Cüneyt Arkın

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Cüneyt Arkın
Born Fahrettin Cüreklibatır
(1937-09-07) September 7, 1937 (age 81)
Gökçeoğlu village, Alpu, Eskişehir Province, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Ethnicity Crimean Tatar and Nogai
Education Medicine
Alma mater Istanbul University
Occupation Film actor, director and producer
Years active 1963–2007
Known for Martial arts combat roles
Spouse(s) Güler (Mocan) Cüreklibatır (m. 1965–1969)
Betül (Işıl) Cüretlibatur (m. 1970–present)
Children Filiz (from Güler)
Murat, Kaan Polat (from Betül)
Awards Golden Orange Award for Best Actor (1969, 1976)
Golden Boll Award for Best Actor (1973)
Website www.cuneytarkin.com.tr

Fahrettin Cüreklibatır (born September 7, 1937), better known by his stage name Cüneyt Arkın, is a Turkish film actor, director, and producer. Having starred in somewhere around 248 movies and also TV series, he is widely considered as one of the most prominent Turkish actors of all time. His films shown abroad credited him as George Arkin. Arkın's films have ranged from well-received dramas to mockbusters throughout his career spanning four decades.

Early in his career, Arkın became known for starring in historical dramas taking place during the first centuries of the Ottoman Empire and Anatolian Seljuks, such as Malkoçoğlu Cem Sultan and Battal Gazi. While gaining success with such action-based films, he also took part in political films in the late 1970s, the most famous of those being The Adam Trilogy directed by Remzi Aydın Jöntürk. Arkın and Jöntürk continued their collaboration on many other films.

In the 1980s, Arkın became known abroad for the film Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam (The Man Who Saves The World, also known as Turkish Star Wars), an extremely low-budget science fiction tentatively famous for featuring bootlegged scenes from Star Wars. Today, despite being a B movie, it has a cult following. On the set, Arkin was well known to perform many incredible feats of his martial arts combat skills,[citation needed] like jumping on the trampolines and splitting papier-mâché boulders with his fists. In one incident, an extra was harmed when he got into an argument with him over the validity of his martial arts abilities. The two sparred but the fight ended quickly when Arkin kicked him hard in the kneecap of his left leg, instantly causing the leg to buckle in the opposite direction. Later on, Arkin felt very bad for what he has done and paid a visit to the man in the hospital to apologize.[citation needed]


Fahrettin Cüreklibatur was born in the village of Gökçeoğlu in the Alpu district of Eskişehir Province, Turkey to a family of Crimean Tatar and Nogai origin.

After graduation from the university as a physician, Cüreklibatır married his classmate Güler Mocan in 1965. In 1966, their daughter Filiz was born. However, the marriage did not last long due to Cüreklibatır's newly flourishing career as a film actor.[1]

In 1968, he took the stage name Cüneyt Arkın, and met Betül Işıl, the daughter of a wealthy family that owned a tile manufacturing company. Işıl, a graduate of a university in Switzerland was working as a flight attendant at the time. They were engaged in 1969 and married in 1970, but were divorced in 1971. Soon afterwards, they remarried and Betül gave birth to two sons, Murat and Kaan Polat.[2][3] Arkın's wife and sons have starred in several of his films.[4]

Outside of acting, Arkın is also a certified medical physician and a renowned martial artist in seven disciplines.



  1. "En zoru hastanın altını temizlemekti". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 1999-12-11. Retrieved 2011-03-20. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Tekelioğlu, Tuluhan. "Cüneyt Arkın: Başka kadına el sürmedim". Haber7 (in Turkish). Retrieved 2011-03-20. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Cüneyt Arkın'ın ailesi kaza geçirdi". Moral Haber (in Turkish). 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2011-03-20. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Ailem-Cüneyt Arkın'ın kendi kaleminden ailesi" (in Turkish). Cüneyt Arkın Personal website. Retrieved 2011-03-20. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Preceded by
Fikret Hakan
Golden Orange Award
for Best Actor

for İnsanlar Yaşadıkça
Succeeded by
Yılmaz Güney
Preceded by
Kadir İnanır
Golden Boll Award for Best Actor
for Yaralı Kurt
Succeeded by
not held
Preceded by
Erkan Yücel
Golden Orange Award
for Best Actor

for Mağlup Edilemeyenler
Succeeded by
Kemal Sunal