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) 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).

Early life and education[edit]

Yılmaz was born on 23 April 1973 in Istanbul. His family are originally from Gürün, Sivas, although part of his family is of Turkish origin who immigrated from Thessaloniki, Greece.[1] He went to primary school at the Mehmet Akif School. He then got enrolled in the Bahçelievler Kazım Karabekir Secondary School, and then Etiler Anadolu Tourism Vocational High School, eventually going to Boğaziçi University and finishing his studies in Tourism and Hotel Management.[2]


In 1998, he had his cinematic debut with the movie Everything's Gonna Be Great. 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".[3] He has since repeated his box office successes with a sequel to G.O.R.A called A.R.O.G., The Magician and Yahşi Batı, and has appeared in more than 10 films and worked as a voice actor in a number of motion pictures.[4]

Yılmaz started doing stand-up shows in the bars of Leman Kültür in the early 1990s. He has since created four stand-up specials. In addition, he has directed the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra twice.[5][6]

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. The caricatures that he has drawn and the scenario of three of his movies that were released in the form of a book were well-received by fans.[7]

He has also received a number of awards inside Turkey including a "Best Actor Award" at the Sadri Alışık Awards[8] and the 4th Yeşilçam Awards.[9] gibi ödüllerin de dahil olduğu çeşitli ödüllere layık görüldü.

Personal life[edit]

On 10 March 2012, he married Ahu Yağtu. The couple officially divorced on 31 December 2013. Together they have a son named Kemal.[10]

With 12 million followers on Twitter,[11] he's also the most subscribed Turkish artist on YouTube.[12]


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[13]
2006 The Magician (Turkish: Hokkabaz) Yes Yes Yes İskender Tünaydın Won BIIFF and Sadri Alışık Best Actor awards[14][15]
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). Belma Baş's first long movie, it was sponsored by Ministry of Culture and Tourism.[16]
Hunting Season (Turkish: Av Mevsimi) Yes "Crazy" İdris Cem Yılmaz and Şener Şen shared the leading roles. It was directed by Yavuz Turgul.[17]
4th Yeşilçam Awards: "Best Actor"[18]
2012 Magnificent Presence Yes Yusuf Antep[19] Directed by Ferzan Özpetek, it was released in March 2012.[20]
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) First feature film directed by Russel Crow[21]
Coming Soon Yes Yes Yes Yes Zafer Yildiz / Besir At the 20th Sadri Alışık Awards, he won the "Most Successful Actor" award in the musical/comedy category.[22]
2015 Ali Baba and the Seven Dwarfs Yes Yes Yes Yes Ali Şenay/Boris Mancov
2016 İftarlık Gazoz Yes Cibar Kemal The story takes place in the 1970s.[23]
Zootopia Yes Nick Wilde[24] Voice actor (Turkish dub)
2017 Deli Aşk Yes Yes Erman Eratlı
2018 Arif v 216 Yes Yes Yes Arif Işık Sequel to G.O.R.A and A.R.O.G


Year Title Notes
1999 Milenyum Stand up
1999 Bir Tat Bir Doku Stand up
2007 CMYLMZ Stand up
2010 CMYLMZ Soru & Cevap Stand up
2011 CM101MMXI Fundamentals Stand up[25]
2014 STANDartCY Stand up[26]


  1. ^ http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/aslinda-herkes-potansiyel-iyi-insan-kotuluk-gayret-istiyor-40695168
  2. ^ "Cem Yılmaz - Biyografi". Biyografi.info. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  3. ^ Teksoy, Rekin (2008). Turkish Cinema. Istanbul: Oğlak Kitap. p. 102. ISBN 978-975-329-611-3.
  4. ^ "Cem Yılmaz - Filmler". Filmineral.com. Archived from the original on 30 June 2015. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Haydn Trumpet Concerto Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra". Arda Cabaoglu, DMA. Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  6. ^ "Cem Yılmaz Soru & Cevap". Sinemalar.com. Archived from the original on 19 May 2015. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Cem Yılmaz'ın senaryoları kitap oldu". Haberturk.com. Archived from the original on 26 February 2015. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  8. ^ "12.Sadri Alışık Ödülleri". Sinematurk.com. Archived from the original on 24 May 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  9. ^ "2011 Yeşilçam Ödülleri dağıtıldı". Sinematurk.com. Archived from the original on 24 May 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  10. ^ "Cem Yılmaz ve Ahu Yağtu çifti muradına erdi". Radikal.com.tr. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  11. ^ https://twitter.com/CMYLMZ
  12. ^ https://www.youtube.com/user/cmylmz
  13. ^ "Sadri Alışık Ödülleri'nde en iyiler". Hürriyet. 9 May 2006. Retrieved 14 July 2009.
  14. ^ "Cem Yılmaz'a ilk ödül Brüksel'den". Sabah. 14 November 2007. Retrieved 14 July 2009.
  15. ^ "Sadri Alışık Ödülleri sahiplerini buldu". Zaman. 8 May 2007. Retrieved 14 July 2009.
  16. ^ "Toronto'nun keşfi Zefir oldu". NTVMSNBC. 9 August 2010. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  17. ^ "Kimse bizden komedi filmi beklemesin". Milliyet. 6 February 2010. Retrieved 13 February 2010.
  18. ^ "Yeşilçam'a 'Çoğunluk' damgası!". NTVMSNBC. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  19. ^ "Ferzan Özpetek yeni filminin galasını Roma'da yaptı". Milliyet. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  20. ^ "Yeni filmini anlattı". Vatan. 18 February 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
  21. ^ "'The Water Diviner'ın ilk fragmanı yayınlandı". Milliyet. 2 October 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  22. ^ "20. Sadri Alışık ödülleri sahiplerini bekliyor". Sabah. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  23. ^ "Cem Yılmaz 'İftarlık Gazoz'a konuk oyuncu oldu". Hürriyet. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
  24. ^ "Zootropolis: Hayvanlar Şehri: Filmin kadrosu ve ekibin tamamı - Beyazperde.com". beyazperde.com. Archived from the original on 25 June 2016. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  25. ^ "Cem Yılmaz CM101MMXI Fundamentals'tan İlk Teaser Fragman!". Beyazperde. 23 November 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  26. ^ Serçek Biroğlu, Müge (21 September 2014). "Cem'le ABD'ye". Hürriyet. Retrieved 5 October 2014.

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