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Tarik Akan in Road (Yol)
Tarik Akan in Road (Yol)

Turkish actor Tahsin Tarık Üregil, aka Tarık Akan, referred to as “one of the most notable names of the “Yeşilçam” era of modern Turkish cinema”, died Friday in Istanbul, after battling cancer. He was 66.

The actor gained international fame with his role in “Yol”(Road), which is directed by Şerif Gören and written by Yılmaz Güney. The film won the Palme d’Or at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival and Akan was nominated for “Best Actor” for his role in “Yol.”

He received an Honorable Mention at the 35th Berlin International Film Festival in 1985 with the movie “Pansiyon.”

Akan was also known for his politically leftward stance and was put on trial and imprisoned for two and a half months in 1981 for criticizing the September 12, 1980 coup in a speech in Germany. He described his prison days in his book named ‘Anne Kafamda Bit Var’ (Mom I have lice).

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