Khosrow Shakibai

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خسرو شکیبایی
Khosrow Shakibā'í
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Khosrow Shakibā'í
Born (1944-03-27)March 27, 1944
Tehran, Iran
Died July 18, 2008(2008-07-18) (aged 64)
Tehran, Iran
Occupation Actor
Years active 1981–2008

Khosrow Shakibā'í or Khosro Shakibaei (March 27, 1944, Tehran, Iran – July 18, 2008, Tehran) (Persian: خسرو شکیبایی‎‎) was a Iranian stage and cinema actor. He ranks amongst the most accomplished actors of his generation. Khosrow Shakibai was born to Colonel Ahmad Shakibāi and Ms Farideh Khātami. 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. Shakibā'í 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 played also in some major television series. He won a Crystal Phoenix for Kimiā (The Philosopher's Stone) (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 Tānyā Joharí he has one daughter named Poupak, and from his second marriage with Parvin Koush'yār one son named Pouria.


Khosrow Shakibai died at 6 am on July 18, 2008, of liver cancer in Pārsiān 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 (Tālār-e Vahdat), Hafez Street, in Tehran.

Shakibai's feature films

  • Khatt-e Ghermez (The Red Line), directed by Masud Kimiai, 1981 (1360 AH)
  • Dād'shāh, directed by Habib Kavosh, 1983 (1362 AH)
  • Sāegheh (Thunderbolt), directed by Zia-od-Din Dari, 1984 (1363 AH)
  • Rābeteh (The Rapport), directed by Pouran Derakhshandeh, 1986 (1365 AH)
  • Dozd va Nevisandeh (The Thief and the Writer), directed by Kāzem Ma'sumi, 1986 (1365 AH)
  • Shekar (The Hunt, Hunting), directed by Majid Javānmard, 1987 (1366 AH)
  • Tran (The Train), directed by Amir Ghavi'del, 1987 (1366 AH)
  • Obur az Ghobār (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 Sabbagh'zādeh, 1990 (1369 AH)
  • Eblis (The Satan), directed by Ahmad-Reza Darvish, 1990 (1369 AH)
  • Bānu (The Lady), directed by Dariush Mehrjoui, 1991 (1370 AH) (released in 1998)
  • Yek Bar baraye Hamishe (Once and for Ever), Sirus Alvand, 1992 (1371 AH)
  • Sārā (Sara), directed by Dariush Mehrjoui, 1992 (1371 AH)
  • Parvaz rā be Khater Besepar (Remember the Flying), Hamid Rakhshāni, 1992 (1371 AH)
  • Blof (Bluff), directed by Samuel Khāchekiān, 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 Zhakān, 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 Daei 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)
  • Kāghaz-e bi Khatt (Unruled Paper), directed by Naser Taghvai, 2001 (1380 AH)
  • Asiri (Ethereal), directed by Mohammd-Ali Sajjādi, 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 Sabā, 2005 (1384 AH)
  • Pishnehād-e Panj Meluni (The Five-Million [Dollar] Proposition), directed by Fereydoun Jayrani, 2005 (1384 AH)
  • Setareha (The Stars), directed by Fereydoun Jayrani, 2005 (1384 AH)
  • Dastha-ye Khali (The Empty Hands), directed by Abol-Ghāsem Tālebi, 2006 (1385 AH)
  • Otobus-e Shab (The Night Bus), directed by Kiumars Pourahmad, 2006 (1385 AH)
  • Raeis (The Boss), directed by Masoud Kimiai, 2006 (1385 AH)
  • Shab (The Night)
  • Emrooz na Farda (Today and Not Tomorrow), directed by Fereydoun Jayrani, 2008 (1387 AH)
  • Del Shekasteh (Broken-hearted), directed by Ali Ru'in'tan, 2008 (1387 AH)

Some television series/productions in which Shakibai performed

  • Roozi Roozegari (Once Upon A Time), directed by Amro'llah Ahmadjou, 1989 (1368 AH)
  • Modarres (The Teacher), ???, ???
  • Khaneh-ye Sabz (The Green House), directed by Bijan Bi'rang and Masoud Resām, 1996 (1375 AH)
  • Kaktus (Cactus), directed by Mohammd-Reza Honarmand, 1998 (1377 AH)
  • Tofange Sar-por (The Charged Rifle), directed by Amro'llah Ahmadjou, 1999/2000 (1378/1379 AH)
  • Dar Kenar-e Ham (Being Together), directed by Fat'h-Ali Oveisi, 2002 (1381 AH)
  • Sarzamin-e Sabz (The Green Country), directed by Bijan Bi'rang and Masoud Resām, 1997 (1376 AH)
  • Miras (Inheritance), directed by Mohammad-Hossein Zeyn'ali, 2007 (1386 AH)
  • Sheikh Bahai (see Sheykh Bahaee, aka Baha' al-Din al-'Amili), directed by Shahrām Asadi, 2008 (1387 AH)

Recorded readings of poetry by Shakibai

  • Nāmeh-hā (The Letters), poems by Sayyed-Ali Sālehi
  • Sedaye paye ab ( The sound of the water's foodsteps ), poems by Sohrab Sepehri
  • Neshāni-hā (The Addresses), poems by Sayyed-Ali Salehi|Sayyed-Ali Sālehi
  • Mehrabāni (Kindness), poems by Mohammad Reza Abdolmalekian
  • Hajm-e Sabz (The Green Volume), poems by Sohrab Sepehri
  • Pari Khāni (Reading the Angels[1]), poems by Forough Farrokhzad
  • Albom-e Sohrāb (Shohrab's Album), poems by Sohrab Sepehri
  1. A reference perhaps to "My Little Angle", Pari-ye Kuchak-e Man, in Farrokhzad's celebrated poem "Another Birth", Tavallodi Digar.

Awards and nominations


  • Crystal Simorgh at the 8th Fajr International Film Festival, 1989 (1368 AH), for his main role in Hamoun
  • Crystal Simorgh at the 13th Fajr International Film Festival, 1993 (1373 AH), for his main role in Kimiā (The Philosopher's Stone)
  • Golden Tablet by the Iran Actor Site, 2003 (1382 AH), the 3rd Series, for Kāghaz-e bi Khatt (Unruled Paper)
  • Crystal Simorgh at the 23rd Fajr International Film Festival, 2004 (1383 AH), for his supporting role in Sālād-e Fasl (The Garden Salad)
  • Certificate of Honour at the 25th Fajr International Film Festival, 2006 (1385 AH), for his main role in Otobus-e Shab (The Night Bus)
  • Second best Actor in the category of men, for Kāghaz-e bi Khatt (Unruled Paper), during the 17th sequence, 2002 (1381 AH), by Writers and Critics


  • Crystal Simorgh at the 11th Fajr International Film Festival, 1992 (1371 AH), for his main role in Yek'bār Barāy-e Hamisheh (Once and for Ever)
  • Crystal Simorgh at the 15th Fajr International Film Festival, 1996 (1375 AH), for his main role in Sāyeh be Sāyeh (In Close Pursuit)
  • Crystal Simorgh at the 20th Fajr International Film Festival, 2001 (1380 AH), for his main role in Kāghaz-e bi Khatt (Unruled Paper)
  • Golden Tablet by the Iran Actor Site, 2005 (1384 AH), the 6th Series, for Sālād-e Fasl (The Garden Salad)
  • Golden Tablet by the Iran Actor Site, 2005 (1384 AH), the 6th Series, for Hokm (The Verdict)
  • Golden Image (Tandis-e Zarrin), 2006 (1385 AH), for the best main role in the category of men in the feature film Che Kasi Amir rā Kosht? (Who Killed Amir?)

See also


  • Kosrow Shakibā'i, in Persian, Persian Wikipedia.
  • Kosrow Shakibā'i, in Persian, a concise artistic biography of Kosrow Shakibā'i, IranAct.
  • Parviz Jāhed, Bāzi tamām shodeh ast (The Play is Over), in Persian, Radio Zamāneh, July 19, 2008. [1].
  • The body of Kosrow Shakibā'i is laid to rest (Paykar-e Kosrow Shakibā'i Tash'ee Shod), in Persian, Jām-e Jam, July 20, 2008, [2].
  • Kosrow Shakibā'i from Vahdat Hall to the Eternal House (Kosrow Shakibā'i az Tālār-e Vahdat tā Khāneh-ye Abadi), in Persian, Jām-e Jam, July 20, 2008, [3].

External links

  • Khosro Shakibai at The Internet Movie Database.
  • Kosrow Shakibā'i Died, in Persian, Āftāb, July 18, 2008, [4].
  • Kosrow Shakibā'i Died, in Persian, Radio Zamaneh, July 18, 2008, [5].
  • Kosrow Shakibā'i Died, in Persian, BBC Persian, July 18, 2008, [6].
  • Reminiscences of some prominent film directors of artists, in Persian, ISNA, July 18, 2008, [7].
  • A gallery of twenty-two photographs of Kosrow Shakibā'i: Fars News Agency.
  • Two short excerpts, consisting of monologues of Kosrow Shakibā'i, of the motion picture Who Killed Amir? (Che Kasi Amir rā Kosht?) (2006) directed by Mehdi Karampour, YouTube: Part 1 on YouTube (2 min 46 sec), Part 2 on YouTube (6 min 22 sec).
  • Kosrow Shakibā'i reads Forough Farrokhzad's Negāh Kon (Look On!), YouTube: Video on YouTube (the initial 3 min 40 sec).
  • Shahāb Mirzāi, Hamid Hamoun Has Died, in Persian, Jadid Online, 2008, [8].
    Akbar talking in Who Killed Amir?, Jadid Online, 2008: [9] (1 min 58 sec).