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Famous Film Actors From Tamil Nadu

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List of famous movie actors & actresses who were born in Tamil Nadu, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Some of these celebrities weren't necessarily born in Tamil Nadu, as in some cases Tamil Nadu may only be their hometown and not necessarily their birthplace. If you're from Tamil Nadu 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 Tamil Nadu, but this list highlights only names of actors and actresses.

List items range from Padma Lakshmi to Hema Malini.

This list answers the questions, "Which actors are from Tamil Nadu?" and "Which famous actors were born in Tamil Nadu?"
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Rekha is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Actors From Tamil Nadu
Age 64, Credits: Om Shanti Om, Koi... Mil Gaya & Namak Haraam

Birthplace: Chennai, India

Nationality: India

Parents: Gemini Ganesan, Pushpavalli

Bhanurekha Ganesan (born 10 October 1954), better known by her stage name Rekha, is an Indian film actress. Noted for her versatility and acknowledged as one of the finest actresses in Indian ...more
Hema Malini is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Actors From Tamil Nadu
Age 70, Credits: Veer-Zaara, Sholay & Hey Ram

Birthplace: Eurasia, India, Ammankudi, Tamil Nadu

Nationality: India

Parents: Jaya Chakravarthy, V.S. Ramanujam Chakravarthy

Children: Esha Deol, Ahana Deol

Hema Malini (born 16 October 1948) is an Indian actress, writer, director, producer, dancer and politician. In 1962, she made her acting debut in the Tamil film Ithu Sathiyam. Malini first acted ...more
Nassar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Actors From Tamil Nadu
Age 60, Credits: Bombay, Vishwaroopam & Vettai

Birthplace: Melmaruvathur Adhiparasakthi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, main campus, Kanchipuram district, Eurasia, India, + more

Nationality: India

Parents: Mehaboob Basha, Mumtaz Beghum

Nassar (Arabic: نصار‎), is an Arabic surname. It means Helper, Protector, Supporter, Victory-maker.People with the surname include: Ali Nassar (born 1954), Arab-Israeli film director Azmi Nassar ...more
Kamal Haasan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Actors From Tamil Nadu
Age 64, Credits: Vishwaroopam, Hey Ram & Indian

Birthplace: Paramakudi, India

Nationality: India

Parents: D. Srinivasan, Rajalakshmi Srinivasan

Children: Shruti Haasan, Akshara haasan

Kamal Haasan is an Indian film actor, dancer, film director, screenwriter, producer, playback singer, lyricist and politician who works primarily in Tamil cinema. Haasan has won awards including ...more

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Rajkumar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Actors From Tamil Nadu
Dec. at 77 (1929-2006), Credits: Bhookailas, Kaviratna Kalidasa & Mayura

Birthplace: India, Gajanur

Nationality: India

Parents: Singanalluru Puttaswamayya, Lakshmamma

Children: Shivrajkumar, Puneeth Rajkumar, Poornima, Raghavendra Rajkumar, Vinod Raj, + more

Rajkumar, Raj Kumar, Razkumar may refer to:

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Vivek is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Actors From Tamil Nadu
Age 57, Credits: Sivaji, Singam & Anniyan

Birthplace: India, Madurai

Nationality: India

Vivekanandan, known by his stage name Vivek, is an Indian film actor, comedian, television personality, playback singer and activist working in the Tamil film industry. Introduced in films by ...more
Manivannan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Actors From Tamil Nadu
Manivannan Dec. at 60 (1953-2013), Credits: Sivaji, I Have Found It & Thulladha Manamum Thullum

Birthplace: Eurasia, Sulur, India, Coimbatore district, Tamil Nadu

Nationality: India

Parents: R.S. Maniam, Maragatham

Children: Raghuvannan, Jothi

S. Manivannan Rajagopal (31 July 1953 – 15 June 2013), better known by his stage name Manivannan, was an Indian film actor, director and Tamil activist. In a career spanning three decades, he ...more
Sridevi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Actors From Tamil Nadu
Age 55, Credits: Moondram Pirai, Sigappu Rojakkal & 16 Vayathinile

Birthplace: India, Sivakasi

Nationality: India

Parents: Rajeswari Yanger, Ayyapan Yanger

Children: Khushi Kapoor, Jhanvi Kapoor

Sridevi (born Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan; 13 August 1963 – 24 February 2018) was an Indian actress and producer, who worked in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films. Regarded as the ...more

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Waheeda Rehman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Actors From Tamil Nadu
Age 81, Credits: Water, Rang De Basanti & Naseeb

Birthplace: India, Chengalpattu

Nationality: India

Children: Kashvi Rekhi, Sohail Rekhi

Waheeda Rehman (born 3 February 1938) is an Indian actress who has appeared in mainly Hindi films, as well as Telugu, Tamil, Bengali and Malayalam films. She is noted for her contributions to ...more
Manobala is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Actors From Tamil Nadu
Age 65, Credits: Thuppakki, Nanban & Saguni

Birthplace: India, Sulur

Nationality: India

Manobala (born 8 December 1953) is a Tamil director, producer and comedian actor who predominantly plays supporting roles. He has appeared in nearly 900 films. Manobala has directed 40 films, 19 ...more
Manorama is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Actors From Tamil Nadu

Birthplace: India, Mannargudi

Nationality: India

Parents: Ramamitham, Kasi Clockudaiyar

Children: Bhupathi

Manorama is an actress.
Senthil is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Actors From Tamil Nadu
Age 67, Credits: Vazhakku Enn 18/9, I Have Found It & Indian

Birthplace: India

Nationality: India

Parents: Thirukammal, Ramamoorthi

Children: Dr. Manikanda Prabhu, Hemachandra Prabhu

Senthil (born 23 March 1951), is an actor from Tamil Nadu, India. He is notable for his comedian roles along with fellow actor Goundamani.
V. Ravichandran is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Actors From Tamil Nadu
Age 57, Credits: Pammal K. Sambandam, Kanden Kadhalai & Chikku Bukku

Birthplace: Vellore, India

Nationality: India

Parents: N. Veeraswamy, Arcot N. Veeraswami

Children: R. Geethanjali, R. Vikram, R. Manoranjan

Veeraswamy Ravichandran, known simply as Ravichandran, is an Indian actor and filmmaker in Kannada cinema, known for his multi-faceted works in his associated films.Son of notable film producer ...more

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Prabhu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Actors From Tamil Nadu
Age 62, Credits: Kaalapani, Billa & 3

Birthplace: Eurasia, India, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Nationality: India

Parents: Kamala Ganesan, Sivaji Ganesan

Children: Vikram Prabhu, Aishwarya Prabhu

Prabhu (born 25 December 1956) is an Indian film actor, businessman and film producer who has predominantly appeared in Tamil language films and also in a few Malayalam and Telugu films. He is ...more
Vadivelu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Actors From Tamil Nadu
Age 58, Credits: Aarya, Pokkiri & Chandramukhi

Birthplace: India, Madurai

Nationality: India

Kumaravadivel Natarajan (born 10 October 1960), known professionally as Vadivelu, is an Indian film actor, comedian and playback singer. Since the 1990s, he has performed in supporting and lead ...more
Ramya Krishnan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Actors From Tamil Nadu
Age 51, Credits: Kaaka Kaaka, Panchathantiram & Rhythm

Birthplace: Chennai, India

Nationality: India

Children: Ritwik Vamsi

Ramya Krishnan (born 15 September 1970), is an Indian film actress. She has acted in over 200 films in five languages: Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. Ramya has won four Filmfare ...more
Nagarjuna is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Actors From Tamil Nadu
Age 59, Credits: LOC Kargil, Ratchagan & Idhayathai Thirudathe

Birthplace: Chennai, India

Nationality: India

Parents: Annapurna Akkineni, Akkineni Nageswara Rao

Children: Naga Chaitanya, Akhil Akkineni, Akkineni Akhil

Akkineni Nagarjuna (born 29 August 1959) is an Indian film actor, producer, television presenter, and entrepreneur known for his works primarily in Telugu and Hindi language films. He has ...more
Vijay is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Actors From Tamil Nadu
Age 44, Credits: Thuppakki, Nanban & Pokkiri

Birthplace: Chennai, India

Nationality: India

Parents: Shobha Chandrasekhar, S. A. Chandrasekhar

Children: Divya Saasha, Jason Sanjay

C. Joseph Vijay (born 22 June 1974), professionally known as Vijay, is an Indian film actor and playback singer who works in Tamil cinema. He is one of the highest paid actors in Tamil cinema. ...more

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Raghavendra Rajkumar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Actors From Tamil Nadu
Age 53, Credits: Nanjundi Kalyana, Gajapathi Garvabhanga & Aasegobba Meesegobba

Birthplace: Chennai, India

Nationality: India

Parents: Rajkumar, Parvathamma Rajkumar

Children: Vinay Rajkumar, Guru Rajkumar

Raghavendra Rajkumar is an Indian film producer and former actor in Kannada cinema. He was also a singer and sang in some movies in which he acted. He is the second son of actor Rajkumar and ...more
Nagesh is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Actors From Tamil Nadu
Dec. at 76 (1933-2009), Credits: Thalapathi, Kaadhal Kondein & Minnale

Birthplace: India, Dharapuram

Nationality: India

Parents: Rukmaniamma Rao, Krishna Rao

Children: Ramesh Babu, Rajesh Babu, Anand Babu

Nagesh (born Cheyur Krishna Nageshwaran; (27 September 1933 – 31 January 2009) was an Indian film actor, mostly remembered for his roles as a comedian during the 1960s. He is regarded as one of ...more
Santhanam is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Actors From Tamil Nadu
Age 39, Credits: Oru Kal Oru Kannadi, Neethaane En Ponvasantham & Thaandavam

Birthplace: Polichalur, India

Nationality: India

N. Santhanam is an Indian film actor and producer whose main works are in Tamil cinema. Beginning his career as a comedian on television, he rose to fame through his performances in STAR Vijay's ...more

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Meena is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Actors From Tamil Nadu
Age 42, Credits: Thenali, Veera & Rhythm

Birthplace: Chennai, India

Nationality: India

Parents: Durairaj, Raj Mallika

Children: Nainika Durairaj

Meena is an Indian film actress who works in the South Indian film industry. Meena debuted as a child artist in the Tamil film Nenjangal in 1982 and has later appeared in films produced by ...more
Vikram is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Actors From Tamil Nadu
Age 52, Credits: Thaandavam, Anniyan & Sivaputrudu

Birthplace: Chennai, India

Nationality: India

Parents: Rajeshwari Raj, Vinod Raj

Children: Akshita, Dhruv

Kennedy John Victor (born 17 April 1966), better known by his stage name Vikram or Chiyaan Vikram, is an Indian actor and singer who predominantly appears in Tamil language films. He has won ...more

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Sivaji Ganesan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Actors From Tamil Nadu
Dec. at 73 (1928-2001), Credits: Thevar Magan, Muthal Mariyathai & Once More

Birthplace: Eurasia, India, Viluppuram district, Viluppuram, Tamil Nadu

Nationality: India

Parents: Rajamani Ammal, Chinnaiya Manrayar

Children: Shanthi Ganesan, Ramkumar Ganesan, Prabhu, Thenmozhi Ganesan

V. Chinniah Mandrayar Ganeshamurthy, better known by his stage name Sivaji Ganesan, (1 October 1928 – 21 July 2001) was an Indian actor, and producer. He was active in Tamil cinema during the ...more
Sukumari is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Actors From Tamil Nadu
Dec. at 73 (1940-2013), Credits: Thoovanathumbikal, Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha & Appunni

Birthplace: India, Nagercoil

Nationality: India

Parents: Madhavan Nair, Sathyabhama Amma

Children: Dr.Suresh Bhimsingh, B. Kannan, B. Lenin

Sukumari (6 October 1940 – 26 March 2013) was an Indian film actress best known for her work in Malayalam and Tamil films.She began acting at the age of 10. In 2003, she was awarded the Padma ...more