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Cem Yılmaz
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Born (1973-04-23) 23 April 1973 (age 50)
Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Alma mater Boğaziçi University
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • musician
  • filmmaker
Years active 1995–present
Ahu Yağtu
(m. 2012; div. 2013)
Children 1
Relatives Tolga Çevik (brother-in-law)

Cem Yılmaz (Turkish pronunciation: [ˈdʒem jɯɫˈmaz], born 23 April 1973) is a Turkish actor, stand-up comedian, musician, filmmaker, screen writer, and cartoonist. He is best known for his films G.O.R.A. (2004), A.R.O.G (2008) and Yahşi Batı (2010), and has won two Sadri Alışık awards for his roles in Organize İşler (2005) and The Magician (2006). His international films are Russell Crowe's film "Water Diviner" and Ferzan Özpetek's film "Magnifica presenza".

Early life and education

Yılmaz was born on 23 April 1973 in Istanbul. His family is paternally from Gürün, Sivas, while maternal part of his family is of Turkish origin who immigrated from Thessaloniki, Ottoman Empire (nowadays in Greece). He went to primary school at the Mehmet Akif School. He then got enrolled in the Bahçelievler Kazım Karabekir Secondary School, and then Etiler Anadolu Tourism Vocational High School, eventually going to Boğaziçi University and finishing his studies in Tourism and Hotel Management.


In 1998, he had his cinematic debut with the movie Everything's Gonna Be Great. Yilmaz achieved his greatest success by starring in and writing the big-budget sci-fi parody G.O.R.A. (2004), also directed by Ömer Faruk Sorak. Despite spending several years in production because of financial and other technical problems, G.O.R.A. became a box-office hit and, according to Rekin Teksoy, "showed that popular cinema was successful in appealing to wide audiences". He has since repeated his box office successes with a sequel to G.O.R.A called A.R.O.G., The Magician and Yahşi Batı, and has appeared in more than 10 films and worked as a voice actor in a number of motion pictures. He played in movie "Water Diviner" of Russell Crowe.

Yılmaz started doing stand-up shows in the bars of Leman Kültür in the early 1990s. He has since created four stand-up specials. In addition, he has directed the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra twice.

During the course of his career, Cem Yılmaz has been the commercial face of Panasonic, Opet, Türk Telekom, Türkiye İş Bankası and Doritos, among others. The caricatures that he has drawn and the scenario of three of his movies that were released in the form of a book were well-received by fans.

He has also received a number of awards inside Turkey including a "Best Actor Award" at the Sadri Alışık Awards and the 4th Yeşilçam Awards.

Personal life

On 10 March 2012, he married Ahu Yağtu. The couple divorced on 31 December 2013. Together they have a son named Kemal.

With 14.4 million followers on Twitter, he's also the most subscribed Turkish artist on YouTube.


Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Producer Writer Actor Role
1998 Everything's Gonna Be Great (Turkish: Her Şey Çok Güzel Olacak) Yes Yes Altan Çamlı
2001 Vizontele Yes Fikri
2004 G.O.R.A. Yes Yes Arif Işık/Komutan Logar
2005 Organize İşler Yes Müslüm Duralmaz Won Sadri Alışık Best Supporting Actor award
2006 The Magician (Turkish: Hokkabaz) Yes Yes Yes İskender Tünaydın Won BIIFF and Sadri Alışık Best Actor awards
2007 Bee Movie Yes Barry B. Benson Voice actor (Turkish dub)
2008 A.R.O.G Yes Yes Yes Yes Arif Işık/Komutan Logar
2010 Yahşi Batı Yes Yes Yes Aziz Vefa
Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard Yes Arthur Voice actor (Turkish dub)
Zephyr (Turkish: Zefir) Yes Voice actor (special appearance). Belma Baş's first long movie, it was sponsored by Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Hunting Season (Turkish: Av Mevsimi) Yes "Crazy" İdris Cem Yılmaz and Şener Şen shared the leading roles. It was directed by Yavuz Turgul.
4th Yeşilçam Awards: "Best Actor"
2012 Magnificent Presence Yes Yusuf Antep Directed by Ferzan Özpetek, it was released in March 2012.
2013 CM101MMXI FUNDAMENTALS Yes Yes Yes Theatrical release of Cem Yilmaz's latest stand up show, CM101MMXI FUNDAMENTALS.
2014 The Water Diviner Yes Sergeant Jemal (Cemal) First feature film directed by Russell Crowe
Coming Soon Yes Yes Yes Yes Zafer Yıldız/Beşir At the 20th Sadri Alışık Awards, he won the "Most Successful Actor" award in the musical/comedy category.
2015 Ali Baba and the Seven Dwarfs Yes Yes Yes Yes Ali Şenay/Boris Mancov
2016 İftarlık Gazoz Yes Cibar Kemal The story takes place in the 1970s.
Zootopia Yes Nick Wilde Voice actor (Turkish dub)
2017 Deli Aşk Yes Yes Erman Eratlı
2018 Arif V 216 Yes Yes Yes Arif Işık Sequel to G.O.R.A and A.R.O.G
2019 Karakomik Filmler Yes Yes Yes Yes Ayzek, Alpay A cinematic release consisting of two separate movies, Kaçamak and 2 Arada.
2020 Karakomik Filmler 2 Yes Yes Yes Yes Güven, Birol A cinematic release consisting of two separate movies, Deli and Emanet.

Recurring collaborators

Oyuncu Everything's Gonna Be Great (1998) G.O.R.A. (2004) The Magician (2006) A.R.O.G (2008) Yahşi Batı (2010) Coming Soon (2014) Ali Baba and the Seven Dwarfs (2015) Arif V 216 (2018) Karakomik Filmler (2019) Karakomik Filmler 2 (2020)
Mazhar Alanson Yes Yes
Özkan Uğur Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ozan Güven Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Özge Özberk Yes Yes Yes
Zafer Algöz Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Çağlar Çorumlu Yes Yes Yes


Year Title Notes
1999 Milenyum Stand up
1999 Bir Tat Bir Doku Stand up
2007 CMYLMZ Stand up
2010 CMYLMZ Soru & Cevap Stand up
2011 CM101MMXI Fundamentals Stand up
2014 STANDartCY Stand up
2021 CMYLMZ Diamond Elite Platinum Plus Stand up

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