25 May 1938
Subramani Karuppaiya (born 25 May 1938), known by his stage name Goundamani, is an Indian actor and comedian. He is known for his comic duo partnership in Tamil films with fellow actor Senthil. He was called Goundamani after acting as a Gounder in one of his early day dramas and the pseudonym stuck with him forever. He has the ability to give counter dialogues on the spot and off the script on stage and during shooting but it has nothing to do with his screen name, contrary to popular belief (as counter is a term that was popular only from the late 2000s). So far, he has acted in over 310 films.
Early life and career
Goundamani was born as Subramaniyan in Vallakundapuram, a village near Udumalaipettai in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. His father is Karuppaiya and mother Annammal. He is married to Shanthi in 1963 and has 2 daughters.
On having interest in acting, he went to Chennai and initially started acting in theatre dramas and then entered into the Tamil film industry (Kollywood) due to his strong theatrical background. Goundamani has played lead roles in a few films during his career, but is predominantly a supporting actor playing comedy roles. While performing roles of a solo comedian in films, he often co-starred with Senthil to form a comedy duo. The pair was described as "Tamil cinema's Laurel and Hardy" and have performed slapstick humour in several Tamil films from the mid-1980s until the early 2000s. After recuperating from diabetes and respiratory illnesses during the late 2000s, he featured in Vaaimai and also played the lead role in 49-O, which began productions in 2013. It was directed by debutant Arokiadoss, a former assistant of Gautham Vasudev Menon. 
|1970||Raman Ethanai Ramanadi||School Van Driver|
|Uzhaikkum Karangal||Cameo Appearance|
|1977||16 Vayathinile||Subramani||Debut film|
|1978||Kizhake Pogum Rail||Ramaiya|
|1979||Anandam Enndru Arambam|
|Enga Oor Rajathi|
|Vali Illa Mamaram|
|Kudumbam Oru Kadambam|
|Pakkathu Veetu Roja|
|Valibamey Vaa Vaa|
|Malaiyoor Mambattiyan||'Silk' Singaram|
|Naan Sootiya Malar|
|Thoongadhe Thambi Thoongadhe|
|Naan Paadum Paadal|
|Neram Nalla Neram|
|Naalai Unathu Naal||Varadhan|
|Unnai Naan Santhithen|
|Karaiyai Thodadha Alaigal|
|Mannukketha Ponnu||Vishamurukki Veluchamy|
|Pagal Nilavu||George Kutty|
|Panam Pathum Seiyum|
|Thendral Thodatha Malar|
|Hello Yaar Pesurathu|
|Naane Raja Naane Mandhiri||Kuppusamy|
|1986||Annai En Deivam|
|Aayiram Pookkal Malarattum|
|Oru Rasigan Oru Rasigai|
|Isai Paadum Thendral|
|Per Sollum Pillai|
|Ninaive Oru Sangeetham|
|Idhu Oru Thodar Kathai|
|Poo Pootha Nandhavanam|
|Ennai Petha Rasa||Vakkeel|
|Karagattakaran||'Thavil Vidhwan' Thangavelu|
|Enga Ooru Mappillai|
|Pennbuthi Pin Buthi|
|Vaathiyaar Veettu Pillai|
|2001||Kunguma Pottu Gounder|
|2010||Jaggubhai||MIB alias Kalaniyappan|
|2016||Enakku Veru Engum Kilaigal Kidayathu||Caravan Krishnan|||
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