Best supporting actors and actresses in Tamil Film industry

by itsmani87 | created - 09 Mar 2014 | updated - 09 Mar 2014 | Public

Best supporting actors and actress, who have shone and brightened the film industry over decades, by giving some memorable performances..:) (list in no particular order)

1. Ramasami V.K.

Actor | Paayum Puli

Ramasami V.K. was born in 1926 in India. He was an actor and producer, known for Paayum Puli (1983), Rudhra Thaandavam (1978) and Mouna Ragam (1986). He died on December 24, 2002 in India.

2. Nassar

Actor | Bahubali: The Beginning

Nassar is one of the most acclaimed actors in India. He is the current president of South Indian Actors Association. Nassar is well known for Thevar Magan (1992), Bombay (1995), Anbe Sivam (2003) and Nayakan (1987).

Nassar was born on 5 March 1958 to Mehaboob Basha and Mumtaz in Chengalpattu, Tamil ...

3. Delhi Ganesh

Actor | Pasi

Delhi Ganesh is an actor and producer, known for Pasi (1979), Devasuram (1993) and Jigarthanda (2014).

4. Manivannan

Actor | Nethaji

Manivannan was born on July 31, 1954 in Sulur, Madras State, India as Manivannan Rajagopal. He was an actor and director, known for Nethaji (1996), Hum Bhi Insaan Hain (1989) and Sullan (2004). He was married to Sengamalam. He died on June 15, 2013 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

5. Raghuvaran

Actor | Mudhalvan

Raghuvaran was born on December 10, 1958 in Kollankod, Palakkad, Kerala, India as Raghuvaran Velayutham Nair. He was an actor, known for Mudhalvan (1999), Amarkalam (1999) and Sachein (2005). He was married to Rohini. He died on March 19, 2008 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

6. Vadivelu

Actor | Chandramukhi

Vadivelu is known for his work on Chandramukhi (2005), Imsai Arasan 23 M Pulikesi (2006) and Mudhalvan (1999).

7. Nagesh

Actor | Nammavar

Nagesh was born on September 27, 1933 in Dharapuram, Tamil Nadu, India as Gunddu Rao. He is known for his work on Nammavar (1994), Dasavatharam (2008) and Apoorva Sagodharargal (1989). He was married to Regina. He died on January 31, 2009 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

8. Manorama

Actress | Caravan

Manorama is a veteran Hindi actress acted in nearly 100 movies. Her real name was Erin Issac Daniels. She was half-Irish, with an Irish mother and an Indian Christian father.She started her career as a child artist in 1926 in Lahore, under the name Baby Iris. Thereafter she made her debut as in ...

10. Mouli

Director | Pammal K. Sambandam

Mouli is an actor and director, known for Pammal K. Sambandam (2002), Aadarsham (1993) and Hello Darling (1992).

11. Kovai Sarala

Actress | Sathi Leelavathi

Kovai Sarala is known for her work on Sathi Leelavathi (1995), Poovellam Un Vaasam (2001) and Sudigaadu (2012).

12. Santhanam

Actor | Deiva Thirumagal

Santhanam is a Tamil film actor, who began acting in films, debuting in 'Pesatha Kannum Pesume' in a small role. After the success of the Lollu Sabha he re-entered in to the Tamil films in Manmadhan (2004) alongside Silambarasan Rajendar and later acted alongside the Tamil film industry's top stars...

13. M.N. Nambiar

Actor | Gentleman

M.N. Nambiar was born on March 7, 1919 in Kannur, Malabar, British India as Manjeri Narayanan Nambiar. He was an actor, known for Gentleman (1993), Ayirathil Oruvan (1965) and Thillana Mohanambal (1968). He died on November 19, 2008 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

14. Goundamani

Actor | Gentleman

Goundamani is an actor, known for Gentleman (1993), Indian (1996) and Malayur Mambattiyaan (1983).

15. Senthil

Actor | Jeans

Senthil was born on March 23, 1951 in Llanjambore, India. He is known for his work on Jeans (1998), Muthu (1995) and Indian (1996).

16. Vivek

Actor | Sivaji

Vivek was born as Vivekhananthan aka vivekh. He is an actor, known for Sivaji (2007), Anniyan (2005) and Run (2002).

17. Prakash Raj

Actor | Anniyan

Prakash Raj was born on March 26, 1965 in Bangalore, Mysore State, India as Prakash Rai. He is an actor and producer, known for Anniyan (2005), Abhiyum Naanum (2008) and Oggarane (2014).

18. Manobala

Producer | Sathuranga Vettai

Manobala is an actor and director, known for Sathuranga Vettai (2014), Ghajini (2005) and Varalaaru (2006).

19. Cochin Hanifa

Director | Paasa Paravaigal

Cochin Hanifa was born on April 22, 1951 in Kochi, Travancore-Cochin, India as Salim Ahmed Ghoush. He was an actor and director, known for Paasa Paravaigal (1988), Soothradharan (2001) and Oru Sindoora Pottinte Ormaykku (1987). He died on February 2, 2010 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

20. M.S. Bhaskar

Actor | Dasavatharam

M. S. Bhaskar is an Indian actor. Bhaskar made his film debut in 1987 in a small role in the film Thirumathi Oru Vegumathi. This was followed by several films in the 90's, in which he appeared in very minor or small roles including films like Friends and Thamizhan. He then graduated to supporting ...

21. Napolean

Actor | Dasavatharam

Napolean is an actor, known for Dasavatharam (2008), Devasuram (1993) and Ravanaprabhu (2001).

22. M.R. Radha

Actor | Dashavatar

M.R. Radha is an actor, known for Dashavatar (1977), Pudhiya Paravai (1964) and Ratha Kanneer (1954).

23. S.A. Chandrashekhar

Director | Sendhoorapandi

S.A. Chandrashekhar is a director and writer, known for Sendhoorapandi (1993), Jeevan Ki Shatranj (1993) and Maanbumigu Maanavan (1996).

24. Sujatha

Actress | Thunaivi

Sujatha was born on December 10, 1952 in Galle, Sri Lanka. She was an actress, known for Thunaivi (1982), Paritchaikku Neramchu (1982) and Varalaaru (2006). She died on April 6, 2011 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

25. Vijayakumar

Actor | Kizhakku Seemayile

Vijayakumar is an actor, known for Kizhakku Seemayile (1993), 100% Love (2011) and Anthimanthaarai (1996). He is married to Manjula.

26. Ashish Vidyarthi

Actor | Haider

Ashish Vidyarthi was born on June 19, 1962 in Tellicherry, Kerala, India. He is an actor, known for Haider (2014), Awarapan (2007) and Barfi! (2012).

27. Yugi Sethu

Actor | Anbe Sivam

Yugi Sethu is an actor and writer, known for Anbe Sivam (2003), Oru Naal Iravil (2015) and Thoongaavanam (2015).

28. Crazy Mohan

Writer | Varalaaru

Founder of the popular drama troupe 'Crazy Creations' (1973). Which has performed over 5000 plays across Tamil Nadu, most of the themes involving satire and witty dialogue.

In addition to stage plays and TV-series, he has also written number of comedy films, like Michael Madana Kama Rajan, Apoorva ...

29. Jayaram

Actor | Thenali

Jayaram was born in Perumbavoor, Kerala, India. He is an actor, known for Thenali (2000), Panchatanthiram (2002) and Thuppakki (2012). He is married to Parvathi. They have two children.

30. Ramesh Aravind

Director | Uttama Villain

Ramesh Aravind is an Actor, Director, Producer, TV host.

Ramesh began his engineering studies in earnest. Passionate about the creative arts, he was able to juggle both studies and art while at college. Earning his degree led him to begin work with his family. Destiny however had a different plan ...

31. Aishwarya

Actress | Pazhani

Aishwarya is an actress, known for Pazhani (2008), Meera (1992) and Abhiyum Naanum (2008). She is married to Raju Mani. She was previously married to Tanveer Ahmed.

32. Santhana Bharathi

Director | Mahanadi

Santhana Bharathi is an actor and director, known for Mahanadi (1993), Guna (1991) and Unnaipol Oruvan (2009).

33. Radhika Sarathkumar

Actress | Thanga Magan

Radhika Sarathkumar is an actress and producer, known for Thanga Magan (2015), Ninaivu Chinnam (1989) and Pasumponn (1995).

34. Sathyaraj

Actor | Bahubali: The Beginning

Kollywood star, Sathyaraj, might have been the very first screen villain to have impressed Tamil audiences by being a cultured, flamboyant antagonist, and it was the audiences' liking for him that eventually led him to becoming one of the leading heroes of Tamil cinema like Rajini Kanth and Kamal ...

35. Sarath Babu

Actor | Criminal

Sarath Babu is an actor, known for Criminal (1995), Shirdi Sai (2012) and Uthiri Pookkal (1979).

36. V. Jayaprakash

Actor | Pasanga

Jayaprakash is an Indian film supporting actor and producer. He ventured into film business in the early 2000s as a producer, making several films under his banner GJ Cinema and later turned actor, with Cheran's 2007 film, Mayakannadi. Subsequently performing a variety of supporting roles, he found...

37. Jayabalan

Actor | Aadukalam

Jayabalan is an actor, known for Aadukalam (2011), Indru Netru Naalai (2015) and Madras (2014).

38. Kishore Kumar G.

Actor | Ulidavaru Kandanthe

Kishore Kumar G. is an actor, known for As Seen by the Rest (2014), Haridas (2013) and Arrambam (2013).

39. Raj Kiran

Actor | Thavamai Thavamiruntu

Raj Kiran is an actor and producer, known for Thavamai Thavamiruntu (2005), En Rasavin Manisile (1991) and Aranmanai Kili (1993).

40. Saranya Ponvannan

Actress | Velaiilla Pattadhari

Saranya Ponvannan is known for her work on Velaiilla Pattadhari (2014), Then maerku paruva kaatru (2010) and Neer Paravai (2012).

41. Sayaji Shinde

Actor | Shool

Sayaji Shinde is an actor and producer, known for Shool (1999), 1 - Nenokkadine (2014) and Kurukshetra (2000).

42. Nizhalgal Ravi

Actor | Citizen

Nizhalgal Ravi is an actor, known for Citizen (2001), Kuruthipunal (1995) and Indian (1996).

43. Janagaraj

Actor | Roja

Janagaraj is an actor, known for Roja (1992), Vikram (1986) and Apoorva Sagodharargal (1989).

44. Venniradai Moorthy

Actor | Sura

Venniradai Moorthy is an actor, known for Sura (2010), Saamy (2003) and Kochi Rajavu (2005).

45. Srinivasa Rao Kota

Actor | Dookudu

Srinivasa Rao Kota was born on July 10, 1944 in Kankipadu, Madras Presidency, British India. He is known for his work on Dookudu (2011), Saamy (2003) and Sarkar (2005).

46. Ramesh Khanna

Actor | Padaiyappa

Ramesh Khanna is an actor and writer, known for Padaiyappa (1999), Dasavatharam (2008) and Nam Naadu (2007).

47. Ilavarasu

Actor | 7 Aum Arivu

Ilavarasu is an actor, known for 7 Aum Arivu (2011), Anbe Sivam (2003) and Papanasam (2015).

48. Thyagu

Actor | Chandramukhi

Thyagu is an actor, known for Chandramukhi (2005), Singam (2010) and Singam 2 (2013).

49. Livingston

Actor | Thirupaachi

Livingston is an actor, known for Thirupaachi (2005), Kaavalan (2011) and Vaalee (1999).

50. Karthik Kumar

Actor | Veppam

Karthik Kumar is an actor, known for Veppam (2011), Alai Payuthey (2000) and Deiva Thirumagal (2011).

51. Lakshmi

Actress | Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal

Lakshmi was born on December 13, 1952 in Madras, Tamil Nadu, India to a show business family. Her father Y.V. Rao, originally from Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, was an noted filmmaker and actor whose films dealt with important social issues. Her mother Rukmini was a Tamil actress, whose mother ...

52. Revathy

Actress | Thevar Magan

Revathy was born on July 8, 1966 in Kochi, Kerala, India as Asha Kelunni. She is an actress and director, known for Thevar Magan (1992), Devasuram (1993) and Kizhakku Vasal (1990). She was previously married to Menon, Suresh.

53. Y.G. Mahendran

Director | Uravukku Kayi Koduppam

Y.G. Mahendran is an actor and director, known for Uravukku Kayi Koduppam (1975), Ramanujan (2014) and Thalaivaa (2013).

54. Lakshmi Ramakrishnan

Actress | Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe

Lakshmi Ramakrishnan is an actress and writer, known for Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe (2014), Ammani (2016) and Naan Mahaan Alla (2010).

55. Vijayan

Actor | Varalaaru

Vijayan was born in 1944 in Kozhikode, Kerala, India. He was an actor, known for Varalaaru (2006), Kochi Rajavu (2005) and Ramana (2002). He died on September 22, 2007 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

56. Fathima Babu

Actress | Saroja

Fathima Babu is an actress, known for Saroja (2008), @Andheri (2014) and Little John (2002).

57. Balasubramaniam S.P.

Music_department | Maine Pyar Kiya

Balasubramaniam S.P. was born on June 4, 1946 in Konetampet, Pallipattu, Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh [now Tiruvallur District, Tamil Nadu], India as Sripati Panditharadhyula Balasubramaniam. He is known for his work on Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), Shankarabharanam (1979) and 7 Aum Arivu (2011). He...

58. Malaysia Vasudevan

Music_department | Pathinaru Vayathinile

Malaysia Vasudevan was born in 1943 in Klang, Selangor, Malaysia as Vasudevan Nair. He is known for his work on Pathinaru Vayathinile (1977), Minsaara Kanavu (1997) and Thambikku Entha Ooru (1984). He died on February 20, 2011 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

59. Charu Haasan

Actor | Tabarana Kathe

Charu Haasan is an actor, known for Tabarana Kathe (1986), Vikram (1986) and Mounam (1995).

60. Srividya

Actress | Daivathinte Vikrithikal

Srividya was born on July 24, 1953 in Madras, Madras State, India. She was an actress, known for Daivathinte Vikrithikal (1992), Apoorva Sagodharargal (1989) and Kondaveeti Donga (1990). She was married to George Thomas. She died on October 19, 2006 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.

61. Jai Sankar

Actor | Apoorva Sagodharargal

Jai Sankar is an actor, known for Apoorva Sagodharargal (1989), Maanagaram (2017) and Thalapathi (1991).

62. Geetha

Actress | Thalapathi

Geetha is an actress, known for Thalapathi (1991), Sreeragam (1995) and Kuruthipunal (1995).

63. Pasupathy

Actor | E

Pasupathy was born on May 18, 1969 in Madras, Tamil Nadu, India as Pasupathy Masilamani. He is known for his work on E (2006), Aravaan (2012) and Virumandi (2004).

64. Thengai Srinivasan

Actor | Billa

Thengai Srinivasan is an actor, known for Billa (1980), Thillu Mullu (1981) and Naan Avanillai (1974).

65. R. Sundarajan

Director | Raajadhi Raaja

R. Sundarajan is an actor and director, known for Raajadhi Raaja (1989), Vaidehi Kaathirundaal (1984) and En Jeevan Paaduthe (1988).

66. Cho Ramaswamy

Actor | Mohammed-Bin-Tughlaq

Cho Ramaswamy was born on October 5, 1934 in Mylapore, Madras, British India as Srinivasa Iyer Ramaswamy. He was an actor and director, known for Mohammed-Bin-Tughlaq (1971), Yarrukkum Vetkam Illai (1975) and Nadu Iravil (1966). He was married to Soundara Ramaswamy. He died on December 7, 2016 in ...

67. Visu

Actor | Samsaram Athu Minsaram

Visu is an actor and writer, known for Samsaram Athu Minsaram (1986), Gatti Melam (1985) and Dowry Kalyanam (1983).

68. Gandhimathi

Actress | Jeans

Gandhimathi is an actress, known for Jeans (1998), Pathinaru Vayathinile (1977) and Muthu (1995).

69. S.V. Sekhar

Actor | Arasatchi

S.V. Sekhar is an actor, known for Arasatchi (2004), Mr. Bharath (1986) and Manal Kayiru (1982).

70. Thambi Ramayya

Actor | Mynaa

Thambi Ramayya is an actor and director, known for Mynaa (2010), Kumki (2012) and Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam (2014).

71. Ponvannan

Actor | Paruthiveeran

Ponvannan is an actor, known for Paruthiveeran (2007), Thalaivaa (2013) and Nam Naadu (2007).

72. Bhagyaraj

Director | Oru Kai Osai

Bhagyaraj was born on January 7, 1953 in Vellangkoil, Tamil Nadu, India. He is an actor and director, known for Oru Kai Osai (1980), Aakhree Raasta (1986) and Andaz (1994).

73. Junior Balaiya

Actor | Thani Oruvan

Junior Balaiya is an actor, known for Thani Oruvan (2015), Winner (2003) and Sethu Boomi (2016).

74. M.N. Rajam

Actress | Piya Milan

M.N. Rajam is an actress, known for Piya Milan (1958), Thirupaachi (2005) and Rangoon Radha (1956).

75. Rajesh

Actor | Sholay

Rajesh is an actor, known for Sholay (1975), Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977) and Sivakasi (2005).

76. Kaka Radhakrishnan

Actor | Guna

Kaka Radhakrishnan was born in 1925 in Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India. He was an actor, known for Guna (1991), Thevar Magan (1992) and Vasoolraja M.B.B.S (2004). He died on June 14, 2012 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

77. Vaiyapuri

Actor | Dasavatharam

Vaiyapuri is an actor, known for Dasavatharam (2008), Raavanan (2010) and Thirupaachi (2005).

78. Karan

Actor | Karate

Karan is an actor, known for Karate (1983), Saathi (1991) and Taur Mittran Di (2012).

79. Chinnijayanth

Actor | Vikram

Chinnijayanth is an actor, known for Vikram (1986), Kadhal Desam (1996) and Thodari (2016).

80. Chandrababu

Actor | Thattungal Thirakkapadum

Chandrababu was born on August 5, 1927 in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, India. He was an actor and director, known for Thattungal Thirakkapadum (1966), Piya Milan (1958) and Aval (1972). He died on March 8, 1974 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

81. Urvashi

Actress | Magalir Mattum

Urvashi was born in Kerala, India. She is an actress and writer, known for Magalir Mattum (1994), Kazhakam (1995) and Adimakal Udamakal (1987). She is married to Manoj K. Jayan. They have one child.

82. Murali

Actor | Aadharam

Murali was born on May 25, 1954 in Kollam, Kerala, India. He was an actor and director, known for Aadharam (1992), Kanakkinavu (1996) and Kireedam (1989). He died on August 6, 2009 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

83. Kalpana

Actress | Charlie

Kalpana was born on October 5, 1965 in Kerala, India as Kalpana Ranjani. She was an actress, known for Charlie (2015), Ithu Nalla Thamasa (1985) and Peruvannapurathe Visheshangal (1989). She was married to Anil Kumar. She died on January 25, 2016 in Hyderabad, India.

84. Delhi Kumar

Actor | Enthiran

Delhi Kumar is an actor, known for Enthiran (2010), Singam (2010) and Boys (2003).

85. N.S. Krishnan

Director | Pelli Koothuru

N.S. Krishnan was born in 1905 in Nagerkoyil, Travancore, India as Nagerkoyil Sudalaimuthu Krishnan. He was an actor and director, known for Pelli Koothuru (1951), Rangoon Radha (1956) and Manamagal (1951). He was married to T.A. Mathuram. He died in 1967 in India.

86. Showkar Janaki

Actress | Thiruneelakantar

Showkar Janaki was born on December 12, 1931 in Peddapuram, East Godavari district, Madras Presidency, British India as Sankaramanchi Janaki. She is an actress, known for Thiruneelakantar (1972), Batasari (1961) and Sri Venkateswara Mahatmyam (1960).

87. T.S. Balaiah

Actor | Velaikkari

T.S. Balaiah is an actor, known for Velaikkari (1949), Piya Milan (1958) and Yarukaka Azhudan (1966).

88. Major Sundarrajan

Director | Nenjalgal

Major Sundarrajan was born in 1936 in Periyakulam, Tamil Nadu, India. He was an actor and director, known for Nenjalgal (1982), Andha Oru Nimidam (1985) and Kalthoon (1981). He died on February 28, 2003 in Madras, Tamil Nadu.

89. Kalyana Kumar

Director | Endu Ninnavane

Kalyana Kumar was born in 1936 in Bangalore, India as Chokkana Kumar. He is an actor and director, known for Endu Ninnavane (1966), Pravasi Mandira (1968) and Mahashakti Maye (1994).

90. Jai Ganesh

Actor | Billa

Jai Ganesh is an actor, known for Billa (1989), Maanbumigu Maanavan (1996) and Priyamudan (1998).

91. G.M. Kumar

Writer | Aakhree Raasta

G.M. Kumar was born as Govindraj Manoharan Kumar. He is a writer and actor, known for Aakhree Raasta (1986), Oru Kaidhiyin Diary (1984) and Darling Darling Darling (1982).

92. Charlie

Actor | 24

Charlie is an actor, known for 24 (2016), Anniyan (2005) and Neram (2013).

93. Kalabhavan Mani

Actor | Sallapam

Kalabhavan Mani (born 1 January 1971) is a South Indian actor and singer. He began his career in Malayalam film industry, later he became a busy artist in Tamil and Telugu industry, especially in villain roles. Although he began his career as a comedian, Mani proved his versatility roles such as ...

94. Shammi Thilakan

Actor | Neram

Shammi Thilakan is known for his work on Neram (2013), Koottu (2004) and Baba Kalyani (2006).

95. Thilakan

Actor | Ustad Hotel

Thilakan (born Surendranatha Thilakan) was a Malayalam film actor. Widely considered one of the greatest actors of Indian cinema, he was stubborn, uncompromising and very critical of the way lead actors worked in comparison to character actors. In a span of around 40 years, Thilakan handled a huge ...

96. Girish Karnad

Writer | Ondanondu Kaladalli

Girish Karnad was born on 19th May 1938 in Matheran, Maharashtra. He is acclaimed for his contemporary playwrights in Kannada. He is also an actor, director and screen writer. He was conferred Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan by the Government of India and won four Filmfare Awards where three are ...

97. S.V. Ranga Rao

Actor | Maya Bazaar

S.V. Ranga Rao was born on July 3, 1918 in Nuziweedu, Andhra Pradesh, India as Samarla Venkata Ranga Rao. He was an actor and producer, known for Maya Bazaar (1957), Maya Bazaar (1957) and Chadarangam (1967). He was married to Leelavathi. He died on July 18, 1974 in Madras, India.

98. K.A. Thangavelu

Actor | Piya Milan

K.A. Thangavelu is an actor, known for Piya Milan (1958), Aakhree Raasta (1986) and Thillana Mohanambal (1968).

99. Raja Krishnamoorthy

Director | Krishna

Raja Krishnamoorthy is an actor and director, known for Krishna (1996), Rakhta Charitra (2010) and Baasha (1995).

100. M.A. Chokkalinga Bhagavathar

Actor | Sandhya Raagam

M.A. Chokkalinga Bhagavathar is an actor, known for Sandhya Raagam (1989), Veedu (1988) and Branchie (1999).

101. Poornam Vishwanathan

Actor | Chithram

Poornam Vishwanathan was born in 1921. He was an actor, known for Chithram (1988), Moondram Pirai (1982) and Aasai (1995). He died on October 1, 2008 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.