|Parent(s)||Rao Gopal Rao (father)|
Rao Ramesh (born 25 May 1968) is an Indian actor known for his works primarily in Telugu cinema, Telugu theatre, and television. He is the son of veteran actor Rao Gopal Rao. Rao Ramesh initially appeared in Okkadunnadu (2007), before getting a breakthrough role in Krish's Gamyam (2008), portraying a reformed Naxalite, he received critical acclaim for his portrayal and the film went on to become one of the highest grossing Telugu films of the year.
His subsequent films, Kotha Bangaru Lokam (2008), Avakai Biryani (2008) and S. S. Rajamouli's Magadheera (2009) were box office hits, while his role in the latter as a hunchbacked old Tantric won him further acclaim. Throughout the early 2010s, Rao Ramesh became a popular supporting actor and described that by 2015, he was in the "best phase of his career".
Rao Ramesh was born on 25 May 1968 in Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh, to actor Rao Gopal Rao. He was brought up in Chennai. His initial schooling was from Sri Ramakrishna Mission School in T. Nagar and later completed a degree in Communications before getting into Still-photography. He later joined K. S. Prakasa Rao, a cinematographer and brother of K. Raghavendra Rao, as an assistant before going to Bangalore to learn industrial photography.
Rao began acting in a Television series directed by Ghantasala Ratna Kumar, but the production was shelved amidst schedules. He subsequently moved back to Chennai and started acting in soap operas such as Pavithra Bandham and Kalavari Kodalu, and shot for over 1000 episodes in the space of four and half years.
|2002||Seema Simham||Hema's brother|
|2007||Okkadunnadu||Man Searching for Bombay Blood Group|
|Kotha Bangaru Lokam||Lecturer|
|Villagelo Vinayakudu||Colonel Lakshmipati|
|Shambo Shiva Shambo||Karna's friend|
|Pilla Zamindar||Military Rajanna|
|Solo||Gautham's foster uncle|
|2012||Gabbar Singh||Minister Pradeep Kumar|
|All the Best||Babji|
|2013||Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu||Geetha's father|
|Balupu||A. R. Naidu|
|Mallela Theeram Lo Sirimalle Puvvu||Lakshmi's father|
|Anthaka Mundu Aa Tarvatha||Anil's father|
|Attarintiki Daredi||Rajashekhar||TSR – TV9 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Ramayya Vasthavayya||CBI Officer Avinash|
|Oohalu Gusagusalade||Venky's uncle|
|Nee Jathaga Nenundali||Sravan|
|Rowdy Fellow||Asuragana Durga Prasad|
|Lakshmi Raave Maa Intiki||Sarvesh Anand Rao|
|Mukunda||Municipal Chairman||Nominated SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role – Telugu|
|S/O Satyamurthy||Pallavi's father|
|Subramanyam for Sale||B. M. Bujji|
|Pandaga Chesko||Mr. Rai / Karthik's father|
|Cinema Choopistha Mava||Somnath Chatterjee|
|Bruce Lee: The Fighter||Rama Chandra Rao|
|Mirchi Lanti Kurradu|
|Size Zero||Sweety's father|
|Bengal Tiger||Home Minister Nagappa|
|Where Is Vidya Balan||Doctor|
|2016||Abbayitho Ammayi||Prardhana's father|
|Sardaar Gabbar Singh||Ramesh Talwar|
|A Aa||Pallam Venkanna||Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Telugu|
|Om Sai Ram|
|Naanna Nenu Naa Boyfriends||Raghava Rao|
|2017||Nenu Local||Bride's father|
|Om Namo Venkatesaya||Govindarajulu|
|Duvvada Jagannadham||Royyala Naidu||Nominated SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role – Telugu|
|Yuddham Sharanam||Murali Krishna|
|Raju Gari Gadhi 2||Parandhamaiah|
|Chalte Chalte||Santosh's Father|
|Hyderabad Love Story||Gopal Rao|
|Ammammagarillu||P. K. Babu Rao|
|Chal Mohan Ranga||Ramesh|
|Bharat Ane Nenu||Head Constable Ramachandra|
|Naa Peru Surya, Naa Illu India||Surya's godfather|
|Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava||Krishna Reddy|
|24 Kisses||psychiatrist Murthy|
|2019||Manmadhudu 2||Attharu Pushparaju|
|Operation Gold Fish||S.K. Sharma|
|Mr. Majnu||Siva Prasad|
|Majili||Rama Chandra Rao|
|Yatra||K. V. P. Ramachandra Rao|
|1st Rank Raju||School Principal|
|Oh! Baby||Nani / Shekar|
|Venky Mama||MLA Pasupathi|
|Prati Roju Pandage||Anand Rao|
|2020||Sarileru Neekevvaru||Samskruthi's father|
|Solo Brathuke So Better||Virat's uncle|
|2021||A1 Express||Sports Minister Rao Ramesh|
|Tuck Jagadish||Devudu Babu|
|Maha Samudram||Gooni Babji|
|Pelli SandaD||Vashishta's father|
|Pushpa: The Rise||Bhumireddy Siddappa Naidu|
|Anni Manchi Sakunamule||TBA|
|Pushpa: The Rule||Bhumireddy Siddappa Naidu|
|2009||Kadhalna Summa Illai||Naxalite||remake of Gamyam|
|2016||Saagasam||Commissioner Rajamanikam||remake of Julayi|
|2021||Jai Bhim||Attorney General Ram Mohan|
|2022||Naai Sekar Returns||TBA|
|2022||K.G.F: Chapter 2||Kanneganti Raghavan||Played voice role for his character in 4 languages|
- Srivathsan Nadadhur. "Ramesh Varma plays true to the script". The Hindu.
- kavirayani, suresh (17 June 2017). "Rao Ramesh lives up to his father's name". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
- "Rao Ramesh – Telugu Cinema interview – Telugu film actor".
- "Rao Ramesh makes a mark". The Times of India.
- "Rao Ramesh's 'best phase'". www.deccanchronicle.com/.
- Kavirayani, Suresh (17 June 2017). "Rao Ramesh lives up to his father's name". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
- "Makers of 'KGF 2' release new birthday poster for actor Rao Ramesh". The News Minute. 25 May 2021. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
- Jayakrishnan (14 March 2018). "Mahesh Babu and Kiara Advani shooting a romantic number for 'Bharat Ane Nenu'". The Times of India. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
- "'RX 100' pre-look poster: Karthikeya starrer promises to be an incredible love story". Times of India.