Mehran Karimi Nasseri Dead: Iranian That Inspired ‘The Terminal’

Mehran Karimi Nasseri, an Iranian man whose time dwelling in Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport impressed the Steven Spielberg movie “The Terminal,” died of a coronary heart assault Saturday within the airport’s Terminal 2F.

His loss of life was confirmed by the Related Press, which wrote that police and medical professionals had been in the end unable to save lots of Nasseri. The report signifies that officers said that Nasseri had been dwelling within the airport once more in current weeks.

Nasseri, who additionally glided by the identify “Sir Alfred,” lived in Terminal 1 of Charles de Gaulle Airport. He first settled within the house in 1988 after Nice Britain refused him political asylum as a refugee, regardless of stating that he had a Scottish mom.

After declaring himself stateless, his residency within the airport turned a deliberate selection. Nasseri reportedly all the time saved his baggage by his aspect, spending time studying, writing diary entries and finding out economics. He first left the airport when he was hospitalized in 2006, 18 years after first settling within the terminal.

His unconventional state of affairs turned the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s 2004 movie “The Terminal,” starring Tom Hanks as an Japanese European man who resides in New York’s John F. Kennedy airport after being denied entry to the USA. In 2003, the New York Occasions reported that Spielberg had bought the rights to Nasseri’s life story via his manufacturing firm DreamWorks, paying roughly $250,000.

Nasseri additionally served because the inspiration for the 1993 French movie “Tombés du ciel,” starring Jean Rochefort. Launched internationally underneath the title “Misplaced in Transit,” the movie adopted a person who stayed in an airport for a number of days after dropping his passport. Past narrative movie, Nasseri was additionally the topic of quite a few documentaries and journalistic profiles.

Nasseri additionally wrote an autobiography titled “The Terminal Man,” printed in 2004.

Believed to have been born in 1945 within the Iranian metropolis of Masjed Soleiman, Nasseri was roughly 76 years of age upon his loss of life.