Art

The Last Actorman

While we were there, one of his friends stopped by for the day… Who just so happened to be one of Turkey’s most beloved superstars, Kenan Imirzalioglu.

Story by Citizen Brooklyn - lora@citizenbrooklyn.com Photos by Icarus Blake

Kenan Imirzalıoglu from Citizen Brooklyn on Vimeo.

We were staying at the Bozburun Yacht Club, in Southern Turkey, doing a story on the owner Edhem’s family and the history of the club. While we were there, one of his friends stopped by for the day… Who just so happened to be one of Turkey’s most beloved superstars, Kenan Imirzalioglu, taking a break from the big city. Having already had lunch together, we found it only appropriate to grab a quick interview.

Photo © Icarus Blake

Kenan İmirzalıoğlu Photo © Icarus Blake

He told us about the Turkish television industry, and how it has become incredible successful in recent years locally, as well as through syndication. But, because of this, the workload has also increased dramatically and therefore he would like to work on more films, locally and with foreign directors. He has been offered smaller parts in foreign films before, but had to decline due to scheduling conflicts. He feels that the Turkish film industry is improving, but is not yet able to fully express some of the great stories that exist in the culture, through the medium of film.

Photo provided by  Kenan İmirzalıoğlu

Photo provided by
Kenan İmirzalıoğlu

He enjoys films that are ahead of their time, his favorite being “Citizen Kane”. Of the roles he has played, although all of them are “like his children”, his favorite was “The Last Ottoman” because although the hero is sympathetic he exhibits very human flaws such as womanizing and drinking, making it more fun and dynamic.

Photo © Icarus Blake

Kenan İmirzalıoğlu Photo © Icarus Blake

The sexy, trained mathematician and son of rural farmers rocketed to stardom after winning both the Best Model in Turkey and Best Model in the World contests. The inevitable TV series offer followed, and soon after Kenan made the easy transition into bonafide movie star.

This 6’2″, devastatingly handsome performer parlayed his leading man looks into national stardom, captivating the hearts of his people.

Photo © Icarus Blake

Kenan İmirzalıoğlu Photo © Icarus Blake

On the big and small screens, Turkish audiences can’t get enough of his talent in “The Last Ottoman”, “Crazy Heart: Boomerang Hell”, “Toss Up”, “Dragon trap”, “For Love and Honor” and the number one television show, “Eternity”.

A tea enthusiast, he prepares his own and is rumored to have honey every morning… The bee kind. What were you thinking?

Photo provided by  Kenan İmirzalıoğlu

Photo provided by
Kenan İmirzalıoğlu

24 Responses to “The Last Actorman”

  1. anna says:

    I think Kenan Imirzalioglu is the best actor in the world.

  2. diana says:

    Keno is so charming , so cute , so nice , at all he is unbelievable man and amazing actor !

  3. gaya says:

    This guy is HOT !!!

  4. Alison says:

    Love, love, LOVE Kenan. I am still working on trying to see as much of the “Ezel (Eternity)l” as I can. It is better than any American show I have seen…in fact…in my almost 42 years of life, I don’t think I have seen a better series. It has everything…drama, romance, suspense, BRILLIANT writing and AMAZING acting by ALL the characters. If you haven’t seen it, you MUST. But I will warn you, it’s addictive. Many times I have found myself “in a corner, rocking back and forth” waiting for another episode to be subtitled in English.

    I REALLY hope we can see more of this very talented man!

  5. Rania Makri says:

    well , i would say that Kenan is the creator of a New Generation in women;s mind ,,,,after Attila ,,the Hun …,,,,,Kenan is THE ultimate Male as well as a very cute man ,,,,,well I think he is ready for HOLLYWOOD,

    VIVA KENAN ,,,,by the way ,,in Athens every woman knows Kenan ,,,,

  6. diana says:

    Ben hayır, hayır, Keno Hollywood’un etmezler ve yok !!!

  7. Rania Makri says:

    My dear Diana , i dont speak turkish , i cannot understand what you are writing ,,i wish i could ,,,,,???

  8. […] Takže všechny fanynky nejen seriálu Ezel, RYCHLE SEM!!! […]

  9. Andrea says:

    I know Kenan,in real I’ ve hear for him..I saw some episodes with him in youtube.He is really AMAZING!!! He can be a new STAR in Hollywood !

  10. Megan says:

    I’m from America. My friend live in Italy.She talk me for Kenan..she said that he is AMAZING.And he really is.He is magnificent,brilliant.I’m in love with his talent,his face,his character,his mind.Everything.Keno please come in America..!

  11. diana says:

    No, I do not give keno Hollywood, Hollywood is grinder and grind him with their American actors and movies are stupid and compote. Keno is so unique and colorful, Turkish films are meaningful and beautiful. America will disembody Keno.

    • Debraha says:

      I agree….Hollywood is overrated and the films are for the simple minded. Hollywood would give him awful small parts and not showcase his talent properly. He is better off maybe with European film industry…maybe french.

  12. rania makri says:

    well ,,,i think that KENANN can decide where he wants to live ,,,he is a new souper star ,,,so he has to choose if he wants ..luxurious life and to much money and fame ,,he

    has to go to hollywood , if he wants simple life ,,,,he can stay i Istambul ,,wherever he goes i beleive he has a star that is following him ,,,,,,

  13. diana says:

    I express my own feelings, of course that Kenan will decide for himself. my feeling is that he may take part in America but he will live in Turkey. we Orientals are difficult to adapt to another location, especially in America.Life in Turkey is also very nice and luxurious, you obviously have never been there. I live in Bulgaria, the countries neighboring Turkey and go to Istanbul often. Turkey is a richer country by the U.S. at the moment, Kenan has it all here, and here are his family and friends, it will not change anything tray for a little more money and a lot more nerves. Orientals are different!

  14. mercan says:

    Kenan is the best actor in the world. WooaaAAAw very nice pictures and video. Top quality!

  15. Arif says:

    Kenan is a very handsome and talented actor. I saw some of his clips accidentally on youtube…..and fell in love with his work. He is a modern time icon for the Turks….and feel he has a long way to go….Keep it up Kenan u have a fan here from Mumbai…..India.

  16. saloomeh says:

    Kenanis best doctor in word he is very very very beautiful. I love you kenan

  17. saeedeh says:

    kenan love me

  18. Kathleen Rousseau says:

    I have been a fan of Kenan for quite some time. Have seen his movies/tv series, at least 5 times each. He is an amazing actor.. Looking forward to his new series coming I believe in 2018….

  19. Astrid Tollefsen says:

    He really is the best and as a person he is very special…..loved by all the women from 16-90…we all want to hug him and see that wonderful smile.
    I see him as the ultimate James Bond….the best James Bond with an accent.. Anyone agree???….He would also do well on Broadway in a really good drama as well as London’s West End. He certainly would be welcome here on Cape Cod and it’s lovely beaches….
    He is a delight and a true artist who gets better as he matures. He will be at his most handsome and masculine from about 45-60…he will shine with graying hair…who could resist??and I am claiming him as my honorary second son…
    .And he appears to be a role model for his faith and that is important for the world to see…his kindness, empathy, gentle attitude and universal love can reverse many of the negative attitudes instilled by the terrorists. Seems like Kenan has a great role to play on this earth…and he is the right man at the right time for that……Much love and respect, to you, Kenan. .

  20. rita seger says:

    how can I get a signed picture of Kenan????

  21. Jean Lockett says:

    I first saw him in Ezell then Karaday on Netflix. I saw 93 episodes of Karaday but can’t get the rest and waiting for them.
    Saw 73 of Ezel and the same can’t get the continuation. They should bring Back
    Karaday and continue it and Ezel. Best shows I’ve seen and never watched any shows over and over as I these except God father.
    He is the total man best looking and I imagine him being this way in real life..
    He is my favorite actor and totally introduced me to Istanbul little tea gardens will visit Istanbul. What’s coming new for Americans to see of him?
    Kenyan is the best.
    God bless you and your beautiful wife and future.
    Love you,
    Jean L