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Khosrow Shakibai


Khosrow Shakibai (born on March 27, 1944, Tehran, Iran) was a celebrated Iranian stage and cinema actor. He ranks amongst the most accomplished of actors of his generation. Khosrow Shakibai was born to Colonel Ahmad Shakibai and Ms Farideh Khatami.






His father, who was an army Colonel, died from cancer when Khosrow (called Mahmoud by family and close friends) was only fourteen. Khosrow studied acting at Faculty of Fine Arts of University of Tehran.






He began his stage career in 1963 and branched out his activities into film dubbing in 1968. Shakibai initiated his film acting in 1982 with Khatt-e Ghermez (The Red Line), directed by Masoud Kimiai. He had played in seven feature films when the film director Dariush Mehrjui offered him the title role of Hamoun, a film that over time has achieved a cult status. Shakibai’s performance in Hamoun marked a turning point in his career.






He received a Crystal Simorgh at Fajr International Film Festival for his portrayal of Hamoun, a literary intellectual who gradually loses his touch with reality and becomes entrapped into an obsessive and destructive conflict with his estranged wife whom he deeply loves. Shakibai also played in some major television series. He won a Crystal Phoenix for Kimia (The Philosopher’s Stone in 1994) directed by Ahmad-Reza Darvish.






Shakibai found also a considerable following for his voice, brought about through publication of the recordings of his readings of poems by such luminaries of the modern Persian poetry as Forough Farrokhzad and Sohrab Sepehri. Shakibai is credited for helping to raise the stature of performing arts in Iran by the end of the 1980s, when the authorities in charge tended to neglect this area of cultural activities. He married twice. From his first marriage with the actress Tanya Johari, he has one daughter named Poupak, and from his second marriage with Parvin Koushyar one son named Pouria.
Shakibai’s feature films
Khatt-e Ghermez (The Red Line), directed by Masud Kimiai, 1981 (1360 AH), Dadshah, directed by Habib Kavosh, 1983 (1362 AH), Saegheh (Thunderbolt), directed by Zia-od-Din Dari, 1984 (1363 AH), Rabeteh (The Rapport), directed by Pouran Derakhshandeh, 1986 (1365 AH), Dozd va Nevisandeh (The Thief and the Writer), directed by Kazem Masumi, 1986 (1365 AH), Shekar (The Hunt, Hunting), directed by Majid Javanmard, 1987 (1366 AH), Tran (The Train), directed by Amir Ghavidel, 1987 (1366 AH),






Obur az Ghobar (Passing Through Dust), directed by Pouran Derakhshandeh, 1989 (1368 AH), Hamoun, directed by Dariush Mehrjoui, 1989 (1368 AH), Jost-o-jou dar Jazareh (Search-and-Exploration on the Island), directed by Mehdi Sabbaghzadeh, 1990 (1369 AH), Eblis (The Satan), directed by Ahmad-Reza Darvish, 1990 (1369 AH), Banu (The Lady), directed by Dariush Mehrjoui, 1991 (1370 AH) (released in 1998), Yek-bar baray-e Hamisheh (Once and for Ever), Sirus Alvand, 1992 (1371 AH), Sara (Sara), directed by Dariush Mehrjoui, 1992 (1371 AH), Parvaz ra be Khater Besepar (Remember the Flying), Hamid Rakhshani, 1992 (1371 AH), Blof (Bluff), directed by Samuel Khachekian, 1993 (1372 AH), Kimia (The Philosopher’s Stone), directed by Ahmad-Reza Darvish, 1994 (1373 AH), Pari, directed by Dariush Mehrjoui, 1994 (1373 AH), Dard-e Moshtarak (The Shared Agony), directed by Yasamin Malek Nasr, 1994 (1373 AH), Khaharan-e Gharib (The Estranged Sisters), directed by Kiumars Pourahmad, 1995 (1374 AH), Asheqaneh (Amorously), directed by Ali-Reza Davoudnejad,1995 (1374 AH), Sayeh be Sayeh (In Close Pursuit), directed by Ali Zhakan, 1995 (1374 AH),






Sar Zamin-e Khorshid (The Land of the Sun), directed by Ahmad-Reza Darvish, 1996 (1375 AH), Zendegi (The Life), directed by Asghar Hashemi, 1997 (1376 AH), Ravani (Psycho), directed by Dariush Farhang, 1997 (1376 AH), Mix (Mix), directed by Dariush Mehrjoui, 1999 (1378 AH), Eshgh-e Shisheh-i (The Vitreous Love), directed by Dariush Mehrjoui, 1999 (1378 AH), Dokhtar Daee-ye Gomshodeh (The Lost Niece), directed by Dariush Mehrjoui, 1999 (1378 AH), Yek Daastaan e Naagofte (An Untold Story), A Documentary directed by Hossein Khandan, 2000 (1379 AH), Dokhtari be Nam-e Tondar (A Girl Named Thunder), directed by Hamid-Reza Ashtianipour, 2000 (1379 AH), Mozahem (The Nuisance), directed by Sirus Alvand, 2001 (1380 AH), Lezhion (The Legion), directed by Zia-od-Din Dari, 2001 (1380 AH), Kaghaz-e bi Khatt (Unruled Paper), directed by Naser Taghvai, 2001 (1380 AH), Asiri (Ethereal), directed by Mohammd-Ali Sajjadi, 2001 (1380 AH),






Sobhaneh Baray-e Do Nafar (Breakfast for Two), directed by Mehdi Sabbaghzadeh, 2003 (1382 AH), Hokm (The Verdict), directed by Masud Kimiai, 2004 (1383 AH), Ezdevaj-e Sourati (The Superficial Marriage), directed by Manuchehr Masiri, 2004 (1383 AH), Salad-e Fasl (The Garden Salad), directed by Fereydoun Jayrani, 2004 (1383 AH), Che Kasi Amir ra Kosht? (Who Killed Amir?), directed by Mehdi Karampour, 2005 (1384 AH), Arousak-e Farangi (The European Doll), directed by Farhad Saba, 2005 (1384 AH), Pishnehad-e Panj Meluni (The Five-Million Dollar Proposition), directed by Fereydoun Jayrani, 2005 (1384 AH), Setareh-ha (The Stars), directed by Fereydoun Jayrani, 2005 (1384 AH), Dast-ha-ye Khali (The Empty Hands), directed by Abol-Ghasem Talebi, 2006 (1385 AH), Otobus-e Shab (The Night Bus), directed by Kiumars Pourahmad, 2006 (1385 AH), Raees (The Boss), directed by Masoud Kimiai, 2006 (1385 AH), Shab (The Night), Emruz na Farda (Today and Not Tomorrow), directed by Fereydoun Jayrani, 2008 (1387 AH), Del Shekasteh (Broken-hearted), directed by Ali Ruintan, 2008 (1387 AH).
Some television series/productions in which Shakibai performed
Ruzi Ruzegari (Some Day and Some Age), directed by Amrollah Ahmadjou, 1989 (1368 AH), Modarres (The Teacher),  Khaneh-ye Sabz (The Green House), directed by Bijan Birang and Masoud Resam, 1996 (1375 AH), Kaktus (Cactus), directed by Mohammd-Reza Honarmand, 1998 (1377 AH), Tofang-e Sar-por (The Charged Rifle), directed by Amrollah Ahmadjou, 1999/2000 (1378/1379 AH), Dar Kenar-e Ham (Being Together), directed by Fath-Ali Oveisi, 2002 (1381 AH), Sar-Zamin-e Sabz (The Green Country), directed by Bijan Birang and Masoud Resam, 2007 (1386 AH), Miras (Inheritance), directed by Mohammad-Hossein Zeynali, 2007 (1386 AH),Sheykh Bahaee, directed by Shahram Asadi, 2008 (1387 AH).
Recorded readings of poetry by Shakibai
Nameh-ha (The Letters)-poems by Sayyed-Ali Salehi, Sedaye paye ab (The sound of the water’s foodsteps )-poems by Sohrab Sepehri, Neshani-ha (The Addresses)-poems by Sayyed-Ali Salehi|Sayyed-Ali Salehi, Mehrabani (Kindness)-poems by Mohammad Reza Abdolmalekian, Hajm-e Sabz (The Green Volume)-poems by Sohrab Sepehri, Pari Khani (Reading the Angels)-poems by Forough Farrokhzad, Albom-e Sohrab (Shohrab’s Album)-poems by Sohrab Sepehri.
Awards and nominations
Crystal Phoenix at the 8th Fajr International Film Festival in 1989 (1368 AH) for his main role in Hamoun, Crystal Phoenix at the 13th Fajr International Film Festival in 1993 (1373 AH) for his main role in Kimia (The Philosopher’s Stone), Golden Tablet by the Iran Actor Site in 2003 (1382 AH) for Kaghaz-e bi Khatt (the 3rd Series of Unruled Paper), Crystal Phoenix at the 23rd Fajr International Film Festival in 2004 (1383 AH) for his supporting role in Salad-e Fasl (The Garden Salad), Certificate of Honor at the 25th Fajr International Film Festival in 2006 (1385 AH) for his main role in Otobus-e Shab (The Night Bus), The Second best Actor in men category for Kaghaz-e bi Khatt (Unruled Paper) during the 17th sequence in 2002 (1381 AH) by Writers and Critics.






Crystal Phoenix at the 11th Fajr International Film Festival in 1992 (1371 AH) for his main role in Yekbar Baray-e Hamisheh (Once and for Ever), Crystal Phoenix at the 15th Fajr International Film Festival in 1996 (1375 AH) for his main role in Sayeh be Sayeh (In Close Pursuit), Crystal Phoenix at the 20th Fajr International Film Festival in 2001 (1380 AH) for his main role in Kaghaz-e bi Khatt (Unruled Paper), Golden Tablet by the Iran Actor Site in 2005 (1384 AH) for Salad-e Fasl (the 6th Series of The Garden Salad), Golden Tablet by the Iran Actor Site in 2005 (1384 AH) for Hokm (the 6th Series of The Verdict), Golden Image (Tandis-e Zarrin) in 2006 (1385 AH) for the best main role in men category in the feature film Che Kasi Amir ra Kosht? (Who Killed Amir?)
End life of Khosrow Shakibai
Khosrow Shakibai died at 6 am on July 18, 2008, because of liver cancer in Parsian Hospital in Tehran. Earlier it had been reported that Shakibai’s death had been a consequence of his heart failure. It has further been reported that on October 5, 2007, Khosrow Shakibai had been admitted to a hospital for suffering from diabetes.






However on his explicit request the press had withheld this information from public. On Sunday, July 20, 2008, the body of Khosrow Shakibai was laid to rest in The Artists Section of Behesht-e Zahra Cemetery in Tehran. His funeral procession began at 9 am from Vahdat Hall (Talar-e Vahdat), Hafez Street, in Tehran.
God bless his soul.
Source: Wikipedia