- Career has spanned over 60 films and six decades.
- First ever winner of the Filmfare Best Actor award in 1954 for Daag, an award he won a record eight times.
- Took a break from acting from acting from 1976-1981, returning in Kranti (1981).
- Awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian award, in 1991, and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994, for his contributions to Indian cinema.
- Last appeared on screen in a dual role in Qila (1998).