Theatre actor and director (b. 1936 in Istanbul - d. 28 January 2017, in İstanbul). After graduating from Robert College where he started his first theatrical works, he went to USA and studied in Yale University’s Department of Theatre (1955-57). He became a student of Lee Strasberg in Actors Studio (1957-59).
He played the leading role in Kafka’s work “Cemetery Guard” whose first premiere was being realized (1958). Upon his return to Istanbul he got on the stage of Istanbul Urban Theatres with his leading role in Hamlet directed by Muhsin Ertuğrul (1959).
Later he took the stage at Dormen Theatre and Küçük Sahne. In 1962 he married the theatre actress Gülriz Sururi and the same year they built their own group in Küçük Sahne under the name of Gülriz Sururi-Engin Cezzar. This new group started to work in October 1962 in Küçük Sahne on the play called Tütün Yolu adapted from a novel of Erskino Caldvvell.
Cezzar after this always took part in this group. In 1964 he directed and played the leading role of Keşanlı Ali Destanı which was the first Turkish epic play and within the same year he went to Germany on a tour. He gave lectures of theatre in Theatre Education Studio established by him in 1983. 1967.İlhan İskender Award
PLAYS IN WHICH HE ACTED:
Tütün Yolu (E. Caldwell),
Midasın Kulaklarında (Güngör Dilmen),
Teneke (Yaşar Kemal),
Ferhat ile Şirin (Nazım Hikmet),
Canlı Maymun Lokantası (Güngör Dilmen).
PLAYS DIRECTED BY HIM:
Budala (Fyodor Dostoyevski, 1990),
Yedi Kadın (Barbara Schottenfeld, 1992),
Kadı (Ülkü Tamer, 1996),
Bir Şehnaz Oyun (Turgut Özakman, 1998),
Ayşe Opereti (Muhlis Sabahattin, 2005).
MOVIES IN WHICH HE ACTED:
Bay Alkolü Takdimimdir (1981),
Keşanlı Ali Destanı (1988),
Kaldırım Serçesi (1989),
Hızır Bey (2000),
Abdülhamit Düşerken (2002),
Sağır Oda (2006).
REFERENCE: Mustafa N. Özön - Baha Dürder / Türk Tiyatrosu Ansiklopedisi (1967), Niyazi Akı / Çağdaş Türk Tiyatrosuna Toplu Bakış / 1923-1967 (1968), Metin And / Meşrutiyet Dönemi Türk Tiyatrosu 1908-1928 (1971), Türkiye Ansiklopedisi (c. 2, s. 679, 1974), Metin And / Cumhuriyet Dönemi Türk Tiyatrosu (1983), Büyük Larousse (c. 4, s. 2310, 1986), Ana Britannica (c. 5, s. 501, 1987), İzzettin Çalışlar / Engin Cezzar’ı Takdimimdir (2005), İhsan Işık / Ünlü Sanatçılar (Türkiye Ünlüleri Ansiklopedisi, C. 5, 2013) - Encyclopedia of Turkey’s Famous People (2013), Engin Cezzar hayatını kaybetti (hurriyet.com.tr, 28.01.2017).