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List of famous people from Turkey, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Turkey, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Turkey you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Turkey, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

You can rank all of these people, from Şehzade Bayezid to Nicola Rossi-Lemeni.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Turkey?" or "Which celebrities were born in Turkey?" then this list is a great resource for you.

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Elia Kazan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Elia Kazan Died at 94 (1909-2003) - Elia Kazan was a Greek-American director, producer, writer and actor, described by The New York Times as "one of the most honored and influential directors in Broadway and Hollywood ...more

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Diogenes of Sinope is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Diogenes of Sinope Died at 89 (411 BC-322 BC) - Diogenes of Sinope was a Greek philosopher and one of the founders of Cynic philosophy. Also known as Diogenes the Cynic, he was born in Sinope, an Ionian colony on the Black Sea, in 412 or 404 ...more

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Nihat Erim is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Nihat Erim Died at 68 (1912-1980) - Ismail Nihat Erim was a Turkish politician and jurist. He served as the Prime Minister of Turkey for almost 14 months after the 1971 Turkish coup d'état. He was assassinated in Istanbul

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Metin Yüksel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Metin Yüksel Died at 21 (1958-1979) - Metin Yüksel, was an Islamist political and social activist from Turkey. One of the main leaders of Turkey's political Islam movement during the 1970s, he also led the Akıncılar ...more

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Musa Anter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Musa Anter Died at 69 (1920-1989) - Musa Anter, also known as "Ape Musa", was a Kurdish-Turkish dissident writer and activist. He was a Kurdish nationalist intellectual and was assassinated in September 1992.

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Mimar Sinan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Mimar Sinan Died at 99 (1489-1588) - Koca Mi'mâr Sinân Âğâ was the chief Ottoman architect and civil engineer for sultans Suleiman the Magnificent, Selim II, and Murad III. He was responsible for the ...more

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Aysun Kayacı is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Aysun Kayacı age 36 - Aysun Kayacı is a former Turkish model, current actress and presenter.

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Okan Bayülgen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Okan Bayülgen age 51 - Okan Bayülgen is a Turkish actor, variety and talk show host, comedian and photographer.

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Mehmet Akif Ersoy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Mehmet Akif Ersoy Died at 63 (1873-1936) - Mehmet Âkif Ersoy was a Turkish poet, writer, academic, member of parliament, and the author of the Turkish National Anthem. Widely regarded as one of the premiere literary minds of his ...more

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Louis Cheikho is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Louis Cheikho Died at 68 (1859-1927) - Louis Cheikho, Arabic: لويس شيخو‎, born Rizqallâh Cheikho was a Jesuit chaldean priest, Orientalist and Theologian. He is considered as a major contributor and pioneer of the rediscovery ...more

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Mahsun Kırmızıgül is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Mahsun Kırmızıgül age 48 - Mahsun Kırmızıgül is an ethnic Zaza-Kurdish singer–songwriter, actor and a director of Turkey. Mahsun Kırmızıgül is also known as a businessman for his partnership in one of the ...more

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Janet Akyüz Mattei is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Janet Akyüz Mattei Died at 61 (1943-2004) - Janet Akyüz Mattei was a Turkish-American astronomer who was the director of the American Association of Variable Star Observers from 1973 to 2004. Mattei was born in Bodrum, Turkey to a ...more

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Sagopa Kajmer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Sagopa Kajmer age 38 - Sagopa Kajmer is a rapper, songwriter, record producer and disc jockey.

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Daron Acemoğlu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Daron Acemoğlu age 49 - Kamer Daron Acemoğlu is a Turkish-born American economist of Armenian origin.

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Sakıp Sabancı is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Sakıp Sabancı Died at 71 (1933-2004) - Sakıp Sabancı was a prominent Turkish business tycoon and philanthropist. Born as the second son of a cotton trader, he worked in all the ranks of his father's business without completing high ...more

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Ahmet Ertegun is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Ahmet Ertegun Died at 83 (1923-2006) - Ahmet Ertegün, was a Turkish-American businessman, songwriter and philanthropist. He was best known as the founder and president of Atlantic Records, and for discovering and championing ...more

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Nuri Bilge Ceylan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Nuri Bilge Ceylan age 58 - Nuri Bilge Ceylan is a Turkish photographer, screenwriter, actor, and film director. He was the winner of the Palme d'Or, the highest prize at the Cannes Film Festival, in 2014. He is married to ...more

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Yaşar Doğu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Yaşar Doğu Died at 48 (1913-1961) - Yaşar Doğu, was a renowned Turkish World and Olympic champion sports wrestler in Greco-Roman and Freestyle. He was born in the village Karlı of Kavak district in Samsun province to a family of ...more

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İsmail Cem İpekçi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Turkey
İsmail Cem İpekçi Died at 67 (1940-2007) - İsmail Cem İpekçi was a Turkish politician, journalist, statesman and minister of foreign affairs.

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Bülent Ecevit is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Bülent Ecevit Died at 81 (1925-2006) - Mustafa Bülent Ecevit was a Turkish politician, poet, writer, scholar, and journalist, who served as the Prime Minister of Turkey four times between the years 1974 and 2002. He was the ...more

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Burcu Esmersoy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Burcu Esmersoy age 40 - Burcu Esmersoy is a Turkish anchorwoman, journalist, occasional actress, and beauty pageant contestant who represented her nation at Miss International.

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Muzafer Sherif is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Muzafer Sherif Died at 82 (1906-1988) - Muzafer Sherif was a Turkish-American social psychologist. He helped develop social judgment theory and realistic conflict theory. Sherif was a founder of modern social psychology, who developed ...more

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Arif Mardin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Arif Mardin Died at 74 (1932-2006) - Arif Mardin was a Turkish-American music producer, who worked with hundreds of artists across many different styles of music, including jazz, rock, soul, disco, and country. He worked at ...more

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Gökhan Özen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Gökhan Özen age 37

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Fan S. Noli is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Fan S. Noli Died at 83 (1882-1965) - Theofan Stilian Noli, better known as Fan Noli was an Albanian-American writer, scholar, diplomat, politician, historian, orator, and founder of the Albanian Orthodox Church, who served as prime ...more

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Kostas Ouranis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Kostas Ouranis Died at 63 (1890-1953) - Kostas Ouranis was an acclaimed Greek poet, travel writer and journalist.

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İhsan Yüce is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Turkey
İhsan Yüce Died at 62 (1929-1991) - İhsan Yüce was a Turkish actor and occasionally, scenarist and director.

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Umran Inan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Umran Inan age 67 - Umran Savas Inan is a scientist at Koc University and Stanford University in the field of geophysics and very low frequency radioscience. He received a Ph.D. from Stanford in 1977 under the ...more

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Osman F. Seden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Osman F. Seden Died at 74 (1924-1998) - Osman Fahir Seden usually credited as Osman F. Seden was a Turkish film director, screenwriter and film producer. He directed and wrote for over 120 films between 1955 and 1987.

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Buğra Gülsoy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Buğra Gülsoy age 35 - Buğra Gülsoy is a Turkish actor, architect, director, graphic designer and photographer.

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Tansu Çiller is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Tansu Çiller age 69 - Tansu Penbe Çiller is a Turkish economist, academician and politician who served as the 30th Prime Minister of Turkey from 1993 to 1996. She is Turkey's first and only female prime ...more

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Bernard Cornfeld is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Bernard Cornfeld Died at 68 (1927-1995) - Bernard "Bernie" Cornfeld was a prominent businessman and international financier who sold investments in US mutual funds, and who was tried and acquitted for mismanagement of one of ...more

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Henri Langlois is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Henri Langlois Died at 63 (1914-1977) - Henri Langlois was a French film archivist and cinephile. A pioneer of film preservation, Langlois was an influential figure in the history of cinema. His film screenings in Paris in the 1950s ...more

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Kemal Sunal is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Kemal Sunal Died at 56 (1944-2000) - Kemal Sunal was a Turkish actor. With "Hababam Sınıfı", "Kapıcılar Kralı" and "Davaro", Sunal gained large popularity amongst Turkish cinema goers and was famed for ...more

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Zeki Demirkubuz is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Zeki Demirkubuz age 51 - Zeki Demirkubuz is a contemporary Turkish film director, screenwriter, producer and film editor.

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Muḥammad ibn Jābir al-Ḥarrānī ... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Muḥammad ibn Jābir al-Ḥarrānī al-Battānī Died at 79 (850-929) - Abū ʿAbd Allāh Muḥammad ibn Jābir ibn Sinān al-Raqqī al-Ḥarrānī al-Ṣābiʾ al-Battānī was an Arab astronomer, astrologer, and mathematician. He introduced a number of trigonometric relations, and ...more

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Tuncel Kurtiz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Tuncel Kurtiz Died at 77 (1936-2013) - Tuncel Tayanç Kurtiz 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

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Murathan Mungan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Murathan Mungan age 61 - Murathan Mungan is a Turkish author, short story writer, playwright and poet.

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Gregory Vlastos is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Gregory Vlastos Died at 84 (1907-1991) - Gregory Vlastos was a scholar of ancient philosophy, and author of several works on Plato and Socrates. A Christian, Vlastos also wrote about Christian faith.

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Ahmet Çakar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Ahmet Çakar age 54 - Ahmet Çakar is a famous Turkish sportscaster and a former football referee.

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Ordal Demokan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Ordal Demokan Died at 58 (1946-2004) - Ordal Demokan was a Turkish physicist.

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Abdullah Gül is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Abdullah Gül age 66 - Abdullah Gül, is a Turkish politician who served as the 11th President of Turkey, in office from 2007 to 2014. He previously served for four months as Prime Minister from 2002 to 2003, and ...more

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Muzaffer Tema is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Muzaffer Tema Died at 92 (1919-2011) - Muzaffer Tema was a renowned Turkish movie actor. He was born on June 15, 1919 in Istanbul. Following his education in flute, violin and piano playing at the Istanbul Municipality Conservatory, ...more

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Ömer Kavur is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Ömer Kavur Died at 61 (1944-2005) - Ömer Kavur was a Turkish film director, producer and screenwriter. He directed 14 films between 1974 and 2003. His film Gece Yolculuğu was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the ...more

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Arthur Edmund Carewe is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Arthur Edmund Carewe Died at 53 (1884-1937) - Arthur Edmund Carewe was an Armenian-American actor in the silent and early sound film era.

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Kadir Topbaş is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Kadir Topbaş age 72 - Kadir Topbaş is a Turkish architect, businessman, politician and the current mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality in Turkey.

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Adnan Şenses is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Adnan Şenses Died at 78 (1935-2013) - Adnan Şenses was a Turkish musician and actor.

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Nejat Eczacıbaşı is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Nejat Eczacıbaşı Died at 80 (1913-1993) - Mehmet Nejat Ferit Eczacıbaşı, known simply as Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı, a second generation member of the notable Turkish Eczacıbaşı family, was a chemist, industrialist, entrepreneur and ...more

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Eren Ozker is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Eren Ozker Died at 45 (1948-1993) - Eren Ozker was a Turkish American puppeteer and actress. She was one of the original performers during the first season of Jim Henson's popular television series, The Muppet Show.

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Orhan Eskiköy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Orhan Eskiköy age 35 - Orhan Eskiköy is a film director, producer, screenwriter, editor and cinematographer.