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Tarık Akan (Birthname Tarık Tahsin Üregül) was born on December 13, 1949, Istanbul, Turkey and died on September 16, 2016, Istanbul.
He was a Turkish film actor and producer.
Akan has been active since the 1970s.
Tarik entered a movie actor contest of the magazine Ses (“Voice”), and ended up runner up. He studied acting under the eye of famous Turkish film director Ertem Eğilmez (1929–1989).
Akan made his film debut in 1970 at the age of 21 in Vefasız, and adopted the stage name “Tarık Akan”.
From 1970 to 1975, in the heydays of Yeşilçam, he acted in 12 films a year in average.
Akan appeared with Emel Sayın in Mavi Boncuk, Hülya Koçyiğit in Sev Kardeşim, Hale Soygazi in Gece Kuşu Zehra, and entered into the “list of unforgettables” with Hababam Sınıfı.
Initially, most of his roles were in romantic comedies.
Then, later in his career, he has taken on more political and dramatic roles.
His first film of this genre was Nehir, in which he shared the role with Cüneyt Arkın.
His political films like Maden, Sürü, Yol and Kanal followed.
Akan acted in a total of 110 films and won numerous awards from various festivals including Cannes and Berlin.
Tarık Akan won an Honourable Mention at the 35th Berlin International Film Festival for his role in Pehlivan.
Tarık Akan also directed several productions such as documentaries and serials for television.
During 2002, Tarık Akan published his first book Anne Kafamda Bit Var, a biography of his life and his time in prison.
During 1991, Tarık Akan took over the elementary school in Bakırköy, in which he was educated, and transferred it to his own Özel Taş İlköğretim Okulu.
He died due to lung cancer.
Tarık Akan passed away at 66 years old.