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Famous Film Actors From Karnataka

Updated October 13, 2018 63.3k views179 items

List of famous movie actors & actresses who were born in Karnataka, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Some of these celebrities weren't necessarily born in Karnataka, as in some cases Karnataka may only be their hometown and not necessarily their birthplace. If you're from Karnataka then your city's claim to fame might be that the actors and actresses listed below are from there as well. There may be a lot of famous athletes, musicians and other famous people that were born in Karnataka, but this list highlights only names of actors and actresses.

This list has a variety of items in it, from Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to Anushka Shetty.

This list answers the questions, "Which actors are from Karnataka?" and "Which famous actors were born in Karnataka?"
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  • Prakash Raj

    Films Acted InBombay, Saguni, Aarya, Dhoni, Pokkiri

    BirthplaceIndia, Bangalore

    NationalityIndia

    ChildrenSidhu Rai, Pooja Rai, Meghna Rai

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  • Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

    Films Acted InDevdas, Bride and Prejudice, The Pink Panther 2, Dhoom 2, I Have Found It

    BirthplaceMangalore, India

    NationalityIndia

    Height5'6"

    ParentsKrishnaraj Rai, Brindya Rai

    ChildrenAaradhya Bachchan

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  • Rajnikanth

    Rajnikanth

    Age: 69

    Films Acted InSivaji, Thalapathi, Chandramukhi, 16 Vayathinile, Thillu Mullu

    BirthplaceBangalore, India

    NationalityIndia

    Height5'8"

    ParentsRamoji Rao Gaekwad, Jijabai

    ChildrenAishwarya R. Dhanush, Soundarya R. Ashwin

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  • Sunil Shetty

    Films Acted InOm Shanti Om, Riddle, I am Here, Chup Chup Ke, LOC Kargil

    BirthplaceMulki, India, India

    NationalityIndia

    Height1.82

    ChildrenAahan Shetty, Atiya Shetty

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  • Vishnuvardhan

    Vishnuvardhan

    Dec. at 59 (1950-2009)

    Films Acted InSri Raghavendrar, The Terrorist, Kauravar, Viduthalai, Muthina Haara

    BirthplaceMysore, India

    NationalityIndia

    Height5'6"

    ParentsKamakshamma, H.L. Narayana Rao

    ChildrenKeerthi Vishnuvardhan, Chandana Vishnuvardhan

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  • Sudeep

    Sudeep

    Age: 46

    Films Acted InPhoonk 2, Rakhta Charitra 2, Eega, Rakhta Charitra, Rann

    BirthplaceShimoga, India

    NationalityIndia

    Height1.88

    ParentsM Sanjeev, Saroja

    ChildrenSaanvi

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  • Upendra

    Upendra

    Age: 51

    Films Acted InSalute, Super (Symbol), A, Auto Shankar, Aishwarya

    BirthplaceKundapur, Karnataka, India

    NationalityIndia

    Height5'8"

    ParentsAnasuya, Manjunath Rao

    ChildrenAyush Upendra, Aishwarya Upendra

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  • Shankar Nag

    Shankar Nag

    Dec. at 36 (1954-1990)

    Films Acted InUtsav, Accident, Geetha, I Love You, Bhaari Bharjari Bete

    BirthplaceHonnavar, India

    NationalityIndia

    Height5'6"

    ParentsAnandi Nagarkatte, Sadanand Nagarkatte

    ChildrenKavya Nag

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  • Anant Nag

    Anant Nag

    Age: 71

    Films Acted InYuva, The Seedling, Nishant, Kalyug, Bhumika: The Role

    BirthplaceUttara Kannada, India

    NationalityIndia

    Height1.8

    ParentsAnandi Nagarkatte, Sadanand Nagarkatte

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  • Puneeth Rajkumar

    Films Acted InMilana, Jackie, Appu, Bindaas, Aakash

    BirthplaceChennai, India

    NationalityIndia

    Height1.75

    ParentsRajkumar, Parvathamma Rajkumar

    ChildrenVanditha Rajkumar, Drithi Rajkumar

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  • Films Acted InGarv, Jeet, Ishq, Haseena Maan Jaayegi, Mrityudand

    BirthplaceIndia, Bangalore

    NationalityIndia

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  • Shivrajkumar

    Films Acted InNammoora Mandara Hoove, Satya in Love, Lakshmi, Jogi, Shiva

    BirthplaceGajanur, Shimoga

    NationalityIndia

    Height5'8"

    ParentsRajkumar, Parvathamma Rajkumar

    ChildrenNiveditha Rajkumar, Nirupama Rajkumar

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  • V. Ravichandran

    Films Acted InPammal K. Sambandam, Kanden Kadhalai, Chikku Bukku, There's No Time for Love, Ramanaa

    BirthplaceVellore, India

    NationalityIndia

    ParentsN. Veeraswamy, Arcot N. Veeraswami

    ChildrenR. Manoranjan, R. Vikram

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  • Ramesh Aravind

    Films Acted InSathi Leelavathi, Panchathantiram, Rhythm, Avvai Shanmughi, Kutty

    BirthplaceKarnataka, Eurasia, India, Bangalore Urban district, Bangalore

    NationalityIndia

    ChildrenNiharika, Arjun

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  • Ganesh

    Ganesh

    Age: 39

    Films Acted InChintakayala Ravi, Mungaru Male, Amrithadhare, Adavi Ramudu, Gaalipata

    BirthplaceBangalore, India

    NationalityIndia

    Height1.63

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  • Asha Parekh

    Asha Parekh

    Age: 77

    Films Acted InKati Patang, Baharon Ke Sapne, Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai, Aan Milo Sajna, Kaalia

    BirthplaceMumbai, India

    NationalityIndia

    Height5'3"

    ParentsSudha Parekh, Pranlal Parekh

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  • Shilpa Shetty

    Films Acted InOm Shanti Om, Life In A... Metro, Kushi, Baazigar, Mr. Romeo

    BirthplaceMangalore, India

    NationalityIndia

    Height1.78

    ParentsSunanda Shetty, Surendra Shetty

    ChildrenViaan Raj Kundra

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  • Raghavendra Rajkumar

    Films Acted InNanjundi Kalyana, Gajapathi Garvabhanga, Aasegobba Meesegobba, Swasthik

    BirthplaceChennai, India

    NationalityIndia

    ParentsRajkumar, Parvathamma Rajkumar

    ChildrenVinay Rajkumar, Guru Rajkumar

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  • M.B. Shetty

    Dec. at 44 (1938-1982)

    Films Acted InChina Town, Trishul, The Train, Don, Yaadon Ki Baaraat

    BirthplaceIndia, Mangalore

    NationalityIndia

    ChildrenRohit Shetty, Hriday Shetty

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  • Ambareesh

    Ambareesh

    Age: 67

    Films Acted InZehreela Insaan, Sri Manjunatha, Garuda Dhwaja, Kallarali Hoovagi, Premaloka

    BirthplaceMaddur, Mandya, India

    NationalityIndia

    ParentsHuche Gowda

    ChildrenAbishek Ambareesh

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  • Anushka Shetty

    Films Acted InThaandavam, Saguni, Singam, Singam II, Vettaikaaran

    BirthplaceMangalore, India

    NationalityIndia

    Height6'0"

    ParentsA.N. Vittal Shetty, Prafulla Shetty

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  • Suman

    Age: 60

    Films Acted InSivaji, Aegan, Padikkadavan, Engeyum Kadhal, Bollywood Dreams

    BirthplaceMangalore, India

    NationalityIndia

    ParentsSusheel Chander, Kesari Chander

    ChildrenAkilaja Prathyusha

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  • Srinath

    Srinath

    Age: 75

    Films Acted InThoovanathumbikal, Ullam Ketkumae, Baazi, Maanbumigu Maanavan, Satya in Love

    BirthplaceKarnataka, India

    NationalityIndia

    ChildrenRohit Srinath

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  • Diganth

    Diganth

    Age: 36

    Films Acted InMungaru Male, Jolly Boy, E-Preeti, Manasaare, Gaalipata

    BirthplaceSagara, India

    NationalityIndia

    Height5'6"

    ParentsMallika Krishnamurthy, Sri Krishnamurthy

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  • Prabhu Deva

    Films Acted InPokkiri, Gentleman, Villu, Minsara Kanavu, Kaathala Kaathala

    BirthplaceIndia, Mysore

    NationalityIndia

    ParentsMugur Sundar

    ChildrenBasavaraju Sundaram

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