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Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ
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Tatlıtuğ at the Tribeca Film Festival, 2009
Born 27 October 1983 (1983-10-27) (age 37)
Adana, Turkey
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 2002–present
Spouse(s)
Başak Dizer Tatlıtuğ (m. 2016)
Children 2

Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ ( born 27 October 1983) is a Turkish actor, model, and former basketball player. He is one of the highest-paid actors in Turkey and has won many awards, including three Golden Butterfly Awards and a Yeşilçam Cinema Award. Tatlıtuğ won the pageants Best Model of Turkey and Best Model of the World in 2002. Tatlıtuğ has established himself as a leading actor of Turkey with roles in several of the highly successful television series, that includes Menekşe ile Halil (2007–2008), Aşk-ı Memnu (2008–2010), Kuzey Güney (2011–2013) and Cesur ve Güzel (2016–2017), all of which garnered him critical acclaim and international recognition.

Early life and family

Tatlıtuğ was born on 27 October 1983, in Adana, to Erdem and Nurten Tatlıtuğ. During an interview he has stated that his father is of Albanian descent from the city of Pristina. His father is from Sarajevo on mother side. He has said that he was born and raised in Adana and that his family has had a bakery business in the city for more than a hundred years. He studied at Yenice Çağ Private High School, where he excelled in basketball. Due to his father's illness, the family moved to Istanbul so that his father could receive proper treatment. In Istanbul, he joined the Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe, Ülkerspor, "Fiskobirlik", "Güney Sanayi", "Çukurova Kulübü", "Devlet Su İşleri" and "Tarsus Amerikan Kulübü" clubs as a professional U18 basketball player. Due to a dislocated leg, he left basketball. He graduated from Istanbul Kultur University in 2013. He married stylist Başak Dizer on 19 February 2016 at the Turkish embassy in Paris. A sculpture of Tatlıtuğ has been displayed in Madame Tussauds Istanbul.

Career

Kıvanç hosted some pageants and shows. He starred in Gümüş as the character Mehmet Şadoğlu. He acted in the comedy film Americans at the Black Sea, which was directed by Kartal Tibet. He has also starred in other shows such as Menekşe ile Halil, where he played alongside of Sedef Avcı. In the series Aşk-ı Memnu, Kıvanç shared the leading role with Beren Saat. He provided the voice of Ken for the Turkish dubbed version of Toy Story 3.

A turning point in Tatlıtuğ's career was when he played as Sekiz in Ezel. Since 2011, he has portrayed Kuzey Tekinoğlu in the Kanal D drama series Kuzey Güney, which ended in June 2013. He won two Golden Butterfly Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in Aşk-ı Memnu and "Kuzey ve Güney". Tatlıtuğ played the poet Muzaffer Tayyip Uslu in the drama film Kelebeğin Rüyası with Farah Zeynep Abdullah. Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ won Yeşilçam Cinema Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role and other awards for his performance as Muzaffer Tayyip Usl. He later acted in the TV series Kurt Seyit ve Şura with Farah Zeynep Abdullah in 2014 and in Cesur ve Güzel with Tuba Büyüküstün in 2016–2017 as Cesur Alemdaroğlu.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Americans at the Black Sea Muzaffer Main role
2010 Toy Story 3 (Turkish dubbed version) Ken Voice acting
2013 Kelebeğin Rüyası Muzaffer Tayyip Uslu Main role
2018 Hadi Be Oğlum Ali Main role
2018 Organize İşler 2: Sazan Sarmalı Sarı Saruhan

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2005–2007 Gümüş Mehmet Şadoğlu Main role
2006 Acemi Cadi Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ One episode
2007–2008 Menekşe ile Halil Halil Tuğlu Main role
2008–2010 Aşk-ı Memnu Behlül Haznedar Main role
2010 Ezel Sekiz/Ramiz Karaeski Few episodes
2011–2013 Kuzey Güney Kuzey Tekinoğlu Main role
2014 Kurt Seyit ve Şura Kurt Seyit Main role
2016–2017 Cesur ve Güzel Cesur Alemdaroğlu Main role
2018–2019 Çarpışma Kadir Adalı Main role

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2002 Best Model of Turkey - Himself Won
2002 Best Model of the World - Himself Won
2009 Galatasaray University Best Actor Aşk-ı Memnu Won
2009 İstek Özel Semiha Şakir High School Best Actor Aşk-ı Memnu Won
2009 İstanbul Aydın University Best Actor Aşk-ı Memnu Won
2009 Beykent University Best Actor Aşk-ı Memnu Won
2009 36th Golden Butterfly Awards Best Actor Aşk-ı Memnu Won
2010 Elle Style Awards Most Stylish Actor Aşk-ı Memnu Won
2011 10th Yıldız Technical University Awards Best Actor Kuzey Güney Won
2011 Radio Television Journalists Association (RTGD Oscars) Actor of the Year Kuzey Güney Won
2012 Galatasaray University Business Club Best TV Actor of the Year Kuzey Güney Won
2012 39th Golden Butterfly Awards Best Actor Kuzey Güney Won
2012 11. ROTABEST Awards Best TV Actor of the Year Kuzey Güney Won
2012 Esenler Municipality Best TV Actor Kuzey Güney Won
2012 Burç Anadolu Communication Vocational High School Awards Best Actor Kuzey Güney Won
2012 Quality of Magazine Actor with the Best Quality Kuzey Güney Won
2012 Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Most Admired TV Actor Kuzey Güney Won
2012 MGD 18th Golden Objective Awards Best TV Drama Actor of the Year Kuzey Güney Won
2013 11th Yıldız Technical University Awards Most Admired TV Actor Kuzey Güney Won
2013 20th ITÜ EMÖS Achievement Awards Most Successful Actor of the Year Kuzey Güney Won
2013 Yeditepe University Awards Best Actor Kuzey Güney Won
2013 TelevizyonDizisi.com The Best Awards Best Actor Kuzey Güney Won
2013 MGD 19th Golden Objective Awards Best Movie Actor Kelebeğin Rüyası Won
2013 18. Sadri Alışık Awards Most Successful Actor of the Year Kelebeğin Rüyası Won
2013 MEF High School Distinguishing Awards of the Year Most Distinguishing Actor Kelebeğin Rüyası Won
2014 Milliyet Sanat Journal Readers Awards Best Actor Kelebeğin Rüyası Won
2014 46th Turkish Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Kelebeğin Rüyası Won
2016 GQ Turkey Awards Best Actor Cesur ve Güzel Won
2017 TelevizyonDizisi.com The Best Awards Best TV Couple (Cesur - Sühan) Cesur ve Güzel Won
2017 Sayidaty Magazine Awards Best Actor Cesur ve Güzel Won
2017 Seoul International Drama Awards Best Actor Cesur ve Güzel Nominated
2017 Dubai International Arab Festival Best TV Couple Cesur ve Güzel Won
2017 44th Golden Butterfly Awards Miracle Creators - Won
2018 Istanbul Kültür University (İKÜ) Career Honorary Awards Most Admired Movie Actor of the Year Hadi Be Oğlum Won
2018 2nd Bosphorus Awards Best Actor Hadi Be Oğlum Won
2018 DORinsight Awards Best Actor of the Year Çarpışma Won
2018 17th Yıldız Technical University Awards Most Admired TV Actor Çarpışma Won
2019 MEF High School Distinguishing Awards of the Year Most Distinguishing Actor Çarpışma Won
2019 13th Galatasaray University The Best Awards Best TV/Movie Actor of the Year Çarpışma / Hadi Be Oğlum Won
2019 24th Sadri Alışık Awards Most Successful Comedy Actor of the Year Organize İşler 2: Sazan Sarmalı Won
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