Who is Fikret Hakan?

Bumin Gaffar Çıtanak or Fikret Hakan (born 23 April 1934, Balıkesir - 11 July 2017, Istanbul), Turkish actress.

In 1950, he took his first step into the theater stages at the Sound Theater with the play "Üç Güvercin". In 1952, he moved to the cinema with the movie "Köprüaltı Çocukları". He played in 163 movies and series, and worked as a screenwriter, director and producer in the 1970s. He gained a great reputation with 'Three Friends' and 'Keşanlı Ali Destanı'.

Fikret Hakan in Hollywood

Acclaimed director Peter Collinson starring Tony Curtis and Charles Bronson will play Mercenaries (United Kingdom movie, 1970) when he came to Turkey for the film was born the opportunity to take a step to the Turkish film actors in Hollywood. Because the movie he wanted to take all Collinson in Turkey would give Turkey player to the ground. When there was a great interest in the movie's actor acceptance interviews, an actor competition was held in the Voice Theater. Fikret Hakan, Salih Güney, Erol Keskin, Aytekin Akkaya and a few Turkish actors who were successful in this competition were included in the actor list of the movie.

Fikret Hakan took an important place in the movie with the role of Colonel Ahmet Elçi. Despite her successful gestures and little English, she gained the appreciation of director Peter Collinson for her harmonious lip movements. Fikret Hakan, who provided a comfortable performance as if he was working in Hollywood for many years, received offers for various productions after the movie. In the same period no reason to be banned in Turkey after the film in an unknown manner weakened the bond between the players with Turkish officials in Hollywood. The fact that some Turkish players do not speak English at all prevented them from showing themselves outside the country despite their acting skills.

Turks living in one of the most productive age of 70 years of cinema, chose to remain despite attractive offers from Fikret Hakan in Turkey. Salih Güney, who was the assistant officer of Colonel Ahmet Elçi, played by Fikret Hakan in the film, could not speak in this movie because he did not know the language and could not get a proposal for other productions. Aytekin Akkaya, who plays one of the sacrifices of Tony Curtis in the film, won the producers' appreciation for his performance and hard work behind the camera, although he did not appear enough in the film. He was offered to play in Hollywood movies in exchange for learning English. When the Akkaya English courses in Turkey had not set aside as a result of other artists.

Fikret Hakan received the title of State Artist, which was given by the Ministry of Culture in 1998, and taught as a lecturer at Istanbul Kültür University.

On 13.11.2009, he received the title of honorary doctor from Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Department of Comparative Literature. The actor died at the age of 11 on 2017 July 83 at Kartal Lutfi Kirdar Training and Research Hospital, where he had been treated for lung cancer for some time.

Theatrical plays 

  • Bully: Nikos Kazancakis
  • Durand Boulevard (Armand Salcrou) - Ankara Art Theater - 1967
  • We Will Always Stay Children: Çığır Sahne


As a director 

  • Coming From Exile - 1971
  • Heaven's Gate - 1973
  • The Biggest Boss - 1975
  • Hammal - 1976
  • Exile - 1976

As a producer 

  • Exile - 1976

As a screenwriter 

  • Coming From Exile - 1971
  • Heaven's Gate - 1973
  • The Biggest Boss - 1975
  • Exile - 1976

As an actor 


  • In the 1960s and 1970s, when Yeşilçam was most productive, dozens of movie actors from Sadri Alışık to Fatma Girik, Yılmaz Köksal to Hülya Koçyiğit were making music records. Fikret Hakan joined this record making rush and he made a few 45 records. These plaques are:
  1. 1972 - Cemo / What They Said Is Real - Radyofon Plak 001
  2. 1974 - Dostun Gül / Löberde - Yavuz Plak 1558
  3. 1975 - The Humming / Pang of Love - Discotheque 5199


Own writings 

  • “Hamal's Uşakları” (short story), Telos Publishing, Istanbul, 1997.
  • “Retorted Wall” (poem), Serander Publications, Trabzon, 2002.
  • “Black Light (Collective Poems 1978-2008)”, Serander Publishing, Trabzon, 2008.
  • “Joe Brico Is Innocent” (short story), Umuttepe Publications, Istanbul, 2009.
  • “Night Port (Banned Unhappiness Dock)” (novel), İnkılâp Bookstore, İstanbul, 2010.
  • “Turkish Cinema History”, (memoir, cinema), İnkılâp Kitabevi, İstanbul, 2010.

Written about 

  • “Fikret Hakan - Ageless Yeşilçamlı” (review), Nigar Pösteki, Umuttepe Publications, Istanbul, 2009.
  • “Never Forget”, Feyzan Ersinan Top, Dünya Publishing, Istanbul, 2006 (Fikret Hakan was discussed with 5 other famous artists of Turkish cinema in this review)

Receives awards 

  • 1965 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, Best Actor Award, Kesanlı Ali Epic
  • 1968 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, Best Actor Award, Death Field
  • İzmir International Fair 1st Film Festival, 1965, Keşanlı Ali Destanı, Best Actor
  • 1971 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, Best Actor, Longing
  • 30. Antalya Film Festival, 1993, Liar (TV), Best Supporting Actor
  • 34. Antalya Film Festival, 1997, Liar (TV), Lifetime Honor Award
  • 2009- He received the title of honorary doctor from Eskişehir Osmangazi University.
  • 2012-Disabled Life Foundation, Lifetime Profession and Honor Award

Günceleme: 03/08/2020 11:25

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