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A portrait of legendary Iranian actor Ali Nasiriyan

iFilm English website features a profile of legendary Iranian actor Ali Nasiriyan.

Ali Nasiriyan, born on February 4, 1935 in Tehran, is a name that resonates with the rich history of Iranian cinema.

With a career spanning over six decades, Nasiriyan has established himself as one of the most renowned and beloved actors in the country.

Nasiriyan's journey into the world of acting began in 1952 when he stepped onto the theater stage.

His passion for performing arts led him to explore various avenues, and in 1969, he made his cinematic debut in Darioush Mehrjouee's ‘The Cow’. This collaboration with Mehrjouee and Ezatollah Entezami marked the beginning of a remarkable career that would shape Iranian cinema.

In 1970, Nasiriyan took on the title role in Mehrjui's ‘Mr. Naive’, further solidifying his position as an exceptional actor.

Throughout his career, he has graced numerous movies and series with his talent. Some of his most notable performances include 'Kamal-ol-Molk' (1983), 'Mirza Nowruz's Shoes' (1985), 'Captain Khorshid' (1986), 'Scent of Joseph's Shirt' (1995), 'The Silent King' (2003), 'Saturday Hunter' (2011), and 'Iran Burger' (2014).

Not limited to the silver screen, Nasiriyan has also left an indelible mark on Iranian television. His roles in series such as 'Heads on Gallows' (1984), 'Hezar Dastan' (1979-1987), 'The Wolves' (1986-1987), 'The Lost Paradise' (1996), 'Neighbors' (2000), 'Lighter than Darkness' (1999-2002), 'Floating in a Bubble' (2006), ‘The Forbidden Fruit’ (2007), ‘Sheikh Baha’ee’(2003-2008),'Mankind's Land'(2009) and ‘Sparrow's Dream’(2012) have captivated audiences across generations.

Nasiriyan's contributions to Iranian theater are equally significant. In 1957, he received recognition for writing a play titled ‘Nightingale in Love’. In 2002, his outstanding achievements were honored when he was designated an “Iranian National Treasure” in theater and film.

Throughout his career, Nasiriyan has been showered with accolades for his exceptional performances. He has been awarded two Crystal Simorghs, a Hafez Award, an Iran's Film Critics and Writers Association Award, and a Sepas Award.

Alongside late veteran actors Mohammad Ali Keshavarz, Ezatollah Entezami, Jamshid Mashayekhi, and Davoud Rashidi, he is celebrated as one of “the five most important actors in the history of Iranian cinema” due to their profound influence.

Even at the age of 88 today, Nasiriyan continues to mesmerize audiences with his talent and dedication to his craft. His recent lead role in ‘Sun Children’ (2020) showcases that age is no barrier for this legendary actor.

As we celebrate Nasiriyan's remarkable contributions to Iranian cinema and theater throughout the years, we wish him long life so that future generations may continue to be inspired by his extraordinary talent.

Long live Ali Nasiriyan!

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