Homayoun Ershadi in 2016
Ershadi was born in Isfahan, Iran in 1947. He studied architecture in Italy and worked as an architect for many years. He was "discovered" as an actor by acclaimed Iranian New Wave film director, Abbas Kiarostami. While Ershadi was sitting in his car in traffic in Tehran he was approached by Kiarostami and eventually chosen to play the leading role in the film, Taste of Cherry. As a non-professional actor, who started acting in his middle age, he has had immediate success in both cinema and television, with his expressionless, relaxed face and monotonous voice often giving his characters an intellectual personality. Ershadi won Sepanta Awards for best actor for short film in San Francisco.
- Ta'm-e gilas (Taste of Cherry), (1997)
- Derakht-e golabi (The Pear Tree), (1998)
- Mozahem (Disturbant), 2002
- Sima-ye zani dar doordast (in English, "Portrait of a Lady Far Away") (2005)
- Rang-e doost (in English, "Color of Friend") (2006)
- The Kite Runner, (2007) featuring Ershadi as Baba
- Aal (2008)
- Agora, (2009)
- Facing Mirrors (2011)
- Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
- A Most Wanted Man (2014)
- Utopia (2015)
- Ali and Nino (2016)
- The Last Inhabitant (2016)
- Lina (2017)
The short story Seeing Ershadi by Nicole Krauss was published in The New Yorker March 5, 2018. It is about a ballet dancer who watches a film featuring Ershadi and then becomes obsessed with his face.
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- The last inhabitant at National Cinema Center of Armenia
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