The Chain Gang of 1974

by Manila on December 11, 2017

Birth Name: Kamtin Karimi Mohager

Place of Birth: San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States

Date of Birth: July 31, 1985

Ethnicity: Iranian

The Chain Gang of 1974 is the indietronica project of American musician and DJ, Kamtin Mohager.

Kamtin’s parents, Minoo (Ghadami) and Kamran Karimi Mohager, moved out of Iran two years prior to the Iranian Revolution.


Kamtin’s birth record –


Abbas Kiarostami

by andrew on November 28, 2017

Birth Name: عباس کیارستمی

Date of Birth: 22 June, 1940

Place of Birth: Teheran, Iran

Date of Death: 4 July, 2016

Place of Death: Paris, France

Ethnicity: Iranian

Abbas Kiarostami was an Iranian film director, screenwriter, poet, photographer, and film producer. His son, Bahman Kiarostami, is also a director, cinematographer, editor, and producer.

Photo by Denis Makarenko/


David Dastmalchian

by madman on November 21, 2017

David Dastmalchian – “The Promise” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – TCL Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Boulevard – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit:

Place of Birth: possibly Kansas, United States

Date of Birth: July 21, 1977

Ethnicity: Iranian, German, English, Italian, Irish, distant French

David Dastmalchian is an American actor. He is the son of Pamela Lynn “Pam” (Erie) and Hossein M. Dastmalchian.

He has said:

I have Irish, English, Iranian, Italian, and on and on and on… I believe actually a very small amount! [of French ancestry]… imho we’re all pretty much distant cousins…

David’s surname appears to be an Iranian surname, Dastmalchi, spelled with an Armenian surname suffix.

David’s maternal grandfather was Carl Andrew Erie (the son of Andrew Michael Erie and Mary Jane Mitchell). Andrew was the son of Peter Andrew Erie and Elizabeth Jane Schmitt, who were born in Illinois, both of them to German parents. Mary Jane was the daughter of James Marshal Mitchell and Bell/Belle.

David’s maternal grandmother is Pattie “Pat” Hunter (the daughter of Lloyd Hunter and Mildred).

Sources: Obituary of David’s maternal grandfather, Carl Andrew Erie –

David’s maternal great-grandfather, Andrew Michael Erie, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

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Wafah Dufour

by madman on October 23, 2017

Birth Name: Wafah Y. Bin Ladin

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: May 23, 1975

*50% Iranian (Persian)
*25% Hadhrami Yemenite
*25% Swiss-French

Wafah Dufour is an American singer, songwriter, socialite, and model. Wafah is the son of Carmen (Dufour), a writer, and Yeslam bin Ladin, a businessman. Her father’s half-brother was terrorist Osama bin Laden.

Wafah’s father was born in Saudi Arabia, to a Yemenite father and an Iranian mother. Her mother was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, to a Swiss father and an Iranian mother.

Wafah’s paternal grandparents were Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden (the son of Awad bin Aboud bin Laden) and Rabab Haguigui. Mohammed was born in Rubat, Yemen, and was from an ethnic Hadhrami family. Rabab was Iranian.

Wafah’s maternal grandparents’ surnames were Dufour and Mirdoht-Sheybani.

Photo by Prphotos


Sara Racey-Tabrizi

by stlucas on October 11, 2017

Sara Racey-Tabrizi – 2004 Maxim Hot 100 Party – Arrivals – Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas, NV, USA – Photo Credit: Lee Roth / RothStock / PR Photos

Birth Name: Sara Louise Tabrizi

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: September 27, 1980

*Iranian (father)
*English, German, possibly other (mother)

Sara Racey-Tabrizi is an American model. Sara is known for being a contestant on the second season of America’s Next Top Model.

Sara is the daughter of Laura L. (Racey) Bonney and Massoud T. Tabrizi. Sara’s mother is American, and has English, German, and possibly other, ancestry. Sara’s father is from Iran. Sara was raised in Seattle, Washington.

Sara has stated:

Well, I am half Persian from my father’s side and my mother is American (Nebraska!) My mother lived in Iran for two years before and during the revolution in 1980 and both she and my father escaped and came to L.A., where I was born. I eventually grew up in Seattle, Washington with my mom and from there, went to school, graduated from college and came to New York!

Sara’s maternal grandfather was Marvin Dennis Racey (the son of Alfred Henry Racey/Rase and LeNeve Sophia Dennis). Alfred was born in Canada, the son of Herman Racey/Rase and Anna Soeder, who were of German descent. LeNeve was the daughter of Ransom Matthew Dennis and Malvia Mary Bennett.

Sources: Birth record of Sara Racey-Tabrizi –

Obituary of Sara’s maternal grandfather, Marvin Dennis Racey –

Obituary of Sara’s maternal great-aunt (grandfather’s sister), Beverly LeNeve (Racey/Rase) Selvy –