Şahan Gökbakar

Şahan Gökbakar (born 22 October 1980) is a Turkish comedian, actor and producer.

Şahan Gökbakar
Born (1980-10-22) 22 October 1980 (age 42)
Nationality Turkey
Alma materBilkent University
OccupationActor, comedian
Selin Gökbakar
(m. 2015)

Early lifeEdit

Born in İzmir, Gökbakar grew up in Turkey's capital, Ankara, attending the primary school and high school attached to the Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ).[2] After completing high school in 1997, he went on to study acting at Bilkent University's Faculty of Music and Performing Arts in Ankara.[2] After graduating in 2002, he moved to Istanbul.



After making himself known to Turkish audiences with his Candid Camera-style show, Zoka, he became hugely popular with his sketch comedy series, "Dikkat Şahan Çıkabilir", in which he portrayed many different characters. After concluding the series on 2006 after two successful seasons on two different networks, he went on to shoot a late night talk show at NTV, named "Kime Diyorum Ben."

Şahan Gökbakar with his brother, Togan Gökbakar

His sketches, especially from "Dikkat Şahan Çıkabilir" are still widely circulated and watched in YouTube and other social media platforms, achieving near-cult status in Turkey. The main character of his record setting movie series, Recep İvedik, was also created for a short sketch in "Dikkat Şahan Çıkabilir."

Movie careerEdit

After guest starring in Gen, a movie directed by his brother, Togan Gökbakar, he kick-started his movie career with his 2008 movie, Recep İvedik, also directed by Togan Gökbakar. The movie became the highest-grossing Turkish movie of all time, a record which was broken by its sequel, Recep İvedik 2, a year later. The series went on to shatter box office records with four more sequels. To this day, Recep İvedik 5 and Recep İvedik 4 are, in that order, highest-grossing movies of all time in Turkey.[3] The series are also very popular in neighboring countries of Turkey and in Europe, especially in countries with significant Turkish population.[4]

In 2011, he and his brother Togan Gökbakar founded their own production company, Çamaşırhane Film.

In 2013, he produced and starred in Celal ile Ceren with Ezgi Mola as co-star, a romantic comedy which was again very successful both commercially and critically. His other films include Osman Pazarlama in 2016 and Kayhan in 2018.

He is producer and co-director of the 2020 movie, Zengo.[citation needed]

It is rumored that he has reached an agreement with Disney+ for the exclusive rights to his upcoming blockbuster, Recep İvedik 7.[5][6]

Personal lifeEdit

He married Selin Gökbakar (née Ortaçlı) in 2015, the couple have two children together: Deniz Efe Gökbakar (b. 2015) and Ela Gökbakar (b. 2017)

He is an avid Galatasaray S.K. fan and a voting member of the club.

Environmental effortsEdit

During 2021 Turkey Wildfires, Gökbakar was very active both in the field and in social media, providing information from the ground and raising awareness about the importance of fire-fighting planes.[7][8][9]

He opposed the mining activities at Mound Ida region and campaigned against it in 2019.[10] In March 2022, he opposed the opening of olive groves to mining activities. Gökbakar said, "Olive trees are the wealth of this country. I invite the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources to return from this mistake."[11]

Portrayal of Recep İvedikEdit

The success and influence of Recep İvedik has been the subject of countless debates and even academical research in both Turkey and abroad. It's success has spawned many similar movies and is considered as a cult series in Turkey.

Recep İvedik, had according to Hürriyet Daily News reviewer Emrah Güler, enjoyed some moderate fame as the anti-hero in comedian Şahan Gökbakar’s sketch shows, generating a modest fan group on YouTube. Gökbakar teamed up with his younger brother Togan Gökbakar, who first made his name as a director with some short films and had always showed an interest in working with his older brother, to turn the character into a cash cow with a series of films, which proved to be the highest grossing movies in the respective years of their release and at the same time the most loathed films to come to screens in the minds of critics and intellectuals.[12]


Cinema moviesEdit

Released Title Role Turkey Box Office Year-End[13] Notes
7 April 2006 Gen Quarantined Patient 42 Guest appearance[14]
15 February 2008 Recep İvedik Recep İvedik 1
13 February 2009 Recep İvedik 2 Recep İvedik 1
12 February 2010 Recep İvedik 3 Recep İvedik 2
18 January 2013 Celal ile Ceren Celal 3
21 February 2014 Recep İvedik 4 Recep İvedik 1
19 February 2016 Osman Pazarlama Osman Şaşmaz 4
16 February 2017 Recep İvedik 5 Recep İvedik 1
9 February 2018 Kayhan Kayhan 27
8 November 2019 Recep İvedik 6 Recep İvedik 1

Television programsEdit

  • Dikkat Şahan Çıkabilir (TV8 and ATV) (2005)
  • Leyt Nayt Şov: Kime Diyorum Ben (NTV) (2006)
  • Zoka (TV8 and Show TV) (2004)
  • Kolay Gelsin (Kanal 1) (2008)


  1. ^ "Şahan Gökbakar baba oldu".
  2. ^ a b "Şahan Gökbakar". Farklı Renkler. 18 October 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Tüm Filmler Seyirci Rekoru - İlk 100 (1989'dan günümüze) - Tüm Zamanlar". Box Office Türkiye (in Turkish). Retrieved 5 May 2022.
  4. ^ "The most successful Turkish films in Germany (in German)". www.insidekino.de. Retrieved 5 May 2022.
  5. ^ Haber7. "Recep İvedik 7 sinemada yayınlanmayacak! 120 milyon liralık film..." Haber7 (in Turkish). Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  6. ^ "Şahan Gökbakar'dan 120 milyon liralık anlaşma iddiası: Recep İvedik 7 nerede yayınlanacak?". Aykırı | Türkiye'nin Bağımsız ve Objektif Haber Sitesi (in Turkish). Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  7. ^ "Kimsenin Yapmadığını Şahan Gökbakar Yapıyor: Canlı Yayın Açarak Yanan Ormanlar İçin Çağrı Yapmaya Devam Ediyor". Onedio (in Turkish). Retrieved 5 May 2022.
  8. ^ "Şahan Gökbakar, alevler içinde kalan ormanın son halini paylaştı". www.cumhuriyet.com.tr (in Turkish). Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  9. ^ "Son durumu anlattı: Köz kovalıyoruz!". hthayat.haberturk.com (in Turkish). 6 August 2021. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  10. ^ "Şahan Gökbakar, Kaz Dağları'ndaki 'katliama' ateş püskürdü: 'Herkesi kanser edip defolup gidecekler'". www.cumhuriyet.com.tr (in Turkish). Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  11. ^ "Şahan Gökbakar doğa için mücadeleden vazgeçmiyor. Bakanlığa zeytinlikler için yalvarırken neredeyse ağlayacaktı". Yeni Çağ Gazetesi (in Turkish). 2 March 2022. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  12. ^ Güler, Emrah (13 February 2010). "WEEK AT THE MOVIES: Two romantic films and one anti-hero hit the screens". Hürriyet Daily News. Retrieved 13 August 2010.
  13. ^ "Box Office Türkiye". Box Office Türkiye (in Turkish). Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  14. ^ "SABAH - 05/04/2006 - Gökbakar'ın ilk filmi GEN 'gövde gösterisi' yaptı".

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