An iconic actor of Turkish cinema commemorated


Tarık Akan, one of the most notable names of the “Yeşilçam” era of modern Turkish cinema, has been commemorated at various events in Istanbul on the fifth anniversary of his death on September 16th.

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Akan’s family, veteran actors in the Turkish film industry and loyal fans of the movie star attended the commemoration ceremony held at Zuhuratbaba cemetery in Bakırköy district.

“It seems long from the outside, but our pain makes it feel like it was yesterday. Unfortunately, this pain does not go away, ”said Barış Üregül, the actor’s son, in a speech he gave at the memorial.

After the ceremony, fans of the artist left carnations on the grave.

Separately, Akan was commemorated during the traditional ‘Respect to the Masters Night’ organized by the Municipality of Büyükçekmece in Istanbul on the occasion of the 107th anniversary of Turkish cinema.

“We met a lot in Bakırköy with Tarık Akan and many artists of the time. They were our older brothers, ”said Büyükçekmece Mayor Hasan Akgün, noting that the actor had contributed to Turkish cinema, but was also a thinker with his intellectual training.

The program continued with a film in which Akan starred.

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A road from the prison to Cannes

Akan started school in the northeastern province of Erzurum, but finished it in the central Anatolian province of Kayseri due to his father’s assignments as a military officer.

After his father retired, he started living with his family in Istanbul and enrolled in Yıldız Technical University to become a mechanical engineer, but then decided to study journalism.

Before embarking on the glamorous life of cinema, Akan worked as a lifeguard on Bakırköy beach and as a street vendor.

However, he hit the jackpot when he won a Ses’s contest, a monthly magazine, in 1970 with a style and appearance reminiscent of Hollywood stars of the time.

He first appeared on camera for his 1971 film “Solan Bir Yaprak Gibi” (Like A Dying Leaf).

Between 1970 and 1975 Akan starred in 12 films and made a name for himself in Yeşilçam’s Brightest Period, also known as Hollywood in Turkey.

Akan played the character of “Damat Ferit” in director Ertem Eğilmez’s film adaptation of Rıfat Ilgaz’s “Hababam Sınıfı” (Chaos Class), which is considered one of the best movies and comedies in the history of cinema Turkish.

Since being described as the beautiful and charming figure of Turkish romantic comedies, he has gained great fame with films like “Bizim Aile” (Our Family) and “Mavi Boncuk” (Blue Bead) which brought him together. with the best comedy actors at the time.

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Known for his politically left-wing position, the actor played roles in more politically motivated films that depicted the problems of daily life in rural Anatolia, earning him international recognition in the late 1970s.

However, the 1980 military coup, which deeply affected almost everyone in Turkey, did not leave the actor unscathed, leading him to be jailed for two and a half months in 1981 for criticizing the coup. ‘State in a speech in Germany.

He recounted his days in prison in a book called “Mother, I have lice”.

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Amid difficult times, the actor gained international fame with his role in “Yol” (Road), directed by Şerif Gören and written by Yılmaz Güney.

The film won the Palme d’Or at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival and Akan was nominated for “Best Actor” for his role. He received an honorable mention at the 35th Berlin International Film Festival in 1985 with the film “Pansiyon”.

Training the younger generations by giving acting lessons in the 2000s, the Yeşilçam star has appeared in 111 films and four television series throughout her career.

He died at the age of 66 in 2016 after battling lung cancer.

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