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Akkineni Nageswara Rao Biography, Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Caste, Wiki & More

Updated On : September 21, 2019

Short Biography

Akkineni Nageswara Rao was born on 20-09-1923 in Ramapuram in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. He was an Indian Film Actor, Film Producer, Theatre Actor & Philanthropist who known for his work in Telugu and Tamil Cinemas.

Akkineni Nageswara Rao Complete Bio & Career

Akkineni Nageswara Rao was born in a middle class family in Andhra Pradesh. At the age of 10, he got associated with the theatre and that is how his journey started. Some of the noted dramas of which, he was a part are Kanakatara, Harishchandra, Telugu Talli, Satyanveshanam, and Aasajyoti among others. He was spotted by legendary filmmaker Ghantasala Balaramaiah spotted him at Vijaywada railway statio and offered him the lead role in cult classic film Seeta Rama Jananam. He did play a supporting role prior to this film but this film brought him under limelight.
In a career that spanned over 7 decades, he went on to star in over 250 films including Telugu, Tamil, and Bollywood films. He played a range of characters in his decorated career. From supporti ng roles to lead roles to comedian to character roles. One of his roles which needs a special mention is his role in cult classic film Devadasu.His fans used to refer him as Natasamrat. For his performances, he was felicitated with various awards including Padmi Shri, Padma Bhusan, and Dada Saheb Phalke Award among many others. 
Off the sets, he has some business interests too. He was deeply involved with a lot of charitable trusts and also started his own non charitable trusts such as Akkineni International Foundation and The Annapurna International School of Film and Media.

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Honours & Awards

Padma Shri Civilian Award 1968 Arts
Padma Bhushan Civilian Award 1988 Arts
Dadasaheb Phalke Award Indian Cinema Award 1990 Telugu Film Industry
Padma Vibhushan Civilian Award 2011 Arts

Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

Akkineni Nageswara Rao died on 22-01-2014 in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. He was suffering from colon cancer. Before his death, he was shooting for the film Manam.

DEATHDAY 22 January,2014 (Monday)
DEATH PLACE Hyderabad, Telangana

Akkineni Nageswara Rao Family, Relatives and Other Relations

He was born to Akkineni Venkatratnam & Akkineni Punnamma. On 18-02-1949, he married Annapurna Kollipara (film producer). Together the couple had five children including two sons named Akkineni Venkat (film producer), Akkineni Nagarjuna (actor & producer) and three daughters named Naga Susheela (film producer), Saroja Akkineni & Sathyavathi Akkineni. Naga Chaitanya, Akhil Akkineni, Sumanth, Sushanth & Supriya Yarlagadda are his grandchildren.

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Body Measurements

Skin Colour Fair
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour White (Half Bald)

Personal Info

Home Town Venkataraghavapuram, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh
Nationality Indian
Religion Hindu
Address Hyderabad, Telangana, India
School N/A
College N/A
Qualification N/A
Hobbies Travelling and Reaading
Marital Status Married
Debut Telugu - Dharmapatni (1941)
Tamil - Or Iravu (1952)
Suvarna Sundari (1958)
Best Movies Laila Majnu (1949), Devadasu (1953), Gundamma Katha (1962), Dharma Daata (1970), and Manam (2014) among others
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A


Favorite Color White
Favorite Sport Hockey

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Akkineni Nageswara Rao

  • He strode into the field of fine arts through theatre at the age of 10.
  • His movie, Premabhishekam is one of the biggest hits ever in Tollywood, with an amazing 533 days run in Hyderabad. It is still the highest theatrical run in a city for any Telugu movie.
  • He helped relocate the Telugu film industry from its former base in Madras (now Chennai) to Hyderabad.
  • He was cremated on 23 January 2014, at Annapurna Studios with full state honours amid a 21-gun salute.
  • He was the Chief Donor and President of the College at Gudivada, which was subsequently named Akkineni Nageswara Rao College after him.

Akkineni Nageswara Rao Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Akkineni Nageswara Rao was 90 years 4 months & 2 days old age.