Erdogan Atalay at the end of “Alarm for Cobra 11”: “Corona is to blame”

  • After 25 years, the crime classic “Alarm für Cobra 11” will be discontinued, the last episodes will air on August 12th.
  • Leading actor Erdogan Atalay, who was there from the start, “got it completely cold”.
  • In the RND interview, he explains how it came about, why he refused to speak with a Turkish accent at the time, and what he is up to now.

Roaring engines and screeching tires: For 25 years, the action series “Alarm für Cobra 11 – Die Autobahnpolizei” was part of RTL’s basic equipment, but now the broadcaster is stepping on the brakes and discontinuing the TV classic: the last two episodes of the long-running and export hit can be seen on August 12 (8:15 p.m., RTL). Behind the wheel, as usual, sits Erdogan Atalay, who has played Detective Inspector Semir Gerkhan since 1996.

The actor was born in Hanover in 1966 to a Turkish father and a German mother. He studied at the University of Drama in Hamburg and initially played theater. In the 90s he took on guest roles in various television series, with “Alarm für Cobra 11” he celebrated his breakthrough. His series partners kept changing, but Atalay stayed and became one of the longest-serving German TV investigators. The 54-year-old lives with his family in Hamburg.