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. 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 (1985), Rudhra Thaandavam (1978) and Vikram (1986). He died on December 24, 2002 in India.

2. Nassar

Actor | Baahubali 2: The Conclusion

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 | Chennai Express

Delhi Ganesh is an actor and producer, known for Chennai Express (2013), Pasi (1979) and Ennul Aayiram (2016).

4. Manivannan

Director | Jallikkattu

Manivannan was born on July 31, 1954 in Sulur, Madras State, India as Manivannan Rajagopal. He was an actor and director, known for Jallikkattu (1987), Pudhu Manithan (1991) and Nooravathu Naal (1984). 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 Anaganaga Oka Roju (1997). He was married to Rohini. He died on March 19, 2008 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

6. Vadivelu

Actor | Pokkiri

Vadivelu is known for his work on Pokkiri (2007), Imsai Arasan 23 M Pulikesi (2006) and Chandramukhi (2005).

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 Sahasa Veerudu Sagara Kanya (1996). 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 | Kanchana: Muni 2

Kovai Sarala is known for her work on Kanchana: Muni 2 (2011), Sathi Leelavathi (1995) and Poovellam Un Vaasam (2001).

12. Santhanam

Actor | Siruthai

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 | Enga Veetu Pillai

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

14. Goundamani

Actor | Gentleman

Goundamani is an actor, known for Gentleman (1993), Baba (2002) 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 Malayur Mambattiyaan (1983).

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), Kalki (1996) and Un Samayal Arayil (2014).

18. Manobala

Producer | Sathuranga Vettai

Manobala is an actor and director, known for Sathuranga Vettai (2014), December 31st (1988) and Vetri Padigal (1991).

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 writer, 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

Kumaresan Duraisamy, better known by his stage name Nepoleon, is an Indian film actor, politician and the founder and chairman of the Jeevan Technologies and Jeevan Foundation. He was the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment in Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Cabinet. Earlier...

22. M.R. Radha

Actor | Aananda Jothi

M.R. Radha is an actor, known for Aananda Jothi (1963), Dashavatar (1977) and Pudhiya Paravai (1964).

23. S.A. Chandrashekhar

Director | Nenjinile

S.A. Chandrashekhar is a director and writer, known for Nenjinile (1999), Sendhoorapandi (1993) and Jeevan Ki Shatranj (1993).

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 Roja (1992). 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), Anthimanthaarai (1996) and 100% Love (2011). He is married to Manjula.

26. Ashish Vidyarthi

Actor | 24

Ashish Vidyarthi was born on June 19, 1962 in Tellicherry, Kerala, India. He is an actor, known for 24: India (2013), Haider (2014) and Pokiri (2006).

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 | Thuppakki

Jayaram was born in Perumbavoor, Kerala, India. He is an actor, known for Thuppakki (2012), Thinkal Muthal Velli Vare (2015) and Thenali (2000). He is married to Parvathi. They have two children.

30. Ramesh Aravind

Director | Butterfly

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 (1994), Kadamai Kanniyam Kattupaadu (1987) and Unnaipol Oruvan (2009).

33. Radhika Sarathkumar

Actress | Thanga Magan

Radhika Sarathkumar is an actress and producer, known for Thanga Magan (2015), Pasumponn (1995) and Keladi Kanmani (1990).

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), Naan Sigappu Manithan (2014) and Indru Netru Naalai (2015).

38. Kishore Kumar G.

Actor | Ulidavaru Kandanthe

Kishore Kumar G. is an actor, known for Ulidavaru Kandanthe (2014), Haridas (2013) and Kiragoorina Gayyaligalu (2016).

39. Raj Kiran

Actor | En Rasavin Manisile

Raj Kiran is an actor and producer, known for En Rasavin Manisile (1991), Thavamai Thavamiruntu (2005) and Power Paandi (2017).

40. Saranya Ponvannan

Actress | Velaiilla Pattadhari

Saranya Ponvannan is known for her work on Unemployed Graduate (2014), Thenmerku Paruvakaatru (2010) and Neer Paravai (2012).

41. Sayaji Shinde

Actor | 1 - Nenokkadine

Sayaji Shinde is an actor and producer, known for 1 - Nenokkadine (2014), Shool (1999) and Sanju (2018).

42. Nizhalgal Ravi

Actor | Ratsasan

Nizhalgal Ravi is an actor, known for Ratsasan (2018), Villain (2003) and Citizen (2001).

43. Janagaraj

Actor | Roja

Janagaraj is an actor, known for Roja (1992), 96 (2018) and Vikram (1986).

44. Venniradai Moorthy

Writer | Malai Sooda Va

Venniradai Moorthy is an actor and writer, known for Malai Sooda Va (1975), Naanum Oru Thozhilaali (1986) and Vetri (1984).

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), Athadu (2005) and Sarkar (2005).

46. Ramesh Khanna

Actor | Delhi Belly

Ramesh Khanna is an actor and writer, known for Delhi Belly (2011), Padaiyappa (1999) and Nam Naadu (2007).

47. Ilavarasu

Actor | Anbe Sivam

Ilavarasu is an actor, known for Anbe Sivam (2003), 7 Aum Arivu (2011) and Nam Naadu (2007).

48. Thyagu

Actor | Chandramukhi

Thyagu is an actor, known for Chandramukhi (2005), Singam (2010) and Saamy (2003).

49. Livingston

Writer | Kaakki Sattai

Livingston is an actor and writer, known for Kaakki Sattai (1985), Sarkar (2018) and Kadhalil Vizhunthen (2008).

50. Karthik Kumar

Actor | Veppam

Karthik Kumar is an actor, known for Veppam (2011), Alai Payuthey (2000) and Framed (2007).

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), Man Vasanai (1983) and Devasuram (1993). She was previously married to Menon, Suresh.

53. Y.G. Mahendran

Actor | Ramanujan

Y.G. Mahendran is an actor and director, known for Ramanujan (2014), Uravukku Kayi Koduppam (1975) and Kathai Kathayam Karnamam (1987).

54. Lakshmi Ramakrishnan

Actress | Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathe

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

55. Vijayan

Writer | Amrutha Geetham

Vijayan was born in 1944 in Kozhikode, Kerala, India. He was an actor and writer, known for Amrutha Geetham (1982), Varalaaru (2006) and Kochi Rajavu (2005). He died on September 22, 2007 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

56. Fathima Babu

Actress | Little John

Fathima Babu is an actress, known for Little John (2001), Nerukku Ner (1997) and Saroja (2008).

57. S.P. Balasubrahmanyam

Music_department | Sankarabharanam

S.P. Balasubrahmanyam 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 Sankarabharanam (1980), Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) and Rudra Veena (1988). He...

58. Malaysia Vasudevan

Soundtrack | Miss Lovely

Malaysia Vasudevan was born in 1943 in Klang, Selangor, Malaysia as Vasudevan Nair. He is known for his work on Miss Lovely (2012), Vetri Vizha (1989) and Minsaara Kanavu (1997). 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), Kondaveeti Donga (1990) and Puthiya Velicham (1979). She was married to George Thomas. She died on October 19, 2006 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.

61. Jai Sankar

Actor | Maanagaram

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

62. Geetha

Actress | Thalapathi

Geetha is an actress, known for Thalapathi (1991), Sreeragam (1995) and Geetam (1986).

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 | Vallavan Oruvan

Thengai Srinivasan is an actor, known for Vallavan Oruvan (1966), Kaakki Sattai (1985) and Aadu Puli Atham (1977).

65. R. Sundarajan

Director | Rajathi Raja

R. Sundarajan is an actor and director, known for Rajathi Raja (1988), Mela Thiranthathu Kadhavu (1986) and Amman Koil Kizhakkaalae (1986).

66. Cho Ramaswamy

Actor | Mr Sampath

Cho Ramaswamy was born on October 5, 1934 in Mylapore, Madras, British India as Srinivasa Iyer Ramaswamy. He was an actor and writer, known for Mr Sampath (1972), Mohammed-Bin-Tughlaq (1971) and Yarrukkum Vetkam Illai (1975). He was married to Soundara Ramaswamy. He died on December 7, 2016 in ...

67. Visu

Actor | Samsaram Athu Minsaram

Visu is an actor and director, known for Samsaram Athu Minsaram (1986), Aadhade Adharam (1976) and Gatti Melam (1985).

68. Gandhimathi

Actress | Peranbu

Gandhimathi is an actress, known for Peranbu (2018), Muthu (1995) and Jeans (1998).

69. S.V. Sekhar

Actor | Arasatchi

S.V. Sekhar is an actor, known for Arasatchi (2004), Mr. Bharath (1986) and Poove Poochudava (1985).

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 | Gomathi Nayagam

Ponvannan is an actor and director, known for Gomathi Nayagam (2004), Nam Naadu (2007) and Anjathe (2008).

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 Mr. Bechara (1996).

73. Junior Balaiya

Actor | Thani Oruvan

Junior Balaiya is an actor, known for Thani Oruvan (2015), Nerkonda Paarvai (2019) and Winner (2003).

74. M.N. Rajam

Actress | Piya Milan

M.N. Rajam is an actress, known for Piya Milan (1958), Rangoon Radha (1956) and Winner (2003).

75. Rajesh

Actor | Sholay

Rajesh is an actor, known for Sholay (1975), Hum Kisise Kum Naheen (1977) and Nerukku Ner (1997).

76. Kaka Radhakrishnan

Actor | Guna

Kaka Radhakrishnan was born in 1925 in Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India. He was an actor, known for Guna (1991), Respect for Love (1997) and Mangayar Karasi (1949). 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 Amarkalam (1999).

78. Karan

Actor | Karate

Karan is an actor, known for Karate (1983), Nerukku Ner (1997) and Puthiya Velicham (1979).

79. Chinnijayanth

Actor | Vikram

Chinnijayanth is an actor, known for Vikram (1986), En Swasa Katre (1999) and Samurai (2002).

80. 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.

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 Ente Ummante Peru (2018). 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 Aaram Vardil Aabhayandhara Kalakam (1990). 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. 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 Samurai (2002).

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 Mahathyam (1960).

87. T.S. Balaiah

Actor | Velaikkari

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

88. Major Sundarrajan

Actor | Andha Oru Nimidam

Major Sundarrajan was born in 1936 in Periyakulam, Tamil Nadu, India. He was an actor and director, known for Andha Oru Nimidam (1985), Nenjalgal (1982) and Indru Nee Nalai Naan (1983). He died on February 28, 2003 in Madras, Tamil Nadu.

89. Kalyana Kumar

Director | Love in Bangalore

Kalyana Kumar was born in 1936 in Bangalore, India as Chokkana Kumar. He is an actor and director, known for Love in Bangalore (1966), Endu Ninnavane (1966) and Kallu Sakkare (1967).

90. Jai Ganesh

Actor | Nilave Vaa

Jai Ganesh is an actor, known for Nilave Vaa (1998), Ennai Thalatta Varuvala (2003) and Maanbumigu Maanavan (1996).

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 (1985) and Darling Darling Darling (1982).

92. Charlie

Actor | 24

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

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 | Koottu

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

98. K.A. Thangavelu

Actor | Enga Veetu Pillai

K.A. Thangavelu is an actor, known for Enga Veetu Pillai (1965), Piya Milan (1958) and Thillana Mohanambal (1968).

99. Raja Krishnamoorthy

Director | Krishna

Raja Krishnamoorthy is an actor and director, known for Krishna (1996), Nayak: The Real Hero (2001) and Rakhta Charitra (2010).

100. M.A. Chokkalinga Bhagavathar

Actor | Sathi Leelavathi

M.A. Chokkalinga Bhagavathar is an actor, known for Sathi Leelavathi (1995), Sandhya Raagam (1989) and Veedu (1988).

101. Poornam Vishwanathan

Actor | Chithram

Poornam Vishwanathan was born in 1921. He was an actor, known for Chithram (1988), Guru (1980) and Aasai (1995). He died on October 1, 2008 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.



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