İsmail Deniz, born in 1979 in Dinslaken, is a German-Turkish theatre and film actor. He studied acting from 2002 to 2006 at the Otto-Falckenberg-Schule in Munich. During his studies and between theater engagements, İsmail Deniz appeared in numerous film and television productions. He was then engaged at the Volkstheater in Vienna, where he appeared in productions of Die Räuber and Macbeth under the direction of Nuran David Calis. Other projects followed, including at the Münchner Kammerspiele, the Schauspielhaus Essen, Theater Bonn, Schauspielhaus Bochum and Theater Koblenz. In Berlin, İsmail Deniz acted at the Hebbel am Ufer Theater and the newly founded Ballhaus Naunynstraße. He toured throughout Europe with his productions, and worked as an actor in theatre and film productions in countries including Germany, Austria, Greece, Turkey and South Korea. He made his directorial debut at the Burghofbühne Dinslaken with Warten, dass das Leben beginnt. The production was subsequently invited to Turkey by the Goethe Institute. At the Residenztheater in Munich, he can be seen in Die 40 Tage des Musa Dagh. At the 2016 Nibelungen Festspiele in Worms, he played the role of Siegfried.