Cem Yılmaz

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Cem Yılmaz
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Cem Yılmaz
Born (1973-04-23) 23 April 1973 (age 45)
Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Medium Stand-up, Film, Television
Nationality Turkish
Alma mater Boğaziçi University
Years active since 1995
Genres Observational comedy, Wit, Satire
Subject(s) Turkish culture, everyday life, childhood, human behavior

Cem Yılmaz (Turkish pronunciation: [ˈd͡ʒem jɯɫˈmaz] (About this sound listen), born 23 April 1973 in Istanbul, Turkey) is a Turkish stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor, musician, filmmaker, screen writer, and cartoonist. He is best known for his films G.O.R.A. (2004), A.R.O.G (2008) and Yahşi Batı (2010), and has won two Sadri Alışık awards for his roles in Organize İşler (2005) and The Magician (2006).


Yilmaz's family is originally from Sivas, Turkey, although part of his family is of Turkish origin who immigrated from Thessaloniki, Greece.[1] While studying at the Department of Tourism and Hotel Management of Boğaziçi University, Yilmaz started drawing comics for the Turkish humor magazine LeMan. In August 1995, he did his first comedy show in the Leman Culture Center, performing with no serious career intentions. However, after the positive response of the audience, he continued his show at Beşiktaş Cultural Center; he has appeared in over a thousand stand-up comedy shows since, becoming so popular that tickets have sold for 250TL (approx. US$140).[citation needed]


Movie career[edit]

Yilmaz's movie career started in 1998 with a main role in the comedy Everything's Gonna Be Great (1999), directed by Ömer Vargı, and continued with a role in Vizontele (2001), directed by Yılmaz Erdoğan and Ömer Faruk Sorak. Yilmaz achieved his greatest success by starring in and writing the big-budget sci-fi parody G.O.R.A. (2004), also directed by Ömer Faruk Sorak. Despite spending several years in production because of financial and other technical problems, G.O.R.A. became a box-office hit and, according to Rekin Teksoy, "showed that popular cinema was successful in appealing to wide audiences".[2]

Yilmaz followed this success with a starring role in the comedy film Organize İşler (2005), directed by Erdoğan, for which he won Best Supporting Actor at the 11th Sadri Alışık Awards. He made his directorial debut with The Magician (2006), co-directed by Ali Taner Baltacı, for which he won Best Actor at the 34th Brussels International Independent Film Festival and 12th Sadri Alışık Awards.

He has since repeated his box office successes with a sequel to G.O.R.A called A.R.O.G. (2008), co-directed by Baltacı, and a Western parody called Yahşi Batı (2010), directed by Sorak. That same year, he co-starred, alongside veteran actor Şener Şen, in the police drama Hunting Season (2010), written and directed by Yavuz Turgul, and made a special appearance in the drama Zephyr (2010), written and directed by Belma Baş. In addition, he appeared as Cemal in the movie "Water Diviner" (2014), directed by Russell Crowe. He wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the movie Ali Baba ve 7 Cüceler (2015).[citation needed]

Stage artist[edit]

Yılmaz started doing stand-up shows in the bars of Leman Kültür in the early 1990s. He has since created four stand-up specials and has done a comedy tour in the United States.1[citation needed] In addition, he has directed the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra twice.[3]

Television commercials[edit]

During the course of his career, Cem Yılmaz has been the commercial face of Panasonic, OPET, Türk Telekom, Türkiye İş Bankası and Doritos, among others.


Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Producer Writer Actor Role
1998 Everything's Gonna Be Great (Turkish: Her Şey Çok Güzel Olacak) Yes Yes Altan Çamlı
2001 Vizontele Yes Fikri
2004 G.O.R.A. Yes Yes Arif Işık/Komutan Logar
2005 Organize İşler Yes Yes Müslüm Duralmaz Won Sadri Alışık Best Supporting Actor award
2006 The Magician (Turkish: Hokkabaz) Yes Yes Yes İskender Tünaydın Won BIIFF and Sadri Alışık Best Actor awards
2007 Bee Movie Yes Barry B. Benson Voice actor (Turkish dub)
2008 A.R.O.G Yes Yes Yes Yes Arif Işık/Komutan Logar
2010 Yahşi Batı Yes Yes Yes Aziz Vefa
Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard Yes Arthur Voice actor (Turkish dub)
Zephyr (Turkish: Zefir) Yes Voice actor (special appearance)
Hunting Season (Turkish: Av Mevsimi) Yes "Crazy" İdris
2013 CM101MMXI FUNDAMENTALS Yes Yes Yes Theatrical release of Cem Yilmaz's latest stand up show, CM101MMXI FUNDAMENTALS.
2014 The Water Diviner Yes Sergeant Jemal (Cemal)
2014 Coming Soon Yes Yes Yes Yes Zafer Yildiz / Besir
2015 Ali Baba and the Seven Dwarfs Yes Yes Yes Yes Ali Şenay/Boris Mancov


Year Title Notes
1999 Milenyum Stand up
1999 Bir Tat Bir Doku Stand up
2002[citation needed] Cem Yılmaz Askerde TSK philharmonics and stand up
2007 CMYLMZ Stand up
2010 CMYLMZ Soru & Cevap Stand up


  1. ^ http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/aslinda-herkes-potansiyel-iyi-insan-kotuluk-gayret-istiyor-40695168
  2. ^ Teksoy, Rekin (2008). Turkish Cinema. Istanbul: Oğlak Kitap. p. 102. ISBN 978-975-329-611-3. 
  3. ^ "Haydn Trumpet Concerto Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra". Arda Cabaoglu, DMA. Retrieved 2017-12-05. 

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