Yılmaz Erdoğan

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Yılmaz Erdoğan
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Born (1967-11-04) 4 November 1967 (age 51)
OccupationFilmmaker, poet, actor
Years active1995–present
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 descent, 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).[1][2]


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 and his daughter Berfin Erdoğan appeared in Magic Carpet Ride. He is a Beşiktaş J.K. fan.


Films & TV series
Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Producer Writer Actor Role
1995–2002 Bir Demet Tiyatro Yes Yes Mükremin Çıtır Star TV television series
2001 Vizontele Yes Yes Yes Crazy Emin
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 Eyyvah Eyvah 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 Yes Yes Yes Asım Noyan


  1. ^ "Australian film award goes to Yılmaz Erdoğan". Hurriyet Daily News. Retrieved 2015-01-30.
  2. ^ "Turkey's Yılmaz Erdoğan wins 'Australian Oscar' for supporting actor". Today's Zaman. Retrieved 2015-01-30.

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