It is certain that the Turkish actor Kenan Imirzalioglu has been of the most talented actors on Turkish TV & Cinema for the last 2 decades. With his charm and stunning acting performance, he became one of the best actors in Turkey. What’s more, there is no doubt that his fame has also been spreading around the world.
Who is Kenan Imirzalioglu?
Kenan Imirzalioglu was born on the 18th of June 1974 in the village Üçem, which is located in the Bala province of Ankara. He studied his middle school and high school in Ankara. After graduating from high school, he didn’t succeed well in university exams on his first try.
After the disappointment, he returned to his village and prepared for the national university examinations. On his second attempt, he succeeded to enter for Istanbul Yıldız Technical University Mathematics Faculty. Then, he moved to Istanbul for university education.
Kenan Imirzalioglu’s Charming Good-Looking
The actor was a good-looking young man. Because of his height and good-looking, his friends were insisting he become a model. By this advice and as a result of the insistence, Kenan Imirzalioglu started to work with a modeling agency. After his modeling career started, he joined the contest of Best Model of Turkey.
Thus, he took first place in the contest, became the Best Model of Turkey. Following his being the first in the contest, he then joined the Best Model of The World contest. With his great success, he also took first place in the worldwide contest and became the Best Model of The World. This was the first time a Turkish model won such a prize. Thus, doors for fame for him opened all the way through…
So, The Career Begins…
After the contest, he got many offers from the TV producers. The famous director Osman Sınav offered him the leading role of the TV series “Deli Yürek” (Wild Heart). Kenan Imirzalioglu accepted this offer as he liked Mr. Osman Sınav very much over his professional career. After the finishing of the Deli Yürek series, he starred in his first movie “Deli Yürek-Bumerang Cehennemi” (Mad Heart-Boomerang Inferno). By the way, the series Deli Yürek (Wild Heart) was the first Turkish original series ever broadcast on international TVs and platforms.
After the movie of Deli Yürek is completed, he went to the U.S.A. for language education. After his return, he got more offers for new movie and TV projects. He picked the project “Alacakaranlık” (Twilight), which was written and directed by Uğur Yücel. After this project, he starred in the movie of “Yazı Tura” (Heads and Tails), which was also produced by the Alacakaranlık team.
Another Boom from Kenan Imirzalioglu with “Acı Hayat” (The Bitter Life)
The next TV series project was “Acı Hayat” (The Bitter Life), which was based on the original movie dated 1962. With his influential performance, the actor increased his popularity among the Turkish audience.
In the year of 2006, he starred in the movie of “Son Osmanlı: Yandım Ali” (The Last Ottoman: Yandım Ali)” which is based on the cartoon of Suat Yalaz.
As his performance was increasing, the offers continued to increase, and he starred in the movie “Kabadayı” (For Love and Honor). In this feature film, the actor acted along with the legendary veteran Turkish actor Şener Şen. Besides his TV series and dramas, this movie became one of the peaks of his movie career, as well.
The Pick in Kenan Imirzalioglu’s Career: Ezel
After this project, his next and the most successful project was the phenomenon Turkish TV drama “Ezel“. Ezel became so popular that it took number one place in the TV ratings. The series lasted from 2009 to 2011 during 71 episodes. Then, it started to be aired abroad. Ezel was undoubtedly one of the most popular Turkish series ever on national TV broadcasts. With its extraordinary and original story and powerful casting, it still has very dedicated fans even though it left behind a decade.
The drama brought together some of the best names in the Turkish TV and cinema sector. Some of them are Cansu Dere, Baris Falay, Yigit Ozsener, and Bade Iscil. And of course, we must mention that the immortal Turkish actor Tuncel Kurtiz struck with admiration thanks to his unforgettable acting skill.
Another Well-Done Turkish Drama: Karadayi
In 2012, a new major Turkish TV drama “Karadayı” was announced. Karadayı had a great selection of actors and actresses. Berguzar Korel and Çetin Tekindor are the other stars of the series. With these two great talented artists, Karadayı became another unforgettable TV project and it continued between 2012-2015. The series did lead for 3 years and 115 episodes. Furthermore, the shining coupling of Kenan Imirzalioglu and Berguzar Korel fascinated the audience.
What About His Private Life?
The actor has never been on the agenda with his private life, but his works. He has always had a steady private life stayed away from magazine’s flashes. But in 2016, on May 14, the actor married the beautiful Turkish actress Sinem Kobal. Later on, in 2020, actress Sinem Kobal gave her first birth to baby girl Lalin.
Kenan Imirzalioglu in Brief:
- His parents are farmers. He has a sister and a brother,
- He is 1.90 cm height and 90 kgs weight, his shoes are number 46,
- His zodiac sign is Gemini,
- He doesn’t like nightlife,
- He likes reading and listening to music,
- The actor loves drinking tea, he is an enthusiast indeed,
- His favorite is the blend which he prepares on his own,
- He loves eating meat in his meals,
- He eats honey every day in his breakfast,
- The actor loves forests, and he has a great passion for nature
- Deli Yürek – as Yusuf Miroğlu – 1998-2002
- Deli Yürek: Bumerang Cehennemi – as Yusuf Miroğlu – 2001
- Alacakaranlık – as Ferit Çağlayan – 2003
- Yazı Tura – as Hayalet Cevher – 2004
- Acı Hayat – as Mehmet Kosovalı – 2005-2006
- Son Osmanlı Yandim Ali – as Ali – 2007
- Kabadayi – as Devran – 2007
- Ejder Kapani – as Akrep Celal – 2010
- Ezel – as Ezel Bayraktar – 2009-2011
- Karadayı -as Mahir Kara – 2012-2015
Career of Kenan Imirzalioglu after 2015
- Cingöz Recai: Bir Efsanenin Dönüşü (Cingöz Recai: Return of a Legend) – as Recai – 2017
- Mehmed: Bir Cihan Fatihi (The Conqueror) – as Mehmed the Conqueror – 2018
(The series didn’t become successful and only lasted for 6 episodes even though it was a very assertive production then.)
- Alef (Aleph) – as Kemal – 2020
Alef (Aleph) was a mini internet series aired on the Turkish digital entertainment platform Blu TV. The story of ALEF comprises of two detectives in Istanbul. These two detectives try to solve the secrets of two homicides that revealed with the exploring a corpse. The officers founded the corpses in the depth of Istanbul’s Bosphorus.
Genres were action, crime, drama, mystery, and thriller. The 8 episodes mini-internet series “Aleph” series entered Variety’s Top 15 International Series List.
Kenan Imirzalioglu on Social Media
The accomplished Turkish actor Kenan Imirzalioglu neither has an Instagram account nor a Twitter.
Before forget, he has been now running the popular television content “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” on Turkish broadcaster ATV since 2019.