Mehran Nasseri, the Iranian refugee who inspired the film The Terminal with Tom Hanks, has died

Mehran Karimi Nasseri, the Iranian refugee who lived for 18 years at Paris’ Charles De Gaulle airport and inspired the film “The Terminal”, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks, is dead. He was 80 years old.

Author: Elisabetta Murina

Is dead Mehran Karimi Nasseri, the Iranian political refugee who inspired Steven Spielberg for his film The terminal🇧🇷 The man lived more than 18 years at the Paris airport Charles de Gaulle and it is there that today, the 12th of November, he died at the age of 80.

The Story of Mehran Karimi Nasseri

Born in Masjed Soleiman, in the Iranian province of Kuzestan, known by the nickname of “Mr Alfred”, Nasseri transforms Paris airport in your “House”🇧🇷 He arrived at the French airport in November 1988, after a long pilgrimage in search of his mother, first in London, then in Berlin and Amsterdam. Each time, however, the local authorities send him out of the country because he does not have regular documents.

In 1999 he obtained the refugee status in France and a residence permit, but refuses to sign the documents claiming it wasn’t his name, perhaps in a confused state of stress. “Now my name is Sir Alfred Merhan and I’m not Iranian”, he had stated at the time. the man continued to live in Terminal 1 of the airport until 2006, when he was hospitalized for food poisoning. Released a few months later, he was transferred to a homeless shelter in Emmaus. With the accumulated savings, he then lives in a hotel, until he returns to the airport where he died today, November 12, at the age of 80.

The movie “The Terminal” with Tom Hanks inspired by his life

Nasseri has become a familiar face to airport officials and his story over the years has attracted the interest of the press, television and even film. The great director Steven Spielberg is also interested in his life who, based on its events, made the movie The Terminal in 2004. The protagonist, who then plays Nasseri, is Tom Hanks.

Source: Fan Page IT