Tuncel Kurtiz

Tuncel Tayanç Kurtiz
Born (1936-02-01)1 February 1936
Kocaeli Province, Turkey
Died 27 September 2013(2013-09-27) (aged 77)
Etiler, Istanbul, Turkey
Residence Istanbul, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Education English philology
Alma mater Istanbul University
Occupation Actor, playwright and film producer
Years active 19582013
Awards Golden Orange Award for Best Screenplay (1981)
Golden Orange Award for Best Supporting Actor (1994)
Golden Boll Award for Best Supporting Actor (1994)
Golden Orange Award for Best Supporting Actor (2007)

Tuncel Tayanç Kurtiz (1 February 1936 27 September 2013) was a Turkish theatre, movie and TV series actor, playwright, and film director Since 1964, he acted in more than 70 movies, including many international productions.

Early years

He was born in Bahçecik, Kocaeli,[1] a town in Turkey. His father was a district governor (kaymakam) and his mother is of Bosniak descent a teacher.[2] His parents' occupation was the reason the family toured many places across the country. After graduating from the Haydarpaşa High School in Istanbul, Kurtiz studied English philology at Istanbul University.


He soon started a career as an actor playing theatres. Since 1958, Kurtiz performed on many stages in Istanbul, in state and private theatres. He was also on the stage at Gothenburg City Theatre, Stockholm Royal Theatre and Swedish Theatre in Sweden, Schaubühne Berlin, Frankfurt City Theatre and Hamburg City Theatre in Germany and at Peter Brook Shakespeare Royal Theatre in England. Kurtiz directed plays for the German-Turkish theatre project "Türkisches Ensemble" in the late 1970s.

During his university years and later the military service period, he became friends with the renowned film director Yılmaz Güney. They made a number of films together. Their 1970 film Umut was prohibited to leave Turkey, but was shown in Cannes Film Festival by a smuggled copy.

His first film role was in Şeytanın Uşakları, shot in 1964. Since then, Tuncel Kurtiz played also in many international productions like Swedish, German, Dutch, Italian, French, British, Israel and Indian films and TV series, mostly in the original language.


Tuncel Kurtiz died at the age of 77 on 27 September 2013 following a fall-inflicted head trauma in his residence in Etiler, Istanbul.[3]



TV series

Directed movie



  1. Görgün, Ege (2010-10-29). "Tuncel Kurtiz Hangi Erkek Dergisine Kapak Oldu?" (in Turkish). Medyatava. Retrieved 2010-10-29.
  2. "Tuncel Kurtiz kimdir?... İşte unutulmaz Ramiz Dayı replikleri" (in Turkish). Akşam. 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2014-03-29.
  3. "Tuncel Kurtiz'den kötü haber". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2013-09-27.
  4. "Berlinale: 1986 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2011-01-14.

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Preceded by
event not held
Golden Orange Award
for Best Screenplay

for Gül Hasan
shared with Nurettin Sezer
Succeeded by
Yavuz Turgul
Preceded by
Fikret Hakan
Golden Orange Award
for Best Supporting Actor

for Bir Aşk Uğruna
shared with Oktay Kaynarca
Succeeded by
Mustafa Avkıran
Preceded by
Macit Koper
Golden Boll Award
for Best Supporting Actor

for Agrıya Dönüş
shared with Fikret Hakan
1995 for Bir Aşk Uğruna
Succeeded by
Kenan Bal
Preceded by
Civan Canova
Golden Orange Award
for Best Supporting Actor

for Yaşamın Kıyısında
Succeeded by
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