Tamil Iconic Actors and Actress World will never see again

by McTavish22 | created - 30 Mar 2017 | updated - 17 Apr 2017 | Public

1. 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 Jewel Thief (1967). He was married to Regina. He died on January 31, 2009 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

2. Shivaji Ganesan

Actor | Deiva Magan

Tamil superstar from a poor family in Tamil Nadu, India. His father worked on the railways.

On the day of his birth his father, Chiniah Pillai, follower of Mahatma Gandhi, was jailed for participating in the Independence movement in Nellikuppam (Tamil Nadu, India). He was frequently in and out of ...

3. S.V. Ranga Rao

Actor | Chadarangam

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 Chadarangam (1967), Maya Bazaar (1957) and Bala Bharatam (1972). He was married to Leelavathi. He died on July 18, 1974 in Madras, India.

4. Saroja Devi B.

Actress | Sri Krishnarjuna Yudham

Saroja Devi B. was born on January 7, 1938 in Bengaluru, Mysore, India. She is an actress, known for Sri Krishnarjuna Yudham (1963), Veer Parshuram (1978) and Beti Bete (1964).

5. J.P. Chandrababu

Actor | Thattungal Thirakkapadum

J.P. Chandrababu was born on August 5, 1927 in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, India. He was an actor and writer, known for Thattungal Thirakkapadum (1966), Pavamanippu (1961) and Piya Milan (1958). He died on March 8, 1974 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

6. Padmini

Actress | Thillana Mohanambal

Padmini was born on June 12, 1932 in Thiruvananthapuram, Travancore, British India. She was an actress and director, known for Thillana Mohanambal (1968), Kaajal (1965) and Poove Poochudava (1985). She was married to Dr. K. T. Ramachandran. She died on September 24, 2006 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, ...

7. Aachi Manorama

Actress | Arundhati

Manorama is a veteran Tamil actress who has acted in more than 1500 films, 1000 stage performances, and a few television serials.She started her acting career as a drama artist, which was more popular those days. She slowly migrated from dramas to cinemas just as most actors did those days. During ...

8. M.G. Ramachandran

Actor | Ulagam Sutrum Valiban

M.G. Ramachandran (1917-1987), popularly known as MGR, dominated like no other, the films and politics of India's Tamil Nadu state. A charismatic actor and philanthropist, he commanded the idolatrous adulation of millions of Tamilians and became Tamil Nadu's chief minister. His achievements in 3 ...

9. Balaiya

Actor | Thillana Mohanambal

Balaiya is an actor, known for Thillana Mohanambal (1968), Bama Vijayam (1967) and Jaganmatha (1987).

10. 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 Mahathyam (1960).

11. Ramachandran T.R.

Actor | Thangamalai Ragasyam

Ramachandran T.R. is an actor, known for Thangamalai Ragasyam (1957), Thillana Mohanambal (1968) and Anbe Vaa (1966).

12. K.A. Thangavelu

Actor | Piya Milan

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

13. Gemini Ganesan

Actor | Kaaviyathlaivi

Known as one of the "big three" of South Indian Cinema of yesteryear (the other two being M.G. Ramchandran, and Sivaji Ganesan), Ramaswamy Ganesan had acted in several box-office hits between 1950 and 1978 as the lead hero. Born on November 16, 1919, he was a graduate from an orthodox Brahmin ...

14. Nambiar

Actor | Avasara Police 100

Nambiar is an actor, known for Avasara Police 100 (1990), Sethupathi I.P.S (1994) and Devta (1956).

15. Savitri

Actress | Narthanasala

Savitri was born on December 6, 1937 in Chirravuru, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India. She was an actress and director, known for Narthanasala (1963), Deepavali (1960) and Devadasu (1953). She was married to Gemini Ganesan. She died on December 26, 1981 in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India.

16. M. Saroja

Actress | Thennilavu

M. Saroja is an actress, known for Thennilavu (1961), Sarvadhikari (1951) and Kalyana Parisu (1959).

17. Bhanumathi Ramakrishna

Actress | Laila Majnu

Bhanumathi Ramakrishna was born on September 7, 1925 in Doddavaram, Madras Presidency, British India. She is known for her work on Laila Majnu (1949), Chandirani (1953) and Tahsildar (1944). She was married to P.S. Ramakrishna Rao. She died on December 24, 2005 in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India.

18. P.S. Veerappa

Producer | Aadmi

P.S. Veerappa is an actor and producer, known for Aadmi (1968), Aame Evaru (1966) and Iru Thuruvam (1971).

19. M.R. Radha

Actor | Dashavatar

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

20. Ashokan

Actor | Karnan

Ashokan is an actor, known for Karnan (1964), Karna (1964) and Billa (1980).

21. 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.

22. Chittor V. Nagaiah

Actor | Thyagayya

Chittor V. Nagaiah was born on March 28, 1904 in Repalle Taluk, Andhra Pradesh, India as Uppalam Nageswaram. He was an actor and composer, known for Thyagayya (1946), Ramadasu (1964) and Naa Illu (1953). He died on December 30, 1973 in Madras, India.

23. 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.

24. Kanchana

Actress | Daana Veera Soora Karna

Kanchana was born on August 16, 1939 in Madras, Madras Presidency, British India as Vasundhara Devi. She is an actress, known for Daana Veera Soora Karna (1977), Alakh Niranjan (1975) and Arjun Reddy (2017).

25. K. Balaji

Production_manager | Geraftaar

K. Balaji was an actor and producer, known for Geraftaar (1985), Raja (1972) and Surakksha (1979). He died on May 2, 2009 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

26. R. Muthuraman

Actor | Karnan

R. Muthuraman is an actor, known for Karnan (1964), Karna (1964) and Naan (1967).

27. Jaishankar

Actor | Nilagiri Express

Jaishankar was born on July 12, 1938 in India. He was an actor, known for Nilagiri Express (1968), Bhookambam (1983) and Naanum Oru Thozhilaali (1986). He died on June 3, 2000 in India.

28. Vyjayanthimala

Actress | Devdas

Vyjayanthimala was born to actress and dancer Vasundhara Devi in a Tamil-speaking family in Chennai, India, on August 13, 1936.

At the age of 4, she got the rare chance of performing a dance before the Pope. Then at the age of 15, while in her final year at school, she was signed-up by family friend...

29. T.A. Madhuram

Actress | Alibabavum 40 Thirudargalum

T.A. Madhuram is an actress, known for Alibabavum 40 Thirudargalum (1941), Aryamala (1941) and Raja Desingu (1960).

30. T.S. Balaiah

Actor | Velaikkari

T.S. Balaiah is an actor, known for Velaikkari (1949), Ambikapathy (1937) and Piya Milan (1958).

31. M.V. Rajamma

Actress | Thedi Vanda Mappillai

M.V. Rajamma was born on March 10, 1921 in Agandanahalli, Tamil Nadu, India. She was an actress and producer, known for Thedi Vanda Mappillai (1970), Mayalokam (1945) and Radha Ramana (1943). She died on April 24, 1999 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

32. S.R. Janaki

Actress | Nadu Iravil

S.R. Janaki is an actress, known for Nadu Iravil (1966), Vandhale Magarasi (1973) and Saadu Mirandal (1966).

33. Kannamba

Actress | Talliprema

Kannamba was born on September 20, 1913 in Cuddapah, Andhra Pradesh, India as Kannamba Pasupuleti. She is known for her work on Talliprema (1941), Draupadi Vastrapaharanam (1936) and Todi Kodallu (1957). She was married to Kadaru Nagabhushanam. She died on May 7, 1964 in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India.

34. Anjali Devi

Actress | Anarkali

Anjali Devi was born on August 24, 1927 in Peddapuram, East Godavari district, Madras Presidency, British India as Anjanamma. She was an actress and producer, known for Anarkali (1955), Palletoori Pilla (1950) and Kurukshetramu (1977). She was married to Adinarayana Rao P.. She died on January 13, ...

35. T.K. Shanmugham

Actor | Menaka

T.K. Shanmugham is an actor, known for Menaka (1935), Manithan (1953) and Kappalottiya Thamizhan (1961).

36. K.R. Vijaya

Actress | Iru Malargal

K.R. Vijaya was born on November 30, 1948 in Trivandrum, Travancore, India as Daiva Nayaki. She is an actress, known for Iru Malargal (1967), Paramanandayya Shishyula Katha (1966) and Ashtalakshmi Vaibhavamu (1986).

37. V.K. Ramasamy

Actor | Paayum Puli

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

38. Vanisri

Actress | Kathanayika Molla

Vanisri was born as Ratna Kumari in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India in 1948. Her early life was marred with tragic losses: three members of her family, including her father, died of tuberculosis in a span of one month. When her father was dying, he told her mother to give young Ratna and her older ...

39. Pandharibai

Actress | Andha Naal

Pandharibai was born in 1930 in Bhatkal, Karnataka, India. She was an actress and producer, known for Andha Naal (1954), Parasakthi (1952) and Lakshmi Pooja (1979). She died on January 29, 2003 in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India.

40. S.V. Subbaiah

Actor | Kaval Daivam

S.V. Subbaiah is an actor and producer, known for Kaval Daivam (1969), Mayavathi (1949) and Idhayakkani (1975).

41. Sennalkudi Lakshmi

Actress | Virumandi

Sennalkudi Lakshmi is an actress, known for Virumandi (2004), Nadu Iravil (1966) and Kadhala Kadhala (1998).

42. Rajasulochana

Actress | Piya Milan

Rajasulochana was born on August 15, 1935 in Bezawada, Madras Presidency, British India. She was an actress, known for Piya Milan (1958), Sri Kalahastiswara Mahatyam (1954) and Iddaru Mitrulu (1961). She was married to Rao C.S.R.. She died on March 5, 2013 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

43. S.S. Rajendran

Actor | Mani Makudam

S.S. Rajendran is an actor and director, known for Mani Makudam (1966), Alli (1969) and Ethiroli (1970).

44. Pandharibai

Actress | Andha Naal

Pandharibai was born in 1930 in Bhatkal, Karnataka, India. She was an actress and producer, known for Andha Naal (1954), Parasakthi (1952) and Lakshmi Pooja (1979). She died on January 29, 2003 in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India.

45. S.V. Sahasranamam

Actor | Thillana Mohanambal

S.V. Sahasranamam is an actor, known for Thillana Mohanambal (1968), Yarukaka Azhudan (1966) and Marmayogi (1951).

46. Varalakshmi S.

Actress | Chakravarthi Thirumagal

Varalakshmi S. was born on August 13, 1925 in Jaggampeta, Andhra Pradesh, India. She is known for her work on Chakravarthi Thirumagal (1957), Daana Veera Soora Karna (1977) and Shri Krishna Pandaviyam (1966). She was married to A L Srinivasan. She died on September 22, 2009 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, ...

47. 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 Indru Nee Nalai Naan (1983). He died on February 28, 2003 in Madras, Tamil Nadu.

48. K. Sarangapani

Actor | Sabapathy

K. Sarangapani is an actor, known for Sabapathy (1941), Vedala Ulagam (1948) and Kalvanin Kadhali (1955).



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