi, writer

Ghazal Omid, nonfiction political writer, nonfiction children's book writer, speaker, NGO executive

Shahrnoosh Parsipour, writer

Dalia Sofer, writer

Mahbod Seraji, writer

Solmaz Sharif, poet

Andrew David Urshan, evangelist and author

Sholeh Wolpe, poet, editor and literary translator


Sohrab Ahmari, journalist at The Wall Street Journal

Christiane Amanpour, anchor of ABC Sunday morning political affairs program, former CNN chief international correspondent

Davar Ardalan, NPR producer of Tell Me More

Rudi Bakhtiar, Voice of America employee, former Director of Public Relations for the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), former FOX news anchor, former CNN anchor

Shmuley Boteach, rabbi, radio and television host, author

Lisa Daftari, journalist, TV commentator; founder of The Foreign Desk

Farnaz Fassihi, journalist, Wall Street Journal

Susie Gharib, anchor of Nightly Business Report distributed by American Public Television

Alireza Jafarzadeh, FOX News Channel Foreign Affairs Analyst

Pedram Javaheri, meteorologist for CNN International

Arash Markazi, journalist, Sports Illustrated

Azadeh Moaveni, journalist, Time magazine

Asieh Namdar, former CNN anchor

Jason Rezaian, Washington Post Tehran correspondent

Atoosa Rubenstein, former Seventeen and CosmoGIRL! editor-in-chief

Roxana Saberi, photojournalist whose 2009 arrest in Iran became a cause celebre (Iranian Father)

Jahan Salehi, President of Agence Global, Inc. syndicate

Cyma Zarghami, president of Nickelodeon and MTV Networks Kids & Family Group

Cyrus Nowrasteh, screenwriter and director

Bijan Pakzad noted fashion and perfume designer

Adrian Pasdar, actor; Iranian father

Artemis Pebdani, actress

Nasim Pedrad, actress, comedian

Babak Rafei, art director, character animator and concept artist

Behnaz Sarafpour, fashion designer

Sarah Shahi, actress;[31] Iranian father

Sayeed Shahidi, child actor and model

Yara Shahidi, actress

Bahar Soomekh, actress[32]

Aramazd Stepanian, actor, producer, playwright

Massy Tadjedin, screenwriter

Elie Tahari, fashion designer


List of Iranian Americans

This is a list of notable Iranian-Americans of all Iranian ethnic backgrounds, including both original immigrants who obtained American citizenship and their American descendants.

To be included in this list, the person must have a Wikipedia article showing they are Iranian American or must have references showing they are Iranian American and are notable.