List of Famous people born in Syria

Bashar al-Assad

First Name Bashar
Last Name Al-Assad
Born on September 11, 1965 (age 57)

Bashar Hafez al-Assad is a Syrian politician who has been the 19th president of Syria since 17 July 2000. In addition, he is the commander-in-chief of the Syrian Armed Forces and regional secretary of the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party's branch in Syria. His father, Hafez al-Assad, was the president of Syria before him, serving from 1971 to 2000.

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Avraam Russo

First Name Avraam
Born on July 21, 1969 (age 53)

Avraam Russo is a Syrian-born Russian pop singer of Armenian origin. In 2006 he suffered an assassination attempt in Russia and was severely injured. He recovered and moved to New York City.

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Sabah Fakhri

First Name Sabah
Last Name Fakhri
Born on May 2, 1933 (age 89)

Sabah Abu Qaws, also known as Sabah Fakhri, is an iconic Syrian tenor singer from Aleppo.

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Zenobia

בת זבי
Born on November 30, 0239
Died on January 1, 0275 (aged 35)

Septimia Zenobia was a third-century queen of the Palmyrene Empire in Syria. Many legends surround her ancestry; she was probably not a commoner and she married the ruler of the city, Odaenathus. Her husband became king in 260, elevating Palmyra to supreme power in the Near East by defeating the Sassanians and stabilizing the Roman East. After Odaenathus' assassination, Zenobia became the regent of her son Vaballathus and held de facto power throughout his reign.

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Yazid I

First Name Yazid
Last Name I
Born on November 30, 0645
Died on November 14, 0683 (aged 37)

Yazid ibn Mu'awiya ibn Abi Sufyan, commonly known as Yazid I, was the second caliph of the Umayyad Caliphate. He ruled for three years from 680 until his death in 683. His appointment was the first hereditary succession in Islamic history. His Caliphate was marked by the death of Muhammad's grandson Husayn ibn Ali as well as the start of the crisis known as the Second Fitna.

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Nizar Qabbani

First Name Nizar
Born on March 21, 1923
Died on April 30, 1998 (aged 75)

Nizar Tawfiq Qabbani was a Syrian diplomat, poet, writer and publisher. His poetic style combines simplicity and elegance in exploring themes of love, eroticism, feminism, religion, and Arab nationalism. Qabbani is one of the most revered contemporary poets in the Arab world, and is considered to be Syria's National Poet.

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Assala Nasri

أصالة مصطفى حاتم نصري
First Name Assala
Born on May 15, 1969 (age 53)

Assala Mostafa Hatem Nasri, commonly known as Assala, is a Syrian musical artist. She is one of the most popular and famous Arab singers.

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Ayman Zeidan

First Name Ayman
Last Name Zeidan
Born on September 1, 1956 (age 66)

Ayman Zeidan is an award-winning Syrian TV presenter, comedian, voice actor and actor of film, television, and theater. Zeidan has starred in several notable television series and shows, and gained much success in sitcoms. Zeidan is also a regular theater actor. Additionally, Zeidan has had a few film and radio voice-over roles. Zeidan hosted the Abu Dhabi TV game show, Waznak Dahab, and helped popularize the show.

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George Wassouf

First Name George
Last Name Wassouf
Born on December 23, 1961 (age 61)

George Wassouf is a Syrian singer. In a career spanning more than four decades, he has released more than 30 albums. With a significantly large audience of fans in Lebanon, Syria, throughout the Arab world and abroad, he is one of the most successful Arab singers selling over 60 million records worldwide.

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Soraya Tarzi

First Name Soraya
Last Name Tarzi
Born on November 24, 1899
Died on April 20, 1968 (aged 68)

Soraya Tarzi, also known as Suraiya Shahzada Khanum, was the first Queen consort of Afghanistan in the early 20th century and the wife of King Amanullah Khan. Born in Syria, she was educated by her father, who was the Afghan leader and intellectual Sardar Mahmud Beg Tarzi. She belonged to the Mohammadzai Pashtun tribe, a sub-tribe of the Barakzai dynasty.

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Muna Wassef

First Name Muna
Last Name Wassef
Born on February 9, 1942 (age 81)

Muna Wassef is a Syrian stage, film and television actress. She was born on 1 February 1942, as Muna Mustafa Wassef Jelmran. She is also a United Nations Goodwill ambassador. Wassef is an icon in the Arab world and the Middle East. Wassef had become the highest-paid actress in the Arab World since the end of the 1970s until the year 2000; now she is one of the highest-paid actresses. Wassef is the first Syrian woman to receive the Syrian Order of Civil Merit-Excellent Degree in 2009.

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Yusra Mardini

First Name Yusra
Born on March 5, 1998 (age 25)
Height 168 cm | 5'6

Yusra Mardini is a Syrian swimmer currently living in Hamburg, Germany. She was a member of the Refugee Olympic Athletes Team (ROT), that competed under the Olympic flag at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. On 27 April 2017, Mardini was appointed a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador.

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Nesreen Tafesh

نسرين يوسف محمد طافش
First Name Nesreen
Born on February 15, 1982 (age 41)

Nesreen Tafesh is a Syrian actress and singer of Palestinian and Algerian descent.

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Amin al-Hafiz

First Name Amin
Last Name Al-Hafiz
Born on November 12, 1921
Died on December 17, 2009 (aged 88)

Amin al-Hafiz was a Syrian politician, general, and member of the Ba'ath Party who served as the President of Syria from 27 July 1963 to 23 February 1966.

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Bassam Kousa

First Name Bassam
Last Name Kousa
Born on November 7, 1954 (age 68)

Bassam Kousa is a Syrian film and TV actor. He played many important roles in popular TV series including Bab al-Hara and Old Times. He is also an accomplished film actor.

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Khaled Asaad

First Name Khaled
Last Name Asaad
Born on January 1, 1932
Died on August 18, 2015 (aged 83)

Khaled al-Asaad was a Syrian archaeologist and the head of antiquities at the ancient city of Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. He held this position for over 40 years. Al-Asaad was publicly beheaded by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on 18 August 2015, at the age of eighty three.

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Kosai Khauli

First Name Kosai
Last Name Khauli
Born on April 1, 1976 (age 47)
Born in Syria

Kosai Khauli is a Syrian actor. He is a Maronite. He portrayed the king of Egypt Ismai’il Pasha in the 2014 historic TV drama Saraya Abdeen which was aired on MBC in 2014.

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Mohed Altrad

Mohamed Altrad
First Name Mohed
Born on November 30, 1950 (age 72)
Net Worth $3.4B

Mohed Altrad is a French-Syrian billionaire businessman, rugby chairman and writer, born c. March 1948. He was born to a very young mother and his Bedouin father gave him away to his grandparents at age four following his mother's death. In 2015, Altrad was named Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year.

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Duraid Lahham

First Name Duraid
Last Name Lahham

Duraid Lahham is a leading Syrian comedian and director born 1934 in Damascus, Syria. He is famous for acting the role of "Ghawwar" in a number of movies and series. His co-star throughout his career was Nihad Qali who played the role of "Husni".

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Mahmoud Dahoud

First Name Mahmoud
Last Name Dahoud
Born on January 1, 1996 (age 27)
Height 177 cm | 5'10

Mahmoud Dahoud is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and the Germany national team.

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