T. S. Balaiah
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August 23, 1914
Sundankottai, Thoothukudi District
|Died||July 22, 1972 (aged 57)|
|Years active||1936 - 1972|
Tirunelveli S. Balaiah (August 23, 1914 – July 22, 1972) was a Tamil film actor best known for playing supporting roles in the Tamil film industry. He was introduced to the cine field by director Ellis R. Dungan in Sathi Leelavathi (1936), along with MGR, N.S.Krishnan and M.K. Radha. He was one of the very few actors who excelled as a villain, as well as in character roles and comic roles. Among his villain roles, Ambikapathy (1937), Madurai Veeran (1956), Hello Mr. Zamindar, and Thiruvilayadal (1965) were classics. Balaiah also excelled in comedy roles in movies such as Kavalai Illatha Manithan (1960), Kaadhalika Neramillai (1964), Bama Vijayam (1967) and Thillana Mohanambal (1968). Actor Sivaji Ganesan had once mentioned that Balaiah was his most admired actor.
S. Balaiah was born on August 23, 1914. He was born in Sundankottai, now in Thoothukudi district, Tamil Nadu. He ran away from home at young age and joined a Circus. Later joined Jagannatha Iyer’s famous drama company which was working in Tirunelveli and from which no turning back.
- T.S.Balaiya at the Internet Movie Database
- The Three-in-One T. S. Balaiah in My Movie Minutes
- "100 years of laughter". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 23 August 2014.
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