and film actor (B. November 11th, 1944 Istanbul –D. July 3rd,
2000, Istanbul). Graduate of
Sunal started to take an interest in theater during his high school years and prepared shows at schools. In those years he played a role in a theater play called Zoraki Tabip. Through his philosophy teacher Belkıs Balkır at Vefa Lisesi he met with Müşfik Kenter. After working as a professional actor for the first time in Kenterler Theater he worked at Ulvi Uraz Theater for a long time and Ayfer Feray Theater for a short time and lastly at Devekuşu Kabare Theater. In a play he played at Devekuşu Kabare Theater, Ertem Eğilmez liked him very much and thus Sunal moved to cinema. The first role he played was a basketball player in the film Tatlı Dilim directed by Ertem Eğilmez in 1973 because of his tall figure. After that he started to play in films directed by Ertem Eğilmez with big casts.
Turkish cinema, primarily with his İnek
Şaban typecasting, his distinct figure and because the public accepted and
felt close to the characters he played, he became one of the most loved
comedians of Turkey. Because the public loved İnek Şaban, he played the role of Şaban in many films. He married in 1974. He had two children called
Ali and Ezo. Sunal received the Best Male Actor award in Antalya Film Festival
in 1977 with the film Kapıcılar Kralı
and was chosen by Cinema Authors’ Association (SİYAD) as the best male actor in
Tatlı Dillim (1972), Canım Kardeşim (1973), Güllü Geliyor Güllü (1973), Oh Olsun (1973), Yalancı Yarim (1973), Hasret (1974), Köyden İndim Şehire (1974), Mavi Boncuk (1974), Salak Milyoner (1974), Salako (1974), Hababam Sınıfı (1975), Hanzo (1975), Şaşkın Damat (1975), Tosun Paşa (1976), Hababam Sınıfı Sınıfta Kaldı (1976), Kapıcılar Kralı (1976), Meraklı Köfteci (1976), Sahte Kabadayı (1976), Süt Kardeşler (1976), Şabanoğlu Şaban (1977), Çöpçüler Kralı (1977), Hababam Sınıfı Uyanıyor (1977), İbo ile Güllüşah (1977), Sakar Şakir (1977), Kibar Feyzo (1978), Hababam Sınıfı Tatilde (1978), Avanak Abdi (1978), İnek Şaban (1978), İyi Aile Çocuğu (1978), Köşeyi Dönen Adam (1978), Yüz Numaralı Adam (1978), Bekçiler Kralı (1979), Dokunmayın Şabanıma (1979), Korkusuz Korkak (1979), Şark Bülbülü (1979), Umudumuz Şaban (1979), Devlet Kuşu (1980), Gerzek Şaban (1980), Zübük (1980), Gol Kralı (1981), Davaro (1981), Kanlı Nigar (1981), Üç Kâğıtçı (1981), Doktor Civanım (1982), Yedi Bela Hüsnü (1982), Çarıklı Milyoner (1983), En Büyük Şaban (1983), Kılıbık (1983), Tokatçı (1983), Atla Gel Şaban (1984), Ortadirek Şaban (1984), Postacı (1984), Şabaniye (1984), Gurbetçi Şaban (1985), Katma Değer Şaban (1985), Keriz (1985), Şen Dul Şaban (1985), Şaban Pabucu Yarım (1985), Sosyete Şaban (1985), Davacı (1986), Deli Deli Küpeli (1986), Tarzan Rıfkı (1986), Garip (1986), Yoksul (1986), Japon İşi (1987), Kiracı (1987), Yakışıklı (1987), Sevimli Hırsız (1988), Uyanık Gazeteci (1988), Bıçkın (1988), Düttürü Dünya (1988), İnatçı (1988), Öğretmen (1988), Polizei (1988), Talih Kuşu (1989), Zehir Hafiye (1989), Koltuk Belası (1990), Boynu Bükük Küheylan (1990), Gülen Adam (1990), Abuk sabuk Bir Film (1990), Varyemez (1991), Saygilar Bizden (1992), Saban Askerde (1993), Saban ile Sirin (Television series, 1995), Bay Kamber (Television series, 1996), Propaganda (1999).
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