Rao Gopal Rao

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Rao Gopal Rao
Member of Parliament
In office
3 April 1986 until 2 April 1992
Personal details
Born(1937-01-14)14 January 1937
Kakinada, Madras Presidency, British India
Died13 August 1994(1994-08-13) (aged 57)
Political partyTelugu Desam Party
Spouse(s)Kamala Kumari

Rao Gopal Rao (born Raavu Gopala Rao) (14 January 1937 – 13 August 1994) was an Indian film character actor, and producer, known for his works predominantly in the Telugu cinema, and Telugu theatre.[1] In a film career spanning more than forty years, Rao starred in more than four hundred feature films in a variety of characters. Rao was known for his gruesome portrayals of lead antagonist roles with a touch of humor.[2] Rao was presented with Kala Prapoorna in 1990 by Andhra University and was honored with "Natavirat" and "Chittoru Nagayya Award" in 1987.[3][4]

Rao was known for his villainous roles in works such as Muthyala Muggu (1975), Bhakta Kannappa (1976), Gorantadiipam (1978), Manavoori Pandavulu (1978), Kaliyuga Ravanasurudu (1980), Tyagayya (1981), Ooriki Monagadu (1981), Gudachari No.1 (1983), Abhilasha (1983), Khaidi (1983), Challenge (1984), Jaakii (1985), Bullet (1985), Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu (1989), Lorry Driver (1990), Kondaveeti Donga (1990), and Gang Leader (1991).[2]

Early life[edit]

Rao Gopal Rao was born in 1937 in Ganganapalli near Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India.[citation needed] He started his career onstage, with his own company, Associated Amateur Drama Company and did many plays under the banner. S. V. Ranga Rao saw his plays and recommended him to Gutta Ramineedu, who was making Bhakta Potana (1966).[5] He worked as an assistant director for this film. He served as an assistant director in other films, including Bangaru Sankellu and Mooga Prema.[2]


He was appointed to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council in 1984-85 and Indian Parliament by N. T. Rama Rao, the then chief minister of Andhra Pradesh. He was a member of Rajya Sabha from 3 April 1986 until 2 April 1992.[6]


He died on 13 August 1994, aged 57. The film Prema & Co was released after his death. His son, Rao Ramesh, is a Telugu film actor.[citation needed]



  1. ^ "Drama competition from Oct. 9". 28 September 2015 – via www.thehindu.com.
  2. ^ a b c Tfn, Team. "Rao Gopal Rao". Telugu Filmnagar.
  3. ^ kavirayani, suresh (8 April 2018). "Rao Gopala Rao's wife passes away!". Deccan Chronicle.
  4. ^ "Tollywood Movie Actor Rao Gopal Rao Biography, News, Photos, Videos". nettv4u.
  5. ^ "Harish Shankar brings back Rao Gopal Rao's look in Duvvada Jagannadham". in.style.yahoo.com.
  6. ^ "Profile of Former Rajya Sabha members" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 October 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2012.

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