Theatre and cinema actor, director (b. 18 April 1943,
He started his artistic career in
1959 within National Turkish Students Association (MTTB) Theatre as an amateur.
He worked as a decorator and guide for a while. He started his professional
acting career in 1964-65 in Arena Theatre. Here he acted in plays titled Mister Nato, Kargalar Okulu and Şampanya
ve Viski. He became famous with the play Hababam Sınıfı staged in
Ulvi Uraz Theatre in the season of 1965-66. He established a group in Gen-Ar
Theatre together with Metin Akpınar in 1966. In 1967 he established Devekuşu
Cabaret Theatre under the leadership of Haldun Taner, together with Metin
Akpınar and Ahmet Gülhan. In 1978, which was the 10th year of
establishment of Devekuşu Cabaret, Haldun Taner and Ahmet Gülhan left the
group. Historians state that this group developed a cabaret form sui generis in
In the cinema field, he acted between 1973 and 1987 especially in movies produced and directed by Ertem Eğilmez. Aside from 52 movies he acted in, he directed 26 movies. Together with Metin Akpınar they established a duo in Turkish theatre and cinema for more than 30 years.
Some plays he acted in: 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 movies and series he played in: Pardon, Kalbin Zamanı, Öteki Türkiye`de Bir Cumhurbaşkanı, Dedem, Gofret ve Ben,Güler Misin Ağlar Mısın?, Adada Bir Sonbahar, Oyunbozan, Güle Güle, Yerim Seni, Tek Kurşun, Şaka Yapma, Garibin Çilesi Ölünce Biter, Vah Başımıza Gelenler, Köşe Kapmaca, Petrol Kralları, Cafer`in Çilesi, Sivri Akıllılar, Salak Milyoner, Yalancı Yarim, Kaynanam Kudurdu, Hamsi Nuri, Karaoğlan Geliyor Çalık, Tarkan Altın Madalyon, Tatlı Dillim, Sev Kardeşim, Emine.
MOVIES HE DIRECTED: Aslan Bacanak (1977), Sivri Akıllılar (1977), Petrol Kralları (1978), Doktor (1979), Köşe Kapmaca (1979), Elveda Dostum (1982), Yaz Bitti (1985)
AWARDS: State Artist (T.R. Ministry of Cultural Affairs,
1998), Professional Award (Yıldız Rotary Club, 2008), Theatre Artist of the