My family had poverty in existence

Artist Erdal Özyağcılar was a guest of Armağan Çağlayan’s “Stop Bi Listen” program, which is broadcast on YouTube. The artist made candid statements about many issues related to his acting career and private life.


Born in Bursa as the son of a very wealthy family, Özyağcılar said that he had to grow up in poverty until his adolescence.

Stating that his brother’s death due to excessive weight caused trauma in his family, the master artist said, “They fed only enough for me to live, and this situation continued until the age of 13”.

Özyağcılar said, “My family had a child named Mustafa before me. The child was born very beautiful, with blue eyes. But there is also a child with appetite, he eats food all the time. Something happened, the child cracked at 11 months old.” My grandmother used to say, ‘We cracked the child. He was quite overweight. After that, I was born. The grandmother says ‘Oh’, says ‘Less, less’. There is not much food. I ate so much cherries because I was hungry. used the expressions.

The 73-year-old master artist described the painful process he was going through with the words “I used to collect fruit from secret trees from my family because I was hungry.”

“At that time, my mind remained in the conservatory,” said the actress, “I tried my luck at the Ankara Conservatory, but was not accepted into the institution.” The master artist stated that he had a completely different incident while thinking of re-taking the exam the next year.


Stating that he was interested in the theater when his school life started, Erdal Özyağcılar said that his family supported him.

Özyağcılar explained that he studied theater at various community centers, but enrolled in Istanbul University Faculty of Law in order not to break his father, who was thinking ‘have another profession’.


Özyağcılar stated that he took the exam with the document of his close friend İlhan Ongan, who gave up his entrance to the Istanbul Municipal Conservatory at the last minute, and that he was successful.


Özyağcılar added that he confessed the real situation to his teacher Yıldız Kenter after a while and asked him to find a solution to this situation.

Master player, as Kenter’s solution; He stated that he told him to attend the classes as a guest student for one year, that he would win the exam the next year if he took the exam under his own name, and that he would even skip the class to avoid loss of the year.

Choosing to follow his dreams, Erdal Özyağcılar stated that Yıldız Kenter was his biggest supporter while climbing the steps of the art world.

Source: Cumhuriyet Gazetesi – Güncel by

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