|Occupation||Filmmaker, poet, actor|
|Spouse(s)||Sanem Oktar (1993–1998)|
Belçim Bilgin (2006–2018)
Yılmaz Erdoğan (born 4 November 1967) is a Turkish filmmaker, actor and poet of Kurdish origin who is most famous for his box-office record-breaking debut comedy film Vizontele (2001) and the television series Bir Demet Tiyatro (1995–2002/2006–2007). He was awarded the Best Supporting Actor at 4th Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards for his performance in The Water Diviner (2014).
Yilmaz Erdoğan spent his childhood in Ankara until he moved to Istanbul along with his family. His family is of Kurdish origin. In 1987, he dropped out of his civil engineering studies at Istanbul Technical University and joined the On Duty Theater Staff (Turkish: Nöbetçi Tiyatrosu) managed by Ferhan Şensoy. He also became chief screenwriter at Levent Kırca’s long-running television sketch show, Olacak O Kadar. In 1988, he founded his own theatre company, Güldüşündürü, and staged a successful production of his self-penned Suleiman the Magnificent and Rambo (Turkish: Kanuni Sultan Süleyman ve Rambo).
In 1994, he founded Beşiktaş Cultural Center (Turkish: Beşiktaş Kültür Merkezi) with business partner Necati Akpınar and achieved recognition as Mükremin Abi alongside actress Demet Akbağ in the ground breaking television series Bir Demet Tiyatro (1995–2002) on Star TV. He also continued his theatrical success with a series of plays and musicals, including his one-man show, Cebimdeki Kelimeler, and recorded a poetry album called, Kayıp Kentin Yakışıklısı, which includes seventeen poems accompanied by traditional Turkish music composed by Metin Kalender, Nizamettin Ariç and Ali Aykaç.
He achieved his greatest success with the box-office record breaking comedy film Vizontele (2001), which he wrote, directed and starred in. This was followed by a sequel, Vizontele Tuuba (2004), which he also produced, and Magic Carpet Ride (2005). A second run for his popular television series Bir Demet Tiyatro (2006–2007) followed on ATV, and the Christmas comedy film Jolly Life (2009). He has also produced the successful comedy films Eyyvah Eyvah (2010) and Çok Filim Hareketler Bunlar (2010).
His brothers are Mustafa Erdoğan, who founded Fire of Anatolia and Deniz Erdoğan, who has composed music for some of his company's productions. His wife is the actress and costume designer Belçim Bilgin, a descendant from the family of Sheikh Said, the leader of the Sheikh Said Rebellion and his daughter Berfin Erdoğan appeared in Magic Carpet Ride.
|Films & TV series|
|1994||Yaseminname||Yes||Yes||Sürahi Nine's grandchild||Television series|
|1995–2002||Bir Demet Tiyatro||Yes||Yes||Mükremin Çıtır||Star TV television series|
|2004||Vizontele Tuuba||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Crazy Emin|
|2005||Magic Carpet Ride (Turkish: Organize İşler)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Asım Noyan|
|2006–2007||Bir Demet Tiyatro||Yes||Yes||Mükremin Çıtır||ATV television series|
|2009||Jolly Life (Turkish: Neşeli Hayat)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2010||Çok Filim Hareketler Bunlar||Yes|
|2011||Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Turkish: Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da)||Yes||Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.|
|2013||The Butterfly's Dream (Turkish: Kelebeğin Rüyası)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Behçet Necatigil|
|2014||The Water Diviner||Yes||Major Hasan|
|2016||Sour Apples||Yes||Yes||Yes||Aziz Özay|
|2018||Money Trap (Turkish: Organize İşler: Sazan Sarmalı)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Asım Noyan|
|Kadınlık Bizde Kalsın||Writer|
|1995||Cebimde Kelimeler||Writer - solo performance|
|2000||Sen Hiç Ateş Böceği Gördün mü?||Cevat Fehmi Başkut Special Award||Writer and director|
|2003||Bana Bir Şeyhler Oluyor||Writer|
|2004||Haybeden Gerçeküstü Aşk||Writer|
|2008–2011||Çok Güzel Hareketler Bunlar||Creator|
|2019–||Çok Güzel Hareketler 2||Creator|
|4th Edition 2004||Feriştah'ın Fentezileri||Humor||ISBN 9789755702261||Dialogues from the TV series Bir Demet Tiyatro|
|Cebimde Kelimeler||Humor - play|
|Otogargara||Play - humor|
|2003||Hijyenik Aşklar||Essay - humor||ISBN 9789755701851||Published in the book Kısa Güldürü Hikâyeleri|
|18th Edition||Haybeden Gerçeküstü Konuşmalar||Humor - play||ISBN 9789755701004||Later turned into a play|
|24th Edition 2000||Hüzünbaz Sevişmeler||Essay||ISBN 9789755700069|
|9th Edition||Kadınlık Bizde Kalsın||Humor - play||ISBN 9789755700052|
|26th Edition||Kayıp Kentin Yakışıklısı||Poem||ISBN 9789755700182|
|2006||Laz Bakkal ile Tombalak||Humor||ISBN 9789755702810||Dialogues from the TV series Bir Demet Tiyatro|
|5th Edition 2005||Bana Bir Şeyhler Oluyor||Humor - play||ISBN 9789755702483|
|4th Edition 2009||Sahiler Düş Düşler Sahi||Poem||ISBN 9789755703893|
- Demir, Sores Welat (2019-01-01). KürtPedia-Kürt-Kürtler-Kürtçe-Kürdistan / (KurdPedia-Kurd-Kurds-Kurdish-Kurdistan - History Book by SWD). SWD Group. p. 185. ISBN 978-82-8422-014-7.
- "Australian film award goes to Yılmaz Erdoğan". Hurriyet Daily News. Retrieved 2015-01-30.
- "Turkey's Yılmaz Erdoğan wins 'Australian Oscar' for supporting actor". Today's Zaman. Retrieved 2015-01-30.
- "Belçim Bilgin Kimdir? - Güncel Belçim Bilgin Haberleri". www.sabah.com.tr. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
- Biyografi.info - Biography of Yılmaz Erdoğan
- IMDb - Filmography of Yılmaz Erdoğan
- Boston Turkish Film Festival - Organize İşler (Magic Carpet Ride)