1967 (age 51–52)
Saman Arastoo (Persian: سامان ارسطو) is an Iranian actor and director born 1967 in Shahrud, Iran. He starred in the 2003 drama Abadan prior to gender transition, and directs plays regarding the acceptance of transgender people in Iranian society. His play Khodkar-é-Bikar (Useless Pen) features transgender characters played by transgender actors.
Arastoo describes his first marriage in 1991 as a "forced marriage" for which the divorce lasted one and a half years. He underwent sex reassignment surgeries at age 42 in 2008. He married again in 2015. Following wide publicity around his gender transition, Arastoo has been a public figure for the Iranian transgender community, including holding drama therapy workshops such as "Self Cognition". He founded the Avaye Divanegan Theatre Group in 1983.
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