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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.

Elia Kazan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Dec. 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

Diogenes of Sinope is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Dec. 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

Nihat Erim is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Dec. 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

Metin Yüksel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Dec. 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

Musa Anter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Dec. 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.

Mimar Sinan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Dec. 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

Aysun Kayacı is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Turkey
age 37 Aysun Kayacı is a former Turkish model, current actress and presenter.

Okan Bayülgen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Turkey
age 54 Okan Bayülgen is a Turkish actor, variety and talk show host, comedian and photographer.

Mehmet Akif Ersoy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Dec. 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

Louis Cheikho is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Dec. 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

Mahsun Kırmızıgül is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Turkey
age 49 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

Janet Akyüz Mattei is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Dec. 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

Sagopa Kajmer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Turkey
age 40 Sagopa Kajmer is a rapper, songwriter, record producer and disc jockey.

Daron Acemoğlu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Turkey
age 51 Kamer Daron Acemoğlu is a Turkish-born American economist of Armenian origin.

Sakıp Sabancı is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Dec. 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

Ahmet Ertegun is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Dec. 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

Nuri Bilge Ceylan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Turkey
age 60 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

Yaşar Doğu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Yaşar Doğu Dec. 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

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

Bülent Ecevit is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Dec. 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

Burcu Esmersoy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Turkey
age 42 Burcu Esmersoy is a Turkish anchorwoman, journalist, occasional actress, and beauty pageant contestant who represented her nation at Miss International.

Muzafer Sherif is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Dec. 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

Arif Mardin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Dec. 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

Gökhan Özen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Gökhan Özen age 39

Fan S. Noli is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Turkey
Dec. 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