Erkan Can was born in 1958 in Bursa, Turkey.
He started his drama career in 1975 by taking drama classes at Bursa State Theatre. In 1985 he began studying at the Istanbul Municipality Conservatuary —Drama Department, and graduated in 1990. His feature film debut, On Board, earned him three Best Actor Awards—from the Antalya Film Festival, The Ankara Film Festival and the Orhan Ariburnu Awards. His other films include, Offside, Visontele, Toss Up, Listen to Istanbul, In Prison Now, Destiny and Fatih Akin’s Edge of Heaven.