Arman (actor)

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Aramais Vardani Hovsepian

(1921-02-21)21 February 1921
Died18 August 1980(1980-08-18) (aged 59)
NationalityIranian Armenian
Other namesAramais Vartan Yousefians
Occupationactor, film director, and producer
Years active1953-1980
Childrenone daughter (Lorik Minassian) and three sons

Arman (Armenian: Արման; Persian: آرمان‎; born 21 February 1921 – died 18 August 1980), was an Iranian Armenian actor, film director, and producer.


He was born Aramais Vardani Hovsepian (Armenian: Արամայիս Վարդանի Հովսեփյան; Persian: آرامائیس وارطانی هُوسپیان‎), on 21 February 1921 in Tabriz. He started performing in school theaters before he landed a major role in Namus in 1940 and entered nonprofessional theater. He moved to Tehran in 1954 and joined the theater group of Ararat Club and worked with celebrities like Joseph Vaezian, Samuel Khachikian, and Aramais Aghamalian. He made his first screen debut in Khachikian's first film, The Return (1953), and opted to act mainly in his following pictures: A Girl From Shiraz, Crossroads of Incidents, Blood and Grace, Storm in Our Town, A Cry at Midnight, and Apprehension. Arman was one of the distinctive actors of the 1950s and 1960s Iranian cinema, and the brand of characters he portrayed was mostly rich people gone bankrupt or confronted with serious problems. He tried his hand in directing and producing films with Bride of the Sea in 1965 and raised his production to five. The Tenant (1972) was another movie he directed, produced, and played. He was also the actor and producer of two films by Mohammad Deljou and Amir Mojahed: Cronies (1974) and The Night of the Loners (1975). He died on August 18, 1980 at the age 59 in Barcelona and was buried at Christian Armenian Burastan Cemetery in Tehran.[1][2][3][4]


Croesus' Treasure (1965),
The Bride of the Sea (1965), first from right
  • 1980 Crossing the Night
  • 1979 Goft har se nafareshan
  • 1975 Mamal Amricayi
  • 1975 Night of Foreigners
  • 1974 The Compromise
  • 1972 Ghadir
  • 1972 The Spring (TV movie)
  • 1971 For Whom the Hearts Beat
  • 1971 Jan-sakht
  • 1970 Ghesseye shab-e Yalda
  • 1970 Wrath of Eagles
  • 1970 Leyli and Majnoon
  • 1969 Pesaran-e Gharoon
  • 1968 Charkh-E-Bazigar
  • 1968 Poli be sooye behesht
  • 1966 Rebellion
  • 1966 Shamsi pahlevoon
  • 1965 Croesus' Treasure
  • 1965 The Bride of the Sea (also director)
  • 1964 The Devil Is Knocking
  • 1964 The Humans
  • 1964 The Strike
  • 1963 Highway of Death
  • 1962 Anxiety
  • 1961 The Bum
  • 1961 The Midnight Terror
  • 1958 Storm in Our Town
  • 1955 The Crossroad of Events
  • 1955 Blood and Honor
  • 1953 A Girl From Shiraz


  1. ^ Sayyed Morteza Sayyed Mohammadi (1999). A Guide To Iranian Cinema Directors 1930-1999. Tehran: Simroo Publishing House. pp. 3–5. ISBN 978-964-5685-35-3.
  2. ^ Armenians And Iranian Cinema. Tehran: Film Museum Of Iran. Summer 2004. p. 98. ISBN 978-964-6728-44-8.
  3. ^ Janet D. Lazarian (2003). Encyclopedia of Iranian Armenians. Tehran: Hirmand Publisher. p. 418. ISBN 978-964-6974-50-0.
  4. ^ "Iranian Movie Database: آرمان ميناسيان". sourehcinema. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015.

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