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Rajkumar (Actor) Biography, Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Caste, Wiki & More

Updated On : April 24, 2020

Short Biography

Rajkumar was born on 24-04-1929 in Gajanur, Erode in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. He was an Indian Film Actor, Singer & Playback Singer. He was known for his work in Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali, Odia and Hindi movies.

Other Name: Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraju, Annavru, Appaji, Dr Raj, Dr. Rajkumar
Other Professions: Singer Playback Singer
Appearance: Kannada Telugu Tamil Malayalam Bengali Odia Bollywood

Rajkumar Complete Bio & Career

Born as Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraju, Rajkumar is a well-known actor and singer from India, mainly associated with Kannada cinema industry. He is widely recognized as one of the finest actors in Indian Cinema history.

He joined Gubbi Drama Company at the age of eight and appeared in several small roles. His first appearance in a lead role came with the 1954 movie ‘Bedara Kannappa’. His stage name ‘Rajkumar’ was then given by H.L.N Simha, the director of the movie.

In his vibrant career, apart from Telugu’s Sri Kalahastiswara Mahatyam, he only acted in Kannada movies. He played the lead role in over 206 movies. His 100th film was ‘Bhaagyada Baagilu’, 200th being ‘Devataa Manushya’, and ‘Shabdhavedhi’ marking his last film in a lead role. His final on-screen appearance was in the 2005 movie ‘Jogi’ where his son Shivarajkumar played the lead role. Rajkumar also owned a production house called ‘Vajreshwari Production’ and produced films under Dakshayani Combines banner. From portrayal of mythological and historical roles to contemporary, social causes, he efficiently handled a wide range of characters in his career spanning over five decades. He was also the first actor from India to play the role of James Bond in movies.

Apart from acting, Rajkumar is well-known for his singing. Although his first song was in the movie ‘Ohileshwara’, his talent was recognized with the movie ‘Sampathige Sawaal’. His rendition of the song ‘Nadamaya’ from the movie ‘Jeevanachaitra’ won the Best Male Playback singer award at the National Film Awards.

He had mastered Yoga and pranayama. He actively took part in several Kannada Language movements. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan award by the Government of India, the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award, also an honorary doctorate from Mysore University. Many memorials too have been named after him in Karnataka and having said that he was a national star.

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Honours & Awards

Padma Bhushan Civilian Award 1983 Arts
Dadasaheb Phalke Award Indian Cinema Award 1995 Kannada Film Industry

Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

Rajkumar died on 12-04-2006 at his home in Sadashivanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. The cause of his death was a cardiac arrest.

DEATHDAY 12 April,2006 (Friday)
DEATH PLACE Sadashivanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka

Rajkumar Family, Relatives and Other Relations

He was born to Puttaswami and Lakshmiamma. He married Parvathamma and had 3 sons named Shiva, Raghavendra and Puneeth and 2 daughters named Lakshmi and Poornima

Life's Important Dates Of Rajkumar

Body Measurements

Skin Colour Dark
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Black

Personal Info

Home Town Gajanur, Tamil Nadu
Religion Hindu
Address Bangalore, Karnataka, India
School N/A
College N/A
Qualification School Dropout
Hobbies Travelling
Marital Status Married
Debut Kannada Film - Bedara Kannappa (1954)
Telugu Film - Sri Kalahastiswara Mahatyam (1954)
Best Movies Bangaarada Hoovu (1967), Bhakta Kumbara (1974), Haalu Jenu (1982), Jeevana Chaitra (1992), and Odahuttidavaru (1993) among others
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A


Favorite Color White
Favorite Player Anil Kumble
Favorite Sport Cricket
Favorite Actor Puneeth Rajkumar
Favorite Place Coorg

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Rajkumar

  • A memorial has been built at Kanteerava Studios in Bangalore.
  • He worked with Gubbi Drama Company for a long time. He joined this theatre company at the tender age of 8.
  • He has been felicitated with 11 Karnataka State awards including 9 awards for Best Actor and 2 for Best singer.
  • He was felicitated with the Padma Bhusan award in the year 1983.

Rajkumar Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Rajkumar was 76 years 11 months & 18 days old age.