Famous People Born In Istanbul

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Elia Kazan
(One of the Most Honored and Influential Directors in Broadway and Hollywood History)
Elia Kazan
10
Birthdate: September 7, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: September 28, 2003

Elia Kazan was an American actor, screenwriter, director, and producer. Widely regarded as one of the most influential and celebrated directors in Hollywood and Broadway history, Kazan played a key role in launching the careers of actors like Marlon Brando, Warren Beatty, and James Dean. His work has also influenced other prominent filmmakers like Martin Scorsese.

 2 
Can Yaman
(Actor)
Can Yaman
17
Birthdate: November 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 3 
Tuba Büyüküstün
(Actress)
Tuba Büyüküstün
17
Birthdate: July 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 4 
Tchéky Karyo
(French Actor and Musician)
Tchéky Karyo
14
Birthdate: October 4, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra

French actor and musician Tchéky Karyo is best known as Julien Baptiste from the series The Missing and its spin-off, Baptiste. His performance in La Balance earned him a Cesar Award nomination. He has also appeared in character roles in films such as Kiss of the Dragon and The Patriot.

 5 
Hazal Kaya
(Actress)
Hazal Kaya
11
Birthdate: October 1, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 6 
Constantine XI Palaiologos
(The Last Byzantine Ruler Who Died Defending Constantinople against the Turks)
Constantine XI Palaiologos
8
Birthdate: February 8, 1405
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: May 29, 1453

The fourth son of Emperor Manuel II, Constantine XI Palaiologos was the last Byzantine emperor. He died in combat, while defending the city of Constantinople against the Ottoman Turks. In Greek folklore, he is known as the Marble Emperor, referring to a legend that he had turned into marble after his death.

 7 
Neslihan Atagül
(Actress)
Neslihan Atagül
9
Birthdate: August 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 8 
Orhan Pamuk
(Turkish Novelist and Recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature)
Orhan Pamuk
9
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini

Orhan Pamuk is a Turkish novelist, screenwriter, and academic. He is the recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature. One of the best-known writers from Turkey, he has sold over 13 million books in 63 languages. He began writing in the 1970s and is the author of several novels and non-fiction works in both English and Turkish. 

 9 
Arda Turan
(Turkish Football Manager and Former Football Player Who Played Most Notably as a Winger)
Arda Turan
21
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 30, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 10 
Mahmud II
(Sultan of Ottoman Empire)
Mahmud II
7
Birthdate: July 20, 1785
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: July 1, 1839

Mahmud II reigned as the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1808 to 1839. His reign was marked by the extensive military, administrative, and fiscal reforms which he initiated. The reforms that he initiated eventually led to the formation of the modern Turkish Republic. He is also credited with rebuilding a strong naval force for the empire.

 11 
Özge Gürel
(Actress)
Özge Gürel
2
Birthdate: February 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 12 
Ebru Sahin
(Actress)
Ebru Sahin
6
Birthdate: May 18, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 13 
Melisa Döngel
(Actress, Model)
Melisa Döngel
8
Birthdate: September 18, 1999
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 14 
Cengiz Coskun
(Actor Model)
Cengiz Coskun
5
Birthdate: April 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 15 
Alexios I Komnenos
(Emperor)
Alexios I Komnenos
1
Birthdate: 1048 AD
Died: August 15, 1118
 16 
Bergüzar Korel
(Actress)
Bergüzar Korel
2
Birthdate: August 27, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 17 
Hidayet Türkoğlu
(Basketball player)
Hidayet Türkoğlu
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 19, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
 18 
Eda Ece
(Actress)
Eda Ece
5
Birthdate: June 20, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 19 
Halit Ergenç
(Actor)
Halit Ergenç
2
Birthdate: April 30, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 20 
Aras Bulut Iynemli
(Actor)
Aras Bulut Iynemli
2
Birthdate: August 25, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
 21 
Furkan Korkmaz
(Basketball player)
Furkan Korkmaz
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 24, 1997
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
 22 
Birce Akalay
(Actress)
Birce Akalay
4
Birthdate: June 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 23 
Dieter Zetsche
(German Businessman, Chairman of 'TUI AG' and Former Head of 'Mercedes-Benz')
Dieter Zetsche
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 5, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus

German business tycoon Dieter Zetsche had just completed his education in electrical engineering when he joined the research department of Daimler-Benz AG. He later headed the Mercedes-Benz Group as its CEO and also appeared as Dr. Z in the company’s commercials. He also served as the chairman of the tourism company TUI AG.

 24 
Abdul Hamid I
(Emperor)
Abdul Hamid I
0
Birthdate: March 20, 1725
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: April 7, 1789
 25 
Manuel I Komnenos
(Emperor)
Manuel I Komnenos
2
Birthdate: November 28, 1118
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: September 24, 1180
 26 
Honorius
(Roman Emperor from 393 to 423)
Honorius
2
Birthdate: September 9, 0384
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: August 15, 0423
 27 
Farah Zeynep Abdullah
(Actress, Singer)
Farah Zeynep Abdullah
3
Birthdate: August 17, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 28 
Asteria
(Daughter of the Titans Coeus)
Asteria
0
 29 
Justinian II
(The Heraclian Dynasty's Last Eastern Roman Emperor)
Justinian II
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0669 AD
Died: December 11, 0711

Ancient Byzantine emperor Justinian II was the son of Constantine IV and an efficient ruler, though he was also known for his cruel ways and means. He was also known as Rhinotmetos, or the slit-nosed, after his nose was cut off during a revolt in 695, following which he was banished from the kingdom.

 30 
Afra Saraçoğlu
(Actress)
Afra Saraçoğlu
3
Birthdate: December 2, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
 31 
Cem Yiğit Üzümoğlu
(Actor)
Cem Yiğit Üzümoğlu
0
Birthdate: March 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 32 
Murad V
(Sultan)
Murad V
0
Birthdate: September 21, 1840
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: August 29, 1904
 33 
Öykü Karayel
(Actress)
Öykü Karayel
5
Birthdate: August 20, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
 34 
Birkan Sokullu
(Actor)
Birkan Sokullu
0
Birthdate: October 6, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 35 
Yıldız Çağrı Atiksoy
(Actress)
Yıldız Çağrı Atiksoy
2
Birthdate: April 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 36 
Constantine V
(Byzantine emperor)
Constantine V
2
Birthdate: June 30, 0718
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: September 14, 0775
 37 
Stilicho
(Military commander)
Stilicho
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0359 AD
Died: August 22, 0408
 38 
Julian
(Roman emperor)
Julian
6
Birthdate: 0331 AD
Died: June 26, 0363
 39 
Ömer Yurtseven
(Basketball player)
Ömer Yurtseven
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 19, 1998
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 7'0" (213 cm)
 40 
Mustafa IV
(Sultan)
Mustafa IV
1
Birthdate: September 8, 1779
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: November 17, 1808
 41 
Burak Çelik
(Actor, Model)
Burak Çelik
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 42 
Melis Sezen
(Actress)
Melis Sezen
2
Birthdate: January 2, 1997
Sun Sign: Capricorn
 43 
Mustafa III
(Sultan)
Mustafa III
1
Birthdate: January 28, 1717
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: January 21, 1774
 44 
Burak Deniz
(Actor)
Burak Deniz
7
Birthdate: February 17, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 45 
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
(Film director, Photographer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film producer, Film editor)
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
0
Birthdate: January 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
 46 
Sinem Kobal
(Actress known for her roles in such Turkish television series as Hurrem Sultan and Selena)
Sinem Kobal
0
Birthdate: August 14, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 47 
Burak Ozcivit
(Film actor)
Burak Ozcivit
29
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: December 24, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 48 
Tolga Saritas
(Actor)
Tolga Saritas
1
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: May 30, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
 49 
Mehmet Günsür
(Actor, Model)
Mehmet Günsür
1
Birthdate: May 8, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Kerem Bursin
(Actor)
Kerem Bursin
6
Birthdate: June 4, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini