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Born Manohar Velmurugan Thangasamy
(1960-03-06) 6 March 1960 (age 55)
Kovilpatti, Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality Indian
Other names Charle
Occupation Film actor, comedian
Years active 1982—present

Charle sometimes credited as Charlie (born Manohar Velmurugan Thangasamy; born 6 March 1960) is an Indian actor who has acted in more than 550 Tamil films as a comedian and supporting actor.


He completed his undergraduate degree in chemistry from G. V. N. College in Kovilpatti, Tamil Nadu. Even during those days when he was at college, he was known for his histrionics, and had the uncanny ability to imitate Tamil actors like Sivaji Ganeshan, Muthuraman, and Nagesh. He was an avid entertainer, and a popular stage artist, while at this college.

He started his career as a Staff Artist – Actor in Song & Drama Division of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and moved on to perform more than 10000 drama shows in Six years. He was named as Charle and introduced in the film "Poikal Kuthirai" in the year 1982 by the eminent director Padma Sri Dr.k.Balachandar. He has proved as a versatile actor in comedy as well as character roles in Tamil and Telugu films. He has more than 550 films to his credit and has played a vital role in many films, including films produced by National Film Development Corporation of India. He is highly talented in miming, mono acting and anchoring in stage shows and he has performed in various countries.

He holds a Master of Arts degree from Madurai Kamaraj University and Master of Philosophy degree from Karaikudi Alagappa University. He submitted his dissertation for M.Phil in the title, "Contributions of Comedians in the growth of Tamil cinema – 1937 to 1967".[1][2]


Tamil Nadu State Government Award

Film Fans Association,Chennai

  • Best Comedian Award – 1994– 2 times
  • Best Character Artiste Award – 1996

Bharath Social & Cultural Academy, Chennai

  • Best Comedian Award – 1998, 1999, 2000 & 2001– 4 times

Kalaimamani Award 2004



  1. ^ "I still have a long way to go, says actor Charle". The Hindu. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Commitment hard to match". The Hindu. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 

External links[edit]

Actor Charlie at the Internet Movie Database