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Who is Tuncel Kurtiz (Ramiz Dayi)?

Tuncel Kurtiz was born on February 1, 1936 in the Bahcecik district of Izmit, the son of Turkish bureaucrat Hamdi Vala Kurtiz, who was born in Thessaloniki, and the Bosnian Mufide Kurtiz.

Kurtiz, who continued his primary education in 8 different cities due to his father’s duty, completed his secondary school in Edremit district of Balikesir.


The master actor, who graduated from Istanbul Haydarpasa High School and worked as a part-time light controller at IETT during his school years, studied law, English philology, philosophy, psychology and art history, but left the university without completing any of them.

The master name, who started acting in Haldun Dormen Theater in 1958 and continued in the cinema with the 1964 film “Seytanin Usaklari” directed by Orhan Gunsiray, acted in more than a hundred movies.

Kurtiz undertook the script and direction of the 1979 movie “Gul Hasan” and wrote the script of the 1980 movie “On Fertile Lands”.

The artist, who settled abroad after the military coup of September 12, 1980, took part in theater and cinema projects in Sweden, the USA and Germany.

He increased his fan base with the character of “Ramiz Dayi” in the TV series “Ezel”.

Tuncel Kurtiz with Kenan Imirzalioglu (Ezel)

The famous actress returned to Turkey in the 1990s and took part in the TV series “Alacakaranlik” in 2003, “Haci” in 2006, and “Asi” in 2007.

Kurtiz, who hosted his famous friends in a boutique hotel in Balikesir Edremit district Camlibel village in 2010 for a television channel, made a program called “Tuncel Kurtiz and His Friends”, and voiced the documentary “Life” in the same year.


Kurtiz, who increased his fan base in his last years of art with the characters “Ramiz Dayi” in the TV series “Ezel” and “Ebussuud Efendi” in the TV series “Muhtesem Yüzyil”, also won many awards.

From the Muhtesem Yuzyil

Kurtiz made a name for himself with his movie lines in which he sang concise words, as well as the roles he played masterfully in original productions.

Tuncel Kurtiz, “Best Screenplay” in 1981 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, “Silver Bear” in 1986 Berlin Film Festival, “Best Supporting Actor” in 1994 Golden Orange Festival, “Best Actor” in 2002 Sadri Alisik Awards. “Best Supporting Actor”, “Art” in 2008 Italy Taormina Film Festival, “Best Supporting Actor” in Yesilcam Awards, “Master Actor” in 15th Golden Boll Film Festival and 48th Golden Orange Film in 2011 He was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement” award at the festival.

The artist is married to Menend Kurtiz, has a daughter named Asli and a son named Mirza. He lost his life at the age of 77 as a result of falling and hitting his head on September 27, 2013 at his home in Istanbul Etiler.

Ece Nagihan

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