Reza Naji is an Iranian actor and an iconic figure of Iranian cinema.

Reza Naji
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Born (1942-12-26) 26 December 1942 (age 79)

Naji started his career in theater when he was a teenager. While serving in the Iranian army, he continued to perform in different roles. His first role in a film goes back to 1997 in Children of Heaven, which proved to be a breakthrough. For playing the role of Ali's father, director Majid Majidi was seeking an actor with an Azeri accent, and Naji was carefully selected from a group of 2,500 actors tested for the role. Since then, he has played several roles in Iranian films. Among his most notable performances is his appearance in The Song of Sparrows, directed by renowned film director Majid Majidi, for which Naji won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, and Best Performance by an Actor at the 2008 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Children of Heaven Ali's Father
1998 Birth of a Butterfly
2001 Baran Memar
2002 Parandeh baz-e kouchak
2005 The Willow Tree Morteza
2007 Sargije
2008 The Song of Sparrows Karim Silver Bear, Berlin Film Festival[citation needed]
2014 Harud Yusuf Indian film
2014 Toward Freedom
2014 Teacher
2014 Love is not Closed
2018 We Are All Together
2020 After the Incident



  1. ^ "APSA Nominees & Winners". Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Retrieved 2020-07-29.
  2. ^ Iran’s Naji wins more top accolades of world cinema Tehran Times, November 13, 2008.

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