|Fardin, Mohamad Ali
Date of birth
7 April 1930, Tehran, Iran
Date of death
6 April 2000, Tehran, Iran
Mohamad Ali Fardin (April 7, 1930 - April 6, 2000)
Fardin was a former wrestling champion, winning the silver medal at the 1952 world freestyle wrestling championships in Tokyo.
Known by millions around the world as the "King of Hearts."
Best film & best actor prizes for his legendary film "Soltaneh Ghalbha" at First Iranian National Film Festival in 1969.
After the Iranian Revolution in 1979, he was able to act in only one film, The Damned, before being banished from the movies.
The most popular actor in Iranian cinema, his films became illegal after the revolution but they continue to circulate on video.
At his funeral, a crowd of over 20,000 mourners gathered to pay respects in central Tehran.
Fardin was a popular leading man in scores of movies and was given the title, King of Hearts after his lead role in an Iranian film of the same title.
He was a former wrestler who came to fame in the 1960s. For the average Iranians, he represented a hero and served as an alternative to the foreign movie stars.
He often played the poor tough guy with the heart of gold who got the girl at the end. His movies include, Gedayan-e Tehran, Ganj-e Gharoon, and Parvaz dar Asemanha.
After the 1979 Iranian Revolution, he starred in only one more film, and his earlier films were eventually banned. In later years, Mr Fardin ran a bakery shop in Tehran.
1980 Bar faraz-e asemanha
1968 Soltan ghalbha
1965 Khoshgele khoshgela
1965 Eshq va entegham
1962 Gorghaye gorosneh
Director - Selected filmography
Bar faraz-e asemanha (1980)
Ghasre Zarrin (1969)
King of the Hearts - Soltan ghalbha (1968)
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