Ezzatolah Entezami

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Ezatollah Entezami
Ezzatollah Entezami in UN office.jpg
Entezami in 2014
Born(1924-06-21)21 June 1924
Died17 August 2018(2018-08-17) (aged 94)
Tehran, Iran
Years active1949–2016
Mina Entezami (m. 1946–2018)
Children3, including Majid
Signature of Ezzatolah Entezami.svg

Ezzatolah Entezami (Persian: عزت‌الله انتظامی‎, 21 June 1924 – 17 August 2018) was an Iranian actor.


Ezzatolah Entezami started his career on stage in 1941 and graduated from theatre and cinema school in Hanover, Germany in 1958. He has been acting in movies since 1969. His debut performance in Darius Mehrjui’s film, The Cow, received the Silver 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.

Entezami was known as one of the most prominent actors in Iranian cinema and has been labeled as the greatest actor in the history of the cinema of Iran. He 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 was 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[edit]

  • 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
  • Jafar 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
Entezami in Dayere-e Mina
  • The Punishment Committee, 1998
  • The Mix (guest star)
  • The Dark Room
  • Twilight, 2001
  • A House Built on Water, 2001
  • A Place to Live, 2003
  • Order, 2004
  • Stars, 2005
  • Colors of Memory, 2007

Personal life[edit]

His son, Majid Entezami is an Iranian film score composer.


  1. ^ بزرگداشت عزت الله انتظامی در پاریس (in Persian). Retrieved 28 April 2007.

External links[edit]

  • Ezzatolah Entezami on IMDb
  • An interview with Ezzatollah Entezami in connection with the recently produced biopic "... and the Blue Sky", directed by Ghazaleh Soltani and produced by Ghasem Gholipour, Mehr News Agency, 21 November 2010, [1] (in Persian). Photo reportage of the interview: [2].