Born Turhan Gilbert Selahattin Sahultavy on March 30, 1922 in Vienna, First Austrian Republic (now Austria) is an Austrian actor who was a popular Hollywood leading man of the 1940s.
In 1930, young Turhan moved to the United States. He gravitated towards acting, and studied at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California. His first film was Shadows on the Stairs in 1941.
Turhan Bey was frequently cast in "exotic" roles, often opposite María Montez. They appeared together in Raiders of the Desert, Arabian Nights, Bombay Clipper, White Savage, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Bowery to Broadway, Follow the Boys and Sudan. He also has a memorable role in The Amazing Mr. X.
Bey's career faded towards the end of the 1940s, with his last movie role being Prisoners of the Casbah in 1953, until he had a brief renaissance in the 1990s. He appeared in two episodes of the science fiction TV series Babylon 5: first as the Emperor of Centauri (who also had the name Turhan), and later as a Minbari Ranger named Turval.