Behrouz Vossoughi

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Behrouz Vossoughi
Behrouz Vossoughi.jpg
Vossoughi in 1971
Native name بهروز وثوقی
Born Khalil Vossoughi
(1938-03-11) March 11, 1938 (age 80)
Khoy, Iran
Residence San Rafael, California, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1961–1979
Political party Resurgence Party (1975–1978)[1]
Spouse(s) Googoosh (1975–76)
Catherine Vossoughi (1980–present)
Children 2
Website Official Website

Behrouz Vossoughi (Persian: بهروز وثوقی‎, Azerbaijani: Behruz vusuq[2],born Khalil Vossoughi, Persian: خلیل وثوقی‎ 11 March 1938),[3] is an Iranian Azerbaijani[4][5][6][7] actor, TV host and model, with appearances in more than 90 films and plays.[8] He has also worked in television, radio and theater. His work has earned him recognition at several international film festivals, including for Best Actor at the International Film Festival of India in 1974 and the Lifetime Achievement Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 2006.[9]


He started acting in films with Samuel Khachikian in Toofan dar Shahre Ma and Abbas Shabaviz's Gole gomshodeh (1962), and became a major star as the brooding hero of the revenge drama Qeysar (1969), directed by Masoud Kimiai. Vossoughi received the Best Actor Award at the Sepas Film Festival for this role.

He went on to collaborate with Kimiai on five more films including Dash Akol (1971). His next collaboration with Kimiai was The Deers (1974) in which he played the role of Seyed Rasoul. Vossoughi's most acclaimed performance was as Zar Mohamad, a peasant seeking justice in Tangsir (1975) directed by Amir Naderi. In the same year Vossoughi appeared in The Beehive in the role of Ebi. In 1978, Vossoughi partnered with Ali Hatami in another film, Sooteh-Delan. He was one of the first Iranians to appear in American and European co-productions, such as Caravans (1978), co-starring with Anthony Quinn, Jennifer O'Neill and Michael Sarrazin. He also appeared in The Invincible Six (1970) with Curd Jürgens, and Sphinx (1981) with Frank Langella and Lesley-Anne Down. In 2000, at the San Francisco Film Festival award ceremony, Abbas Kiarostami was awarded the Akira Kurosawa Prize for lifetime achievement in directing, but then gave it to Vossoughi for his contribution to Iranian cinema.[10][11] In addition to his acting career, in 2012 Vossoughi was an official festival judge for the Noor Iranian Film Festival. He is currently a judge on Persian Talent Show.

Notable films[edit]

His most famous film works are Qeysar (1969), The Invincible Six (1970), Reza Motori (1970), Dash Akol (1971), Toughi (1971), Deshne (1972), Baluch (1972), Tangsir (1973), Gavaznha (1974), Zabih (1975), Mamal Amricayi (1975), Zabih, Kandoo (1975), Hamsafar (1975), Sooteh-Delan (1978), Caravans (1978) and Sphinx (1981).


TV series[edit]


  • Winner Statue Sepas for Best Actor Sepas Film Festival — 1969
  • Winner Statue Sepas for Best Actor Sepas Film Festival — 1970
  • Nominated Statue Sepas for Best Actor Sepas Film Festival — 1971
  • Honorary Diploma for Best Actor Tashkent International Film Forum — 1972
  • Best Actor Award International Film Festival of India — 1974
  • Winner Winged Goat Award for Best Actor Tehran International Film Festival — 1974
  • Nominated Winged Goat Award for Best Actor Tehran International Film Festival — 1975
  • Nominated Winged Goat Award for Best Actor Tehran International Film Festival — 1977
  • Akira Kurosawa Award San Francisco International Film Festival — 2000
  • Lifetime Achievement Award San Francisco International Film Festival — 2006
  • Lifetime Achievement Award Thessaloniki International Film Festival — 2012
  • Special Achievement Award Tokyo Filmex 2012
  • Winner of people's heart, presented by a heart, from a disabled Iranian-American U.S. Army ex-serviceman from Berkeley, California — January 14, 2017

Personal life[edit]

He was born in khoy a city in IRANian Azerbaijan. Vossoughi was briefly married in the 1970s, to the Iranian singer Googoosh.[13]

He currently lives in San Rafael, California with his wife, Catherine Vossoughi.

See Also[edit]

Cinema of Iran

List of Iranian Actors


Iranian Azerbaijanis

Azerbaijani Americans

List of Azerbaijanis

List of Iranian Azerbaijanis


  1. ^ Vossoughi joined Rastakhiz Party, newspapers
  2. ^ His surname is also spelled as Behrooz Vosooghi, Behrooz Vossoughi, Behrooz Vosoughi and Behrouz Vossough).
  3. ^ : Entekhab News : Interviews with Entekhab
  4. ^ Behrouz Vossoughi's interview in Azeri turkish [1]
  5. ^ List of Iranian Azerbaijanies[2]
  6. ^ Azeris by Country of Citizenship, LLC Books, ISBN 1158049366, 9781158049363 [3]
  7. ^ Behrouz talks about his mother tongue as an Azeri Turk [4]
  8. ^ "Rhino film 'rebirth for exiled Iran director'". BBC News. 2012-09-13. Retrieved 2017-11-25. 
  9. ^ "Behrouz Vossoughi in Bahman Ghobadi's New Film". RadioJavan. March 31, 2011. 
  10. ^ Judy Stone. "Not Quite a Memoire". Firouzan Films. Retrieved 2007-02-23. 
  11. ^ Jeff Lambert (2000). "43rd Annual San Francisco International Film Festival". Sense of Cinema. Archived from the original on 2010-12-25. 
  12. ^ "Iranian Kurdish film 'Rhino Season' is a poetic tale of lust and loss". The Japan Times. July 15, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Behrouz Vossoughi Biography - زندگینامه بهروز وثوقی". Honar Aks. 2014-10-04. Retrieved 2017-10-29. 

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