comedy and movie actor (Born 1897, Istanbul – Death 5 November 1973, Istanbul).
name is İsmail Hakkı, Dümbüllü is his nickname. He was educated within the
tradition of improvisation, gained reputation thanks to his roles in light
comedies, operettas and movies and enabled the transfer of various acting
techniques and Turkish theatrical plays to our days. He received the nickname
of Dümbüllü from the canto titled Dümbüllü
sang by Peruz Hanım, one of the canto artists of the period. His real name is İsmail
Hakkı. He left his education in Toptaş-I Rüştiye-i Askeriyye (
Dümbüllü established his
own theatrical association in 1928 with Tevfik İnce and started to perform in
Hilal Theatre in Direklerarası. After 1933 he went on
After the 2nd
World War, starting from 1947, he also appeared in movies with his distinctive
voice, naïve appearance and lovely mimics. First he played the leading role in Memiş (1947), later in Dümbüllü
Macera Peşinde (1948) and Keloğlan (1948) movies. He strengthened his reputation with movies Harman
(1950), İncili Çavuş (1951), Ne Sihirdir Ne Keramet (1951) and Sihirli
He acted in Kırk Gün Kırk Gece in 1953,in Mihrimah
Dümbüllü İsmail was the last representative of our light comedy theatre based on improvisation. In the work prepared by Sadi Yaver Ataman titled Dümbüllü İsmail Efendi (1974) he wrote texts of some of his plays recorded to tape.
“The most successful
comedy artist prize” introduced by the Karagöz and Light Comedy Association in
REFERENCE: Mustafa Nihat Özön - Baha Dürder / Türk Tiyatrosu Ansiklopedisi (1967), Sadi Yaver Ataman / Dümbüllü İsmail Efendi (1974), TDE Ansiklopedisi (c. 2, 1976), TDOE – TDE Ansiklopedisi 3 (2003), Büyük Larousse (c. 6, s. 3435, 1986), Ana Britanica (c. 7, s. 567, 1987), İhsan Işık / Resimli ve Metin Örnekli Türkiye Edebiyatçılar ve Kültür Adamları Ansiklopedisi (2006, 2007) – Ünlü Sanatçılar (Türkiye Ünlüleri Ansiklopedisi, C. 5, 2013) - Encyclopedia of Turkey’s Famous People (2013).