List of famous Turkish people with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

If you thought Turkey was only about charming landscapes, storied history, ancient towns, magnificent ruins, splendid culture and towering mountains, you are highly mistaken. Strategically located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Turkey commands significant geostrategic importance. Also, it is one of the foremost reasons for the country’s unique culture and heritage. Amidst all the history and greatness of Turkey, one cannot really forget the role of Turkish people in helping their country stand tall on the world forum.
Recep Tayyip ErdoğanRecep Tayyip Erdoğan
(12th President of Turkey)

26 February 1954

Kasımpaşa

Pisces

Elia KazanElia Kazan
(Director, Actor, Producer)

07 September 1909

28 September 2003

Constantinople, Greece (modern day Istanbul, Turkey)

Virgo

Orhan PamukOrhan Pamuk

07 June 1952

Istanbul, Turkey

Gemini

St Paul St Paul
(Religious Preacher)

0005 AD

0067 AD

Tarsus, Mersin

Murad IVMurad IV
(Ottoman Sultan)

26 July 1612

08 February 1640

Constantinople, Ottoman Empire

Leo

Piri ReisPiri Reis
(Ottoman Admiral, Geographer, Cartographer.)

1465 AD

1553 AD

Gelibolu, Turkey

Mustafa Kemal AtaturkMustafa Kemal Ataturk
(Former President of Turkey)

19 May 1881

10 November 1938

Thessaloniki

Taurus

Suleiman the MagnificentSuleiman The Magnificent
(10th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire)

06 November 1494

06 September 1566

Trabzon, Ottoman Empire

Scorpio

Cenk UrguyCenk Urguy
(Political Activist, Show Host)

21 March 1970

Istanbul, Turkey

Aries

Emre CanEmre Can
(Association football player)

12 January 1994

Frankfurt

Capricorn

Gökhan InlerGökhan Inler
(Association football player)

27 June 1984

Olten

Cancer

John ChrysostomJohn Chrysostom
(Theologian, Priest, Writer)

0347 AD

14 September 0407

Antioch, Turkey

Abdullah ÖcalanAbdullah Öcalan
(Leader)

04 April 1949

Ömerli

Aries

Tuba BüyüküstünTuba Büyüküstün
(Actor)

05 July 1982

Istanbul

Cancer

Muhtar KentMuhtar Kent
(entrepreneur, businessperson)

1952 AD

New York City

Kenan EvrenKenan Evren
(Politician)

17 July 1917

09 May 2015

Alaşehir

Cancer

Gökhan SakiGökhan Saki
(Kickboxer, Mixed martial artist, Thai boxer)

19 October 1983

Schiedam

Libra

Adnan OktarAdnan Oktar
(Writer, Theologian)

02 February 1956

Ankara

Aquarius

Enver PashaEnver Pasha
(Politician)

22 November 1881

04 August 1922

Constantinople

Scorpio

Bergüzar KorelBergüzar Korel
(Actress)

27 August 1982

Istanbul

Virgo

Fahriye EvcenFahriye Evcen
(Actor)

04 June 1986

Solingen

Gemini

Eren DerdiyokEren Derdiyok
(Association football player)

12 June 1988

Basel

Gemini

Hovhannes TcholakianHovhannes Tcholakian
(Priest)

12 April 1919

16 September 2016

Istanbul

Aries

Sabiha GökçenSabiha Gökçen
(aviator)

21 March 1913

22 March 2001

Bursa

Aries

Jimmy DurmazJimmy Durmaz
(Association football player)

22 March 1989

Örebro

Aries

Süleyman DemirelSüleyman Demirel
(Politician, Civil engineer, Engineer)

01 November 1924

17 June 2015

Turkey

Scorpio

Talaat PashaTalaat Pasha
(politician)

10 April 1874

15 March 1921

Kardzhali

Aries

Nuri Bilge CeylanNuri Bilge Ceylan
(Film director, Photographer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film producer, Film editor)

26 January 1959

Istanbul

Aquarius

HadiseHadise
(Singer, Songwriter, Television presenter, Composer)

22 October 1985

Mol

Libra

Bülent EcevitBülent Ecevit
(Politician, Writer, Poet, Translator, Journalist, Diplomat)

28 May 1925

05 November 2006

Istanbul

Gemini

Mehmet Akif AlakurtMehmet Akif Alakurt
(Model, Actor)

23 July 1979

Istanbul

Cancer

Adnan MenderesAdnan Menderes
(politician, diplomat)

1899 AD

17 September 1961

Aydın

Vahide PerçinVahide Perçin
(Actor)

13 June 1965

İzmir

Gemini

Selma ErgeçSelma Ergeç
(Actor, Psychologist, Model)

01 November 1978

Hamm

Scorpio

Zeynep SeverZeynep Sever
(Volleyball player, Model, Beauty pageant contestant)

09 July 1989

Istanbul

Cancer

Barış FalayBarış Falay
(Actor, Film actor)

09 April 1972

Balıkesir

Aries

Ömer ToprakÖmer Toprak
(Association football player)

21 July 1989

Ravensburg

Cancer

Sinem KobalSinem Kobal
(Actor, Model)

14 August 1987

Istanbul

Leo

Ahmet Necdet SezerAhmet Necdet Sezer
(Judge, Politician)

13 September 1941

Afyonkarahisar

Virgo

Leyla ZanaLeyla Zana
(Politician, Activist, Writer, Journalist)

03 May 1961

Silvan

Taurus

Necmettin ErbakanNecmettin Erbakan
(politician, engineer, university teacher)

29 October 1926

27 February 2011

Sinop

Scorpio

Kemal SunalKemal Sunal
(Actor, Screenwriter)

11 November 1944

03 July 2000

Istanbul

Scorpio

Erkan ZenginErkan Zengin
(Association football player)

05 August 1985

Kulu

Leo

Atdhe NuhiuAtdhe Nuhiu
(Association football player)

29 July 1989

Prishtina

Leo

Yunus EmreYunus Emre
(poet, writer)

1240 AD

1321 AD

Asia Minor

Serdar TasciSerdar Tasci
(Association football player)

24 April 1987

Esslingen am Neckar

Taurus

Hakan FidanHakan Fidan
(civil servant, diplomat)

1968 AD

Ankara

Gizem KaracaGizem Karaca
(actor, model, beauty pageant contestant)

09 July 1992

Istanbul

Cancer

Cemal GürselCemal Gürsel
(Politician, Officer)

13 October 1895

14 September 1966

Erzurum

Libra

Aziz NesinAziz Nesin
(Poet, Writer, Novelist, Children's writer, Journalist, Author)

20 December 1915

06 July 1995

Heybeliada

Sagittarius

Sedat PekerSedat Peker
(Businessperson)

26 June 1971

Sakarya Province

Cancer

Ali BabacanAli Babacan
(Politician, Diplomat)

04 April 1967

Ankara

Aries

Murat YakinMurat Yakin
(Association football player, Association football manager)

15 September 1974

Basel

Virgo

Veli KavlakVeli Kavlak
(Association football player)

03 November 1988

Vienna

Scorpio

Cevat YerliCevat Yerli
(entrepreneur)

1978 AD

Giresun

Sultan CemSultan Cem
(poet)

22 December 1459

06 March 1495

Edirne

Sagittarius

Tardu FlordunTardu Flordun
(Actor, Film actor)

25 May 1972

Ankara

Gemini

Burhan Asaf BelgeBurhan Asaf Belge
(politician)

1899 AD

1967 AD

Damascus

Hakan YakinHakan Yakin
(Association football player)

22 February 1977

Basel

Pisces

Özgü NamalÖzgü Namal
(Actor, Film actor)

28 December 1978

Üsküdar

Capricorn

Haluk BilginerHaluk Bilginer
(Stage actor, Film actor)

05 June 1954

İzmir

Gemini

Deniz BaykalDeniz Baykal
(Diplomat, Politician, Lawyer)

20 July 1938

Antalya

Cancer

Fevzi ÇakmakFevzi Çakmak
(Politician, Military personnel)

12 January 1876

10 April 1950

Constantinople

Capricorn

Mehmet EkiciMehmet Ekici
(Association football player)

25 March 1990

Munich

Aries

Çetin AltanÇetin Altan
(politician, author, writer, journalist)

22 June 1927

22 October 2015

Istanbul

Cancer

Ayşe KulinAyşe Kulin
(novelist, columnist, short story writer, author, writer, journalist)

26 August 1941

Istanbul

Virgo

İbrahim Kaypakkayaİbrahim Kaypakkaya
(politician)

1949 AD

18 May 1973

Çorum Province

Oğuz AtayOğuz Atay
(Civil engineer, Engineer, Writer, Playwright, University teacher)

12 October 1934

13 December 1977

İnebolu

Libra

Tarık AkanTarık Akan
(Actor)

13 December 1949

16 September 2016

Istanbul

Sagittarius

Yıldırım AkbulutYıldırım Akbulut
(politician, lawyer)

1935 AD

Erzincan

İsmail Cem İpekçiİsmail Cem İpekçi

15 February 1940

24 January 2007

Istanbul

Aquarius

Şükrü KayaŞükrü Kaya
(diplomat, politician, minister of agriculture, translator)

09 March 1883

10 January 1959

Kos

Pisces

Pınar SelekPınar Selek
(Writer, Sociologist, Human rights activist, Children's writer)

08 October 1971

Istanbul

Libra

Şafak SezerŞafak Sezer
(Actor)

10 October 1970

Sincan

Libra

İhsan Oktay Anarİhsan Oktay Anar
(philosopher)

1960 AD

Yozgat

İlhan Berkİlhan Berk
(Poet, Author, Translator, Writer)

18 November 1918

28 August 2008

Manisa

Scorpio

Rıza NurRıza Nur
(Politician, Historian)

30 August 1879

08 September 1942

Sinop

Virgo

Uğur TanerUğur Taner
(swimmer)

20 June 1974

Istanbul

Gemini

Uğur PolatUğur Polat
(actor)

01 January 1961

Istanbul

Capricorn

İskender Palaİskender Pala
(Author)

08 June 1958

Uşak

Gemini

Barış EyribozBarış Eyriboz
(Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer)

10 July 1976

Karadeniz Ereğli

Cancer

Oğuzhan KefkirOğuzhan Kefkir
(Association football player)

27 August 1991

Wuppertal

Virgo

İbrahim Aydemirİbrahim Aydemir
(Association football player)

19 May 1983

Augsburg

Taurus

İlhan Erdostİlhan Erdost
(Publisher)

17 December 1944

07 November 1980

Tokat

Sagittarius

Asım AkinAsım Akin
(author, university teacher, writer)

1940 AD

Istanbul

Beşir AtalayBeşir Atalay
(politician, university teacher)

01 April 1947

Keskin

Aries

İskilipli Mehmed Atıf Hocaİskilipli Mehmed Atıf Hoca
(author, writer)

1875 AD

04 February 1926

İskilip

Namık Kemal YolgaNamık Kemal Yolga
(diplomat)

1914 AD

21 December 2001

Ragıp ZarakoluRagıp Zarakolu
(journalist, author, publisher, translator)

1948 AD

Turkey

Yaşar KemalYaşar Kemal
(Screenwriter, Novelist, Writer, Journalist)

06 October 1923

28 February 2015

Gökçedam

Libra

Be it founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk or religious leader Haci Bektas¸ Veli, founder of the Bektashi dervishes, Mevlana, author of the epic Mesnevi and founder of the Mevlevi dervishes or reverend literary figure Yunus Emre or Katip Celebi, traveller Evliya Celebi or journalist Sinasi, Turkey have been the address of many prolific people from various genres. But these are just the handful of the famous Turks including architect Sinan, miniaturist Abducelil Celebi Levni, painter Bedri Rahmi Eyuboglu or composers Ulvi Cemal Erkin. Interestingly, Turkish people have left an indelible mark on everything, right from history to culture, literature to science, politics to economics and so on. Know more about famous Turks and their role in the advancement of their nation with this section below.

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