27 October 1941
|Children||Suriya, Karthi, and Brindha|
Palaniswamy, better known by his stage name Sivakumar (born 27 October 1941) is an Indian actor and visual artist who has portrayed a wide range of leading and supporting roles onscreen in Tamil cinema and television. He made his acting debut in A. C. Trilogchander's Kakkum Karangal (1965). He has acted in over 190 movies in Tamil. He is father of actor Suriya. He is also ambidextrous.
Sivakumar is one of the most versatile actors of current Tamil cinema. He has acted in various characters, both lead and supporting for a period spanning over four decades. He made his acting debut in Kakkum Karangal (1965)` with the legendary actor S. S. Rajendran. Palanichamy was renamed as Sivakumar as he entered the industry. The film released on 19 June 1965 and opened the doors for a talented and composed actor who could carry any role in all genres with finesse.
Sivakumar was able to grasp the skills of acting quite easily. His dedication to acting is well known from his notable movies like Saraswati Sabatham (1966), Kandhan Karunai (1967), Thirumal Perumai (1968) and Uyarndha Manithan (1968). Some of the films he acted still remain classics of Tamil cinema include Rosappu Ravikkaikari (1979) and the very famous K. Balachander’s Sindhu Bhairavi (1985). He won Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil for the movies Rosappu Ravikkaikari (1979), Vandichakkaram (1980) and a Lifetime Achievement Award – South (2007). He also was the recipient of the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards for the movies Avan Aval Adhu (1980) and Agni Sakshi (1982).
He has co-starred with many leading Tamil actors of three generations, including M. G. Ramachandran, Sivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan, S.S. Rajendran, R. Muthuraman, A.V.M. Rajan, Jaishankar, Ravichandran, Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Vijayakanth, Sathyaraj, Sarath Kumar, Prabhu Ganesan, Karthik, Mohan, Arjun Sarja, Ajith Kumar, Vijay, Vikram and Suriya. He acted in famous TV serials like Chithi and Annamalai alongside Raadhika.
In 2012, Sivakumar was honoured with the Jaya TV Lifetime Achievement Award at the Anna Centenary Library. The award was to honour him for his commendable contribution to the Tamil film industry for over 40 years.
Sivakumar was born in Coimbatore. He is married to Lakshmi Kumari and the couple has three children; two sons who are actors, Suriya and Karthi and a daughter Brindha who is a playback singer. He is a devout Hindu and a devotee of Lord Sri Murugan. Sivakumar's elder daughter-in-law Jyothika is a Kollywood actress.
|1965||Kaakum Karangal||Surendar||Debut Movie|
|1966||Motor Sundaram Pillai||Gopal|
|Thaaye Unakkaga||Raju (Military Man)|
|Saraswati Sabatham||Lord Vishnu|
|1967||Kandhan Karunai||Lord Murugan|
|Kan Kanda Deivam||Servant|
|1968||Panama Pasama||Shankar's brother in law|
|Thirumal Perumai||Lord Vishnu|
|Shakthi Leelai||Naratha Muni|
|Rajaraja Cholan||Prince Rajendra Chola I|
|Ponnukku Thanga Manasu||Ramu|
|Thirumalai Deivam||Lord Vishnu / Srinivasan|
|Karaikkal Ammaiyar||Lord Shiva|
|Maanikka Thottil||Guest Appearance|
|Onne Onnu Kanne Kannu|
|1975||Enga Pattan Sothu|
|Then Sindhudhe Vaanam||Raja|
|Yarukkum Vetkam Illai|
|Uravu Solla Oruvan||Guest Appearance|
|Ippadiyum Oru Penn|
|Aan Pillai Singam||Ashok|
|Annakili||Thyagarajan||Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil|
|Pennai Solli Kutramillai|
|Thunai Iruppal Meenakshi|
|Bhuvana Oru Kelvi Kuri||Nagarajan|
|Sri Krishna Leela||Lord Krishnan|
|Aattukara Alamelu||Vijay||Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil|
|1978||Radhai Ketra Kannan|
|Kannan Oru Kai Kuzhandhai|
|Kadavul Amaitha Medai|
|Rosaappo Ravikkai Kaari||Sempattai||Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil|
|Yarukku Yar Kaaval|
|Nee Sirithal Deepavali|
|Sir...I Love You|
|1992||Annan Ennada Thambi Ennada||Raakiah|
|Onna Irukka Kathukanum||Sivaraman|
|Porantha Veeda Puguntha Veeda||Ravi|
|Mettupatti Mirasu||Mettupatti Mirasu, Siva|
|Dear Son Maruthu||Viswanathan|
|1999||Unnai Thedi||Adhi Narayanan|
|2000||Uyirile Kalanthathu||Inspector Sethu Vinayagam|
|2001||Poovellam Un Vasam||Arunachalam|
As dubbing artiste
|2015||36 Vayadhinile||President of India||Siddhartha Basu|
- Kaiyalavu Manasu (1990)
- Veettukku Veedu Vasapadi
- Bandham (1994)
- Ethanai Manidhargal (1997)
- Aachi International (1997–1998)
- Dhik Dhik Dhik (1999)
- Kaveri (1999–2001)
- Chithi (1999–2001)
- Annamalai (2002–2005)
- Lakshmi (2006–2008)
Filmfare Awards South
- 1979 – Best Actor – Tamil for Rosaappo Ravikkai Kaari
- 1980 – Best Actor – Tamil for Vandichakkaram
- 2007 – Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards
- 2012 – Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2015 – Norway Tamil Film Festival Kalaichigaram Award
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