While doing his military service as a reserve officer in his hometown of Eskişehir, he caught the attention of director Halit Refiğ during the shooting of the movie Şafak Bekçileri (1963), starring Göksel Arsoy. After completing his military service, he worked as a doctor in Adana and its surroundings. In 1963, he won the first place in the competition of the Artist magazine. He started acting in cinema in 1963 with the offer of Halit Refiğ and made at least 30 films in 2 years.
The fight scene in the finale of the 1964 movie Gurbet Kuşları was a breaking point in Arkın’s career. After playing the emotional-romantic young characters for a while, he turned to action movies with Halit Refiğ’s suggestion. He took acrobatics training for six months at the Medrano Circus, which came to Istanbul during this period. By transferring what he learned here to the big screen in the Malkoçoğlu and Battalgazi series, he brought a unique style to Turkish cinema. He soon became the most sought-after actor in avant-garde movies. Although he continued his cinema life, which he started with romantic films, with animated films, he gave life to many different types of characters. Throughout his career, he made films in different genres, from westerns to comedy, from adventure films to social films. Especially the films Maden (1978) and Citizen Rıza (1979) occupy a special place in Cüneyt Arkın’s career.
Bringing a different color to Cüneyt Arkın’s cinema and directed by Çetin İnanç, 1982’s “The Man Who Saved the World” became a cult movie over time. After action films such as Death Warrior, Fight, Man in Exile and Two-Headed Giant in the 1980s, he turned to detective series in the 1990s.
Cüneyt Arkın has the title of expert athlete in equestrian and karate. In addition to acting, he has presented television programs and also wrote a health column for newspapers for a short time.