Ranganath (actor)

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Born T. Sundara Sri Ranganath
17 July 1949
Madras, India
Died 19 December 2015 (2015-12-20) (aged 66)
Hyderabad, India
Alma mater Sri Venkateswara University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1969-2015
Children 2 Daughters
1 Son (Tirumala Nagendra Kumar)

Ranganath (Telugu: రంగనాథ్); (born Tirumala Sundara Sri Ranganath) (17 July 1949 – 19 December 2015) was an Indian film actor known for his works primarily in Telugu cinema, Telugu Theater, television, and a few Tamil films.[1] In a film career spanning more than forty years, Ranganath starred in more than three hundred feature films in a variety of roles. He made his debut with the 1969 Telugu film Budhimantudu.[2]

Subsequently, he starred in films such as Chandana, Zamindarugari Ammayi, Devathalara Deevinchandi, Panthulamma, Intinti Ramayanam, America Ammayi, Andame Anandam while establishing himself as one of the finest actors in Telugu cinema. Ranganath received state Nandi Awards for his works.[3] Ranganath hanged himself to death at his residence in Hyderabad on 19 December 2015.[2][4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Ranganath was born Tirumala Sundara Sri Ranganath in Madras on 17 July 1949 into the family of T. R. Sundara Raju and T. R. Janaki Devi. He then graduated with a B.A. degree from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati. Ranganath then worked as ticket collector for the Indian Railways before becoming an actor. His wife Tirumala Chaithanya died in 2009.[4] They had two daughters, and a son, Tirumala Nagendra Kumar.[4]


Ranganath was found hanging in his residence at Hyderabad on 19 December 2015 at about 5 pm. Family members rushed him to the hospital, but he was declared dead on arrival. Police investigated the situation, and upon autopsy and further evidence, confirmed suicide.[4][6][7]

Selected filmography[edit]



  1. ^ "Yesteryear actor Ranganath hangs himself in Hyderabad". The Times of India. 20 December 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Bijaya Kumar Das (19 December 2015). "Telugu actor Ranganath dead, cops suspect suicide". indiatoday. Retrieved 29 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "ప్రముఖ తెలుగు సినీ సీనియర్ నటుడు రంగనాథ్ స్వర్గస్థులయ్యారు" [Senior Telugu actor Ranganath no more]. Telugu Chitraa (in Telugu). December 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Depressed Ranganath Rejected Acting Offers". The New Indian Express. 21 December 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "Telugu actor Ranganath no more". ABP Live. 19 December 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2015. 
  6. ^ Suhaas Bharadwaj (19 December 2015). "Actor Ranganath passes away, found hanging". News Bing - Latest News. Retrieved 29 December 2015. 
  7. ^ "Senior Actor Ranganath Died - Versatile Telugu Film Actor". Telangana State Information,-News. 19 December 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2015.