Actor, screenwriter, director. (b. 16 Nisan 1933, Akçaabat / Trabzon - d. 15 Ekim 2012, İstanbul). He comes from the Kiziroğulları family who are famous in the Black Sea Region of Turkey. While he was studying at Galatasaray High School, he became the member of the Theater Club at school. He took the stage professionally with a play of Philip King named “Papaz Kaçtı” which was performed in Haldun Dormen Chamber Theatre (1955). The following year, he performed in plays of the Ankara State Theater, which were directed by the famous playwright Muhsin Ertuğrul. In 1957, he started to work in Dormen Theater and worked there until the theater was closed in 1972 and had many performances. Starting from 1960, he took roles in movies. He played a woman in Sinekli Bakkal as a “drag queen” named “Kız Tevfik”.
He wrote the lyrics of the musicals like Yaygara (1970), Uyy Balon Dünya (1970), İstanbul Masalı (1971) and the texts of the musicals were composed by Cemal Reşit Rey. Günaydın also has many scripts. His encomiastic performances, Nasreddin Hodja typecasting, dubbing the cartoon character Yogi Bear and other characters he played made him one of the most known and highly placed actors of Turkey. He was charged with the directorship of Akbank Children's Theater founded on 1972.
Günaydın has won The Best Script and The Best Supporting Role Awards with Güzel Bir Gün İçin, directed by Haldun Dormen in 1967 in Antalya Altın Portakal Film Festival. He was given the İlhan İskender Award with his performance in the musical Oliver and Yıldırım Onal Award in the 46th Antalya Altın Portakal Film Festival.
As one of the last representatives of the encomiast tradition beginning from Kavuklu Hamdi to İsmail Dumbullu, he is the father of three children.
PLAYS (AS AN ACTOR): Papaz Kaçtı (1955), Nuh, Kleopatra'nın Mezarı (1956), Teyzesi (1957), Aşk Otu, Benimle Oynar mısınız? (1958), Duvarların Ötesi (1959), Zafer Madalyası (1960), İkinci Baskı (1962), Canlı Maymun Lokantası (1964), Yaygara, Uyy Balon Dünya (Musical, 1970), İstanbul Masalı (Musical, 1971), İstanbul'u Satıyorum (1988).
MOVIES (AS AN ACTOR): Dağılın Kazımlar Geliyor (1976 ), Renkli Dünya (1980), Bir Yudum Mutluluk (1982), Şaşkın Gelin, Pehlivan (1984), Sessiz Ölüm, Yavru Kuş, Her Şeyim Sensin, Ekmek Elden Su Gölden, Duyar Mısın Feryadımı (1985), Kocamın Nişanlısı, Bu Muhtar Başka Muhtar, İki Milyarlık Bilet, Yaygara (1986), Her Şeyi Bitirdik, Karartma Geceleri (1990), Menekşe Koyu (1991), Ömerçip (2003), Pardon (2004), Yedi Kocalı Hürmüz, Kanalizasyon, Orada, Güneşi Gördüm (2009).
TV SERIES: Cennet Mahallesi (2004), Geçmiş Zaman Olur Ki (2006), Hırsız Polis (2005- 2006), Sinekli Bakkal (2007), Çiçek Taksi (2008), Balkan Düğünü (2009).