T. R. Ramachandran

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T. R. Ramachandran
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T. R. Ramachandran in late 1940s
Born (1917-01-09)January 9, 1917
Died November 30, 1990(1990-11-30) (aged 73)
Los Angeles, USA
Cause of death failed open heart surgery
Occupation Actor
Years active 1938-1982
Spouse(s) R Seetha (Married on Feb 9 1947)

Thirukampuliyur Ranga Rao Ramachandran (9 January 1917 – 30 November 1990[1][2]) was a Tamil actor and comedian who acted in lead or supportive roles, especially in comical parts, from the 1940s to the 1960s. Known for his distinctive saucer-eyes, Ramachandran was known as "The Eddie Cantor of India".[3]

Early Life[edit]

Thirukampuliyur Rangarao Ramachandran came from a Madhwa Brahmin family in Tiruchi district. As a child, he had no interest in studies and played truant from school.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1938 Nandakumar First film as actor. Box-office failure[5]
1940 Vaayaadi A hen-pecked husband[6] First movie as lead
1941 Naveena Markandeyar
Thiruvalluvar
Sabapathy Sabhapathy M. First hit movie. Ramachandran's most popular role ever
1942 Kannagi
1943 Diwan Bahadur
Devakanya
1944 Prabhavathi
1945 Maanasamrakshanam
Sri Valli
1946 Arthanari
Lavangi
Sagada Yogam
Vidyapathi
Vijayalakshmi
Vikatayogi
1947 Nam Iruvar [7]
Kadagam
Kundalakesi
Mahathma Udhangar
Rukmangadhan
1948 Gnana Soundari
Gokuladasi
Samsara Nowka
1949 Vazhkai As the "bachelor father"[8]
Geethagandhi
Navajeevanam
1951 Soudhamini
Singari
1952 Mappillai
1954 Kalyanam Panniyum Brammachari Ganapathi[9]
Ponvayal
Rajee En Kanmani as a benefactor
1955 Ellam Inba Mayam
Gomathiyin Kaadhalan
Kalvanin Kadhali Kamalapathi
Methavikal
1957 Manamagan Thevai
Samaya Sanjeevi
Thangamalai Ragasiyam Prince Azhagesan
Yaar Paiyan
1958 Anbu Engey Appavu
Kadan Vaangi Kalyanam
Neelavukku Niranja Manasu
1959 Nalla Theerppu
Pattharai Mathu Thangam
President Panchatcharam
Raja Sevai
Vannakili Natarajan
1960 Baghdad Thirudan Starred as comedian with MGR
Adutha Veetu Penn Lead Role
Padikkadha Medhai Supporting Role
Vidivelli Supporting Role
1961 Punar Jenmam
1962 Aalayamani Aatkondan Pillai's Son
1963 Naan Vanangum Dheivam
Iruvar Ullam
1966 Anbe Vaa Punniyakodi, father of Geetha (Saroja Devi)
Sadhu Mirandal Pasubathi, Bank Cashier
1968 Thillana Mohanambal
Thirumal Perumai
1982 Deviyin Thiruvilaiyadal

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Aggarwal, S. P. Agrawal [and] J. C. (1992). Information India 1990-1991 : global view. New Dehli: Concept publ. p. 477. ISBN 9788170222934. 
  2. ^ "T. R. Ramachandran". gob-smacked. 
  3. ^ Randor Guy (4 May 2013). "Maapillai". The Hindu. 
  4. ^ Randor Guy. "Man with saucer eyes". The Hindu. 
  5. ^ Randor Guy (12 October 2007). "Nandakumar 1938". The Hindu. 
  6. ^ Randor Guy (22 August 2008). "Vaayadi 1940". The Hindu. 
  7. ^ "Nam Iruvar 1947". The Hindu. 30 November 2007. 
  8. ^ Randor Guy. "Vazhkai 1949". The Hindu. 
  9. ^ Randor Guy (20 March 2011). "Kalyanam Panniyum Brahmachari 1954". The Hindu.