Veteran Turkish actor and director Kartal Tibet has died aged 83, actor Civan Canova announced on Instagram on Thursday evening. “Goodbye, my brother Kartal, I will miss you so much”, can one read in the press release without giving details on the cause of the death of the actor.
Tibet, who was born in the capital Ankara in 1938, graduated from the theater department of the State Conservatory of Ankara University. The films he has made or in which he has starred are the stars of Yeşilçam, the classic Turkish cinema.
A major contributor to Turkish cinema with nearly 200 films, Tibet was one of the founders of Ankara’s first private theater, Meydan Sahne, in 1961.
Tibet entered the cinema with the movie “Karaoğlan” and later appeared in the film versions of Sezgin Burak’s cartoon character, Tarkan. He has also participated in many melodramas such as “Sarmaşık Gülleri” (“Ramblers”) and “Boş Çerçeve” (“The empty frame”) as well as in many literary adaptations such as “Zambaklar Açarken” (“Where the lily “) and” Çalıkuşu “(” The Wren “). The actor was also admired for the characters he played in comedy and historical films.
Tibet, who made his directorial debut with the film “Tosun Pasha” in 1977, has made 56 films. Most of these films performed well at the box office and over 20 of them starred the late actor Kemal Sunal.
More recently, he directed the films “Dünya’yı Kurtaran Adamın Oğlu” (“Turks in Space”) and “Amerikalılar Karadeniz’de 2” (“Americans on the Black Sea 2”) in 2006.