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Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881–1938)

Mustafa was born in 1881 in Salonica, then an Ottoman Turkish city, in modern day Greece. His father, Ali Riza, a customs official-turned-lumber merchant, died when Mustafa was still a boy. His mother, Zubeyde, a devout and strong-willed woman, raised him and his younger sister by herself. First enrolled in a traditional Islamic religious school, ... See full bio »


(age 57) in Istanbul, Turkey

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 2014 Apocalypse: World War I (TV Mini-Series documentary)
- Peur (2014) ... Himself (as Mustapha Kemal)
 2008 Mustafa (Documentary)
 2003 The First World War (TV Mini-Series documentary)
- Jihad (2003) ... Himself
 1999 Atatürk: Founder of Modern Turkey (Documentary)
 1993 Sari zeybek (TV Movie documentary)
 1964 Mountains Covered in Smoke
Himself (uncredited)
 1959 The Twentieth Century (TV Series documentary)
- The Incredible Turk (1959) ... Himself
 1951 Kore'de Türk süngüsü
Himself (uncredited)
 1938 Turkey Mourns Kemal Ataturk (Short)

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Mustapha Kemal


5' 8½" (1.74 m)

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There are two Mustafa Kemals. One the flesh-and-blood Mustafa Kemal who now stands before you and who will pass away. The other is you, all of you here who will go to the far corners of our land to spread the ideals which must be defended with your lives if necessary. I stand for the nation's dreams, and my life's work is to make them come true. See more »


He enforced the new Turkish alphabet in 1928. It was one of the biggest changes in any alphabet (Turkish was previously written in Arab script, know as Ottoman). The letter o-umlaut allegedly came from Swedish, u-umlaut from German, s-cedilla from Romanian, c-cedilla from French, and the g-breve was introduced with the new alphabet. See more »


The massive reforms he enacted during his tenure as President of Turkey See more »


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