Akbar Abdi

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Akbar Abdi
Opening ceremony of 33th Fajr International Film Festival-34.jpg
Born (1960-08-26) 26 August 1960 (age 59)
Years active1983–present
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
AwardsOrder of Culture and Art.png Order of Culture and Art (1st Class)[1]

Akbar Abdi (Persian: اکبر عبدی‎, born 26 August 1960 in Tehran, Iran) is an Iranian actor and comedian.[2] Akbar Abdi first became known through a children TV series ("I am late again for school"). Abdi is of Iranian Azerbaijani descent from Ardabil.[3]

He began his career in 1981 with the children’s TV series “The Traffic Neighborhood”, directed by Dariush Moadebian, he was dubbed “the man with a thousand faces of Iranian cinema” for the broad array of comedy roles he played during the 1980s. His main credits include “The Actor”, “Delshodegan” and “The Snowman", he also acted in the film "Ejareh-Nesheenha" (The Tenants).[4]

Abdi went through Kidney transplant in June 2016,[5] he has been criticized for anti-Semitic remarks.[6]



  1. ^ نشان‌های دولتی در روزهای پایانی خاتمی و احمدی‌نژاد به چه‌کسانی رسید؟. Tasnim News Agency (in Persian). 24 August 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  2. ^ Wright, Robin B. (2000). The last great revolution: turmoil and transformation in Iran. Alfred A. Knopf. p. 117. ISBN 978-0-375-40639-3. Akbar Abdi is Iran's greatest comedic actor
  3. ^ http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13941008000571
  4. ^ "IAF to Review Akbar Abdi's Best Films". Financial Tribune. June 19, 2017.
  5. ^ "Comedy king Akbar Abdi undergoes kidney transplant". Tehran Times. July 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "Activists campaign against visit of anti-Semitic Iranian comedian". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. March 11, 2015.

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