1 February 1956
|Honours||Padma Shri (2009)|
Kanneganti Brahmanandam (born 1 February 1956) is an Indian actor, comedian, and director known for his works predominantly in Telugu cinema. He currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most screen credits for a living actor, appearing in over 1,000 films to date. He was honoured with the Padma Shri, for his contribution to Indian cinema in 2009. Brahmanandam is regarded as one of the finest comic actors of India, noted particularly for his comic expressions. One of the most highly paid comedy actors in Indian Cinema, Brahmanandam has garnered six state Nandi Awards, one Filmfare Award South, six CineMAA Awards, and three South Indian International Movie Awards.
Early and personal life
Brahmanandam was born on 1 February 1956 in Sattenapalli, Guntur district of present-day Andhra Pradesh. Bramhanandam married Lakshmi and has two sons, Raja Gautham and Siddarth. Gautham is also an actor who starred in films such as Pallakilo Pellikuthuru (2004) and Manu (2018). Gautham is married and has a son born in 2017.
In January 2019, Brahmanandam underwent a successful heart bypass surgery at Asian Heart Institute (AHI) in Mumbai. 
Brahmanandam initially worked as Telugu language lecturer in Attili of West Godavari district. He then made his film debut in Jandhyala's directorial Aha Naa-Pellanta! (1987). He then played the lead role in Babai Hotel (1992).
Awards and honours
- Civilian honors
- In January 2009, the government of India bestowed the title of Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award, on Brahmanandam for his contributions to art.
- Nandi Award for Best Male Comedian - Money (1993)
- Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actor - Anna (1994)
- Nandi Award for Best Male Comedian - Anaganaga Oka Roju (1995)
- Nandi Award for Best Male Comedian - Vinodam (1996)
- Nandi Award for Best Male Comedian - Ready (2008)
- Nandi Award for Best Male Comedian - Race Gurram (2014)
- CineMAA Award for Best Comedian - Manmadhudu, Dhee, Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam, Adhurs & Dookudu
- SIIMA Award for Best Comedian (Telugu) - Dookudu (2011)
- SIIMA Award for Best Comedian (Telugu) - Baadshah (2013)
- SIIMA Award for Best Comedian (Telugu) - Race Gurram (2014)
- Hyderabad Times Film Awards Best Actor in a Comic Role - Dookudu (2011)
- TSR - TV9 National Film Award for Best Comedian - Attarintiki Daredi (2013)
Brahmanandam acted in more than 1,000 films.
- 1987: Aha Naa Pellanta as Ara Gundulu
- 1990: Jagadeka Veerudu Atiloka Sundari as Vichitra Kumar
- 1992: Babai Hotel as Rama Chandra Moorti
- 1993: Rajendrudu Gajendrudu as Bank Manager
- 1993: Money as Khan Dada
- 1993: Jamba Lakidi Pamba as Anandam
- 1993: Abbaigaru as Housekeeper
- 1994: Yamaleela as Chitragupta
- 1994: Alibaba Aradajanu Dongalu as Thief
- 1995: Alluda Majaka as Abbulu/Ms. Dakota
- 1995: Ghatotkachudu as Scrap Collector
- 1996: Anaganaga Oka Roju as Michael Jackson
- 1997: Annamayya as Pundit
- 1998: Bavagaru Bagunnara? as Gopi
- 2001: Nuvvu Naaku Nachav as Photographer
- 2002: Indra as Pundit
- 2002: Manmadhudu as Sooribabu Lavangam
- 2004: Venky as Gajala
- 2005: Evadi Gola Vaadidhi as Shankar Dada RMP
- 2005: Athadu as Kittu
- 2006: Pokiri as Brahmi - The Software Engineer
- 2006: Vikramarkudu as Duvva Abbulu
- 2007: Yamadonga as Chitragupta
- 2007: Dhee as Chary
- 2007: Dubai Seenu as Ramakrishna
- 2008: Krishna as Bobby
- 2008: King as jayasurya
- 2008: Jalsa as Pranav
- 2008: Ready as "McDowell" Murthy
- 2009: Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam as Gachibowli Diwakar
- 2009: Kick as Halwa Raj/Parugu Prakash Raj
- 2010: Adhurs as Bhattacharya (Bhattu)
- 2010: Namo Venkatesa as Paris Prasad
- 2010: Brindavanam as Bommarillu father
- 2011: Dookudu as Padmashri
- 2011: Payanam as Director Rajesh Kapur
- 2012: Julai as Thief
- 2013: Jaffa as Jasmine Falguda/Jaffa
- 2013: Naayak as Jilebi
- 2013: Balupu as Crazy Mohan
- 2013: Attarintiki Daredi as Baddam Bhaskar
- 2013: Baadshah as Padmanabha Simha
- 2013: Mirchi as Veera Pratep
- 2014: Race Gurram as Kill Bill Pandey
- 2014: Loukyam as Sippy
- 2015: Bruce Lee - The Fighter as Susuki Subramanyam alias Peter alias Pakodi
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