27 April 1972 |
He performed several minor television roles in episodes of different TV shows and continued working in theater until his big-screen debut in his main role as the young Turkish boy Gabriel in Fatih Akın's film Kurz und schmerzlos (Short Sharp Shock). After his breakthrough he appeared in the successful TV mini-series Der Tunnel, of Roland Suso Richter, where he performed alongside Heino Ferch and Nicolette Krebitz. Doris Dörrie chose him for her sex comedy Naked. He went back to working in television with the love film Eine Liebe in Saigon (Love in Saigon) with Luxembourgian actress Désirée Nosbusch (to whom Kurtuluş is engaged).
Kurtuluş played the main detective role in six episodes of the cult German television series Tatort. He announced afterwards that he would be working on international projects. In 2014, he co-starred with Samuel L. Jackson & Ray Stevenson in the Finnish-British action thriller Big Game.
- 1993 – Adelheid und ihre Mörder
- 1995 – SK Babies
- 1995 – Stars of the South
- 1996 – Double Employment
- 2001 – The Tunnel (TV mini-series)
- 2004 – Love in Saigon
- 2007–2012 – Tatort
- 1996 – Getürkt
- 1998 – Short Sharp Shock (Kurz und schmerzlos)
- 2000 – Im Juli
- 2001 – Herz
- 2002 – Naked
- 2004 – Lautlos
- 2004 – Head-On (Gegen die Wand)
- 2014 – Big Game
- Locarno International Film Festival 1998: Bronze leopard (best actor) for Short Sharp Shock
- Grimme-Preis 2001: Short Sharp Shock
- Grimme-Preis 2009: Tatort – Auf der Sonnenseite
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- "Rare Exports Director and Samuel L. Jackson Hunt Big Game". Dread Central. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
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