Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ (Turkish pronunciation: [kɯvantʃ tatɫɯtuː]; born October 27, 1983) is a Turkish actor and model. Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ was born in Adana in southern Turkey. He has four siblings. The name Kıvanç means "pride" in Turkish and Tatlıtuğ is a portmanteau of the Turkish words tatlı (meaning "sweet") and tuğ (the tail of a horse). Although there has been speculation in the former Yugoslav media that he might have a possible Bosnian ancestry, Tatlıtuğ has denied these claims saying he was born and bred in Adana and his family had been in bakery business in this city for more than hundred years. He was sent to Yenice Çağ Private High School by his family where he excelled in basketball. Due to his father's illness, Tatlıtuğ and his family moved to Istanbul so his father could get the proper treatment. In Istanbul, he joined Fenerbahçe Ülker sports club as an amateur basketball player. Kıvanç hosted some pageants and shows. A turning point in Tatlıtuğ's career was when he starred in Gümüş as the character Mehmet Şadoğlu. He acted in the comedy movie "Amerikalılar Karadeniz'de 2" which was directed by Kartal Tibet. He has also starred in other shows such as "Menekşe ile Halil"