In the history of Iranian cinema, one name stands out as the most popular, the most celebrated and by far the most soughtafter actor of his day: Behrooz Voshooughi. Vossoughi is an actor whose popularity cuts across class, cultural and social boundaries of his society. With over 90 films in his past, he has set the standard for acting for generations of Iranian actors to come. Behrooz Vossoughi was the superstar of Iranian cinema and the first choice of actors for the directors of his day until the 1979 Islamic Revolution. After the great upheaval, he, alongside many in his profession, was forced into exile and eventually found his way to the United States. It was not easy finding himself in a new land surrounded by an unfamiliar language and Vossoughi was not willing to compromise his talent and pride to accept roles that he saw as demeaning or stereotypical. Vossoughi, unlike many of his colleagues, chose silence as a way to safeguard his pride and legacy.
The absence of a great actor such as Vossoughi in today's Iranian cinema has many political,
historical and social reasons all of which signal a huge blow to Iranian culture and cultural
production. He continues to be a major figure in Iranian cinema, although he has not played in
any films of his native land for the past thirty years.