Sivakumar in 2011
27 October 1941 
Kasigoundan Puthur, Coimbatore, Madras Presidency, British India
K.E. Gnanavel Raja (nephew)
Sivakumar (born 27 October 1941 is an actor who has portrayed a wide range of leading and supporting roles onscreen. Sivakumar was introduced in the Tamil movie Kaakum Karangal (1965), a film that starred S.S.Rajendran in the lead role, which was produced by AVM Productions. Apart from acting, Sivakumar is known as a painter.
Sivakumar came into the industry in 1965 as a supporting actor. In this capacity he has starred notable films such as Tamil movies such as Kandan Karunai, Thunivae Thozhan and Uyarndha Manidhan. From the mid 1970s to the late 1980s, Sivakumar was a leading actor in Kollywood, acting in successful movies like Annakili, Rosaappo Ravikkai Kaari, Vandichakkaram and Sindhu Bhairavi. He has acted in nearly 200 films till date. He has co-starred with many leading Tamil actors such of three generations, including Sivaji Ganesan, M. G. Ramachandran, Gemini Ganesan, Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Ajith, Vijay and Vikram. He is a three-time winner of Filmfare Awards and a recipient of Tamil Nadu State Film Awards. His roles in Marupakkam and Sindhu Bhairavi showed his versatility as an actor, with the former winning the Golden Lotus Award for Best Feature Film. In the late 1990s, he ventured into television serials, and is well known for his role as Raadhika's husband in the famous TV serial Chithi.
Sivakumar is married to Lakshmi and the couple have three children; two sons who are actors, Surya Sivakumar and Karthik Sivakumar, and a daughter Brindha. His elder daughter-in-law, Jyothika was a leading Kollywood actress and his younger daughter-in-law is Ranjini Chinnaswamy.
|1966||Motor Sundaram Pillai|
|1973||Ponukku Thanga Manasu|
|1975||Engan Pattan Sothu|
|1977||Bhuvana Oru Kelvi Kuri|
|1978||Kannan Oru Kai Kuzhandhai|
|1979||Rosaappo Ravikkai Kaari||Winner, Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award
|1980||Avan Aval Adhu||Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor|
|1980||Vandichakkaram||Winner, Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award|
|1982||Agni Sakshi||Winner, Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor|
|1983||Veetiley Raman Veliyeley Krishnan|
|1983||Indru Nee Nalai Naan|
|1985||Sindhu Bhairavi||J. K. Balaganapathi|
|1986||Isai Paadum Thendral|
|1986||Ini Oru Suthanthiram|
|1988||Oruvar Vaazhum Aalayam|
|1991||Sir I Love You|
|1992||Annan Ennada Thambi Ennada|
|1992||Onna Irukka Kathukanum||Sivaraman|
|1993||Porantha Veeda Puguntha Veeda|
|1999||Unnai Thedi||Adhi Narayanan|
|2001||Poovellam Un Vasam|
- Ethanai Manidhargal (1997)
- Chithi (1999)
- Annamalai (2001)
- 1979 – Best Actor Award for Rosaappo Ravikkai Kaari
- 1980 – Best Actor Award for Vandichakkaram
- 2007 – Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
- "Sivakumar Educational Trust honours examination toppers". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 14 June 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- Ashok Kumar, S. R. (15 April 2003). "A chip off the old block?". The Hindu. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- "Bringing out the 'artist' in him". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 16 February 2003.
- "Actor Sivakumar talks on books". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 31 August 2008. Retrieved 2010-01-21.