Tarik Akan’s real name is Tarik Üregül and he was born in Istanbul in 1949 and grew up in the other parts of Turkey because of his father’s job. His father was a colonel. Before he started his acting career he worked as a lifeguard on the beaches, rented boats to people… He also went on going to the university (Yildiz Teknik) at nights studying mechanical engineering. He entered a contest of a famous magazine called “Voice(Ses)” back then to earn some money and he won the contest as a first runner up… He acted in his first film in 1970, at the age of 21… He left the university and joined the journalism faculty. He learnt film grammar from the famous Turkish film director ‘Ertem Eilmez’. In 1974 the famous Turkish theatre director and writer ‘Vasif Öngören’ was his teacher. Back in the 70s, he took the young handsome lad roles in romantic comedies. Then going parallel with his age; he took roles in political strong dramas and he made it today. He has acted in 110 films and he took place in many unforgettable movies in the Turkish film history, won lots of awards from various festivals including Cannes, Berlin. He directed several productions such as documentaries and serials for TV. He’s been considered as the most handsome actor in Turkey also one of the best… He’s been an educator for 11 years now and he wrote his first book “Anne Kafamda Bit Var” (biographical) in 2002. He’s still going on with his acting career and keep enchanting his fans.