Theatre and cinema actor, theatre director. He was born on the 2nd of November 1941 in Istanbul. His mother is Nadide Hanım, his father Mustafa Bey. He was educated at Pertevniyal High School. Later he studied in Istanbul University Faculty of Law and Faculty of Literature.
Akpınar appeared on the stage for the first time during his secondary education and worked in various amateur groups in those years. He acted in plays titled Yeşil Sahnede İşler Karıştı, On Küçük Yaramaz and Yağmurcu. He managed MTTB Birlik Theatre and acted in plays of Karaların Memetleri, Kulaktan Kulağa and Antigone. Akpınar acted in his first professional play Gözlerimi Kaparım Vazifemi Yaparım in Ulvi Uraz Theatre in 1964, as well as in Ben Devletim and Hababam Sınıfı plays at the same theatre. He established a group in Gen-Ar Theatre together with Zeki Alasya in 1966. He established Devekuşu Cabaret which is the first cabaret theatre of our country in 1967, under the leadership of Haldun Taner, together with Ahmet Gülhan and Zeki Alasya . The group focused on social and political satire in its plays.
Akpınar, as one of the important representatives of cabaret genre in Turkey, managed to draw a wide mass of audience to his plays with his unique style. He served in all plays of Devekuşu Cabaret as an actor; and directed some of them. In the same time he served as the administrative manager of Devekuşu Cabaret.
His movie career started with the movie Tatlı Dillim in 1972. The artist who appeared in many movies established a duo with Zeki Alasya and played roles with social messages in numerous plays, movies and television programs for years. After he acted in the movie Propaganda in 1999 which was directed by Sinan Çetin he declared that he would play different roles and tried dramatic acting.
SOME OF HIS PLAYS: Gözlerimi Kaparım Vazifemi Yaparım, Vatan Kurtaran Şaban, Astronot Niyazi, Ha Bu Diyar, Haneler, Keşanlı Ali Destanı, Aşk Olsun, Deliler, Geceler, Yasaklar,Beyoğlu Beyoğlu, Reklâmlar, Dün Bugün…
SOME OF HIS MOVIES: Papatyam (2009), Eve Giden Yol 1914 (2006), Kısık Ateşte 15 Dakika (2006), Eğreti Gelin (2004), Abuzer Kadayıf (2000), Baykuşların Saltanatı (2000), Güle Güle (1999), Propaganda (1999), Yerim Seni (1998), Biz Bize Benzeriz Biz Bize Benzeriz (1992), Namus Düşmanı (1986), Patron Duymasın (1985), Yanlış Numara (1985), Davetsiz Misafir (1983), Dönme Dolap (1983 ), Baş Belası (1982), Şaka Yapma (1981) Hasip İle Nasip ( 1976 ), Her Gönülde Bir Aslan Yatar ( 1976 ), Salak Milyoner (1974 ), Oh Olsun (1973), Canım Kardeşim ( 1973 ), Yalancı Yârim (1973 ), Tatlı Dillim (1972)…
TELEVISION SERIES: Hastane (1993 ), Papatyam (2009 )
SOME OF HIS AWARDS: “State Artist”, Turkish Republic Ministry of Culture, 34th Altın Kelebek TV Stars Contest, 2007, “Honorary Award for Lifetime”; 20th International Kâtibim Cultural and Artistic Festival, 3rd İsmail Dümbüllü Awards, Üsküdar Municipality, 2008.