Iranian director Iraj Ghaderi dies
Veteran actor, scenarist, and director Iraj Ghaderi died Sunday morning at Mehrdad Hospital in Tehran, sources reported. He was suffering from lung disease and had been in coma for days before his passing. He was 76 years old.
Ghaderi was a household name in Iranian cinema. He started his movie career as an actor in 1955 with Khachikian’s film “Chaharrah e Havades.” He appeared in more than 40 films until the early years of the Islamic Revolution, including “Shahrag,” “Atash,” “Taraj” and “Barzakhiha.” He was banned from making films and appearing in them in 1984 by the authorities. The ban was lifted 10 years later when he was granted the permit to produce and direct his comeback movie “Mikhaham Zende Bemanam” (I Want to Live). He then went on to direct 10 more films and appear in a few of them. He made his last film “Shabakeh” in 2010.