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M. G. Ramachandran Biography, Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Wiki & More

Updated On : January 17, 2020

Short Biography

M. G. Ramachandran was born on 17-01-1917  in Kandy, Sri Lanka. He was Sri Lankan-born Indian Film Actor, Politician, Chief Minister, Film Producer, Film Director & Philanthropist.

Other Name: MGR, Marudur Gopalan Ramachandran, M.G.R.
Other Professions: Politician Chief Minister Film Producer Film Director Philanthropist
Appearance: Tamil

M. G. Ramachandran Complete Bio & Career

Maruthur Gopala Ramachandran was fondly known as MGR. He was a renowned actor of his time and went on to become an even renowned politician as well. He was the first actor from the Indian film fraternity who went on to become the Chief Minister of a state. He had a deep passion for acting and hence he enrolled himself in a drama company at a very young age. He landed his first role in the Tamil film through the Tamil film ‘Sathi Leelavathi’ in the year 1936. 
After that there was no looking back for him and went on to star in numerous hit films. His acting skills kept getting better and better with time and gave hits after hits with movies such as Thirudadhe, Aayirathil Oruvan, Anbe Vaa, Enga Veettu Pillai, Panam Padaithavan and Mahadevi among others. He also won the National award for his performance in Tamil film Rickshawkaran in 1972.
During his film career, he got influenced by Annadurai who was among one of the most prominent leaders during the Dravidian movement. Post that, he ventured into politics and joined Annadurai’s political party DMK. After his death it was Karunanidhi who took charge of the DMK and he started his own political front AIADMK. He served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu from 1977 to 1984. During his term, he introduced various economic and social policies. He upgraded the free mead scheme during his time and brought various educational reforms as well. He also banned the alcohol in the state tried his best to make sure that Tamil Nadu attracts tourist.

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Honours & Awards

Padma Shri Civilian Award 1960 Arts
Bharat Ratna Civilian Award 1988 Arts

Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

M. G. Ramachandran died on 24-12-1987 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. His health was not good from a long time as he was suffering from kidney problems, a massive stroke, and had suffered a heart attack.

DEATHDAY 24 December,1987 (Thursday)
DEATH PLACE Chennai, Tamil Nadu

M. G. Ramachandran Family, Relatives and Other Relations

He was born to Melakkath Gopala Menon and Maruthur Satyabhama. He had a brother named M. G. Chakrpani and a sister named Kamalakshi. He first married Chitarikulam Bargavi. She died soon after their marriage and he then married Sathanandavathhi who also died of TB in 1962. He then married V. N. Janaki and remained married to her till his death. Together the couple had a son named Appu Ravindrana and 4 daughters named Geetha Madhumohan, Sudha Vijaykumar, Radha Gopalakrishnan, and Latha Rajendran. In the later stage of his life, he was in a relationship with actress Jayalalitha.

Life's Important Dates Of M. G. Ramachandran

Body Measurements

Skin Colour Wheatish
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Black

Personal Info

Home Town Palakkad
Nationality Indian
Religion Hindu
Address Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
School N/A
College N/A
Qualification N/A
Hobbies Travelling
Marital Status Married
Debut As an Actor - Sathi Leelavathi (1936)
As a Producer - Naam (1953)
Best Movies Mohini (1948), Marmayogi (1951), Kudiyirundha Koyil (1968), Rickshawkaran (1971), and Oorukku Uzhaippavan (1976) among others
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A


Favorite Color White
Favorite Player Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi
Favorite Sport Cricket
Favorite Actress Jayalalithaa

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About M. G. Ramachandran

  • His career in films earned him several awards including two Filmfare Awards in the category of Best Actor and Best Film and a National Film Award for Best Actor.
  • He was felicitated with honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Madras and the World University Arizona in 1974.
  • Posthumously, MGR was conferred with the Bharat Ratna by the Government of India in the year 1988.
  • The Indian post paid homage to this great hero by releasing his stamp in the year 2017.

M. G. Ramachandran Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

M. G. Ramachandran was 70 years 11 months & 7 days old age.