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Ezatolah Entezami

Ezatollah Entezami
Entezami in 2012
Born (1924-06-21) June 21, 1924 (age 90)
Tehran, Iran
Occupation Actor
Years active 1949–2007
Spouse(s) Mina Entezami (1946–2010, her death)
Children Majid (b. 1947)

Ezzatolah Entezami (Persian: عزت‌الله انتظامی‎, born June 21, 1924) is an award-winning Iranian actor.


Graduated from theatre and cinema school in Hanover, Germany in 1958, Entezami started his career on stage in 1941. He has been acting in movies since 1969. His debut performance in Darius Mehrjui’s admired classic film, The Cow(Gaav), received the Golden Hugo in Chicago International Film Festival in 1971. He shined in the role of a naive villager who cannot endure the death of his beloved cow and starts to believe that he is the cow himself.

He is known as one of the most prominent actors in Iranian cinema and has been labelled as the greatest actor in history of the cinema of Iran. He has worked with most of the prominent Iranian film directors, including Darius Mehrjui (eight films), Ali Hatami (four films), Nasser Taqvaee, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Behrouz Afkhami and Rakhshan Bani-Etemad. He has been awarded the Crystal Simorgh for the Best Actor twice from the International Fajr Film Festival, for Grand Cinema and The Day of Angel. His work and accomplishments were recognized in October 2006 at the Iran cultural center in Paris.[1]

Selected filmography

  • The Cow, 1969
  • Mr. Naive, 1970
  • The Postman, 1972
  • Bita, 1972
  • Sadegh the Kurdish, 1972
  • Sattar Khan
  • Love’s Tumult, 1973
  • Kingdom of Heaven
  • Sleeping Lion, 1976
  • The Cycle
  • The Dust Dwellers
  • Hezar Dastan, TV series, 1978–1987
  • Condemned, 1978
  • The School We Went To, 1980
  • Hadji Washington, 1982
  • The Spider’s House
  • Kamalolmolk, 1983
  • The Suitcase, 1985 (released in 1988)
  • The Tenants, 1986
  • Stony Lion, 1986
  • Shirak
  • Djafar Khan Returns from Europe, 1987
  • In the Wind’s Eye
  • Grand Cinema
  • The Ship Angelica, 1988
  • Hamoun, 1989
  • The Shadow of Imagination, 1990
  • Banu,1991 (released in 1998)
  • The Quiet Home
  • Once Upon a Time, Cinema, 1991
  • The Toy, 1992 (released in 1994)
  • The Battle of Oil Tankers
  • Day of the Angel (also-sc.), 1993
  • The Blue-Veiled
  • The Fateful Day, 1994
  • Typhoon
  • Takhti, the World Champion (the first version, unfinished) 1996
  • Wind and Anemone
  • The Punishment Committee, 1998
  • The Mix (guest star)
  • The Dark Room
  • Twilight, 2001
  • The House Built on Water, 2001
  • A Place to Live, 2003
  • Order, 2004
  • Stars, 2005
  • Colors of Memory, 2007

Personal life

His son, Majid Entezami is one of the most celebrated Iranian film score composers.


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • An interview with Ezzatollah Entezami in connection with the recently-produced [2].

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