- The engineering graduate got inspired by NTR to become an actor; it took a lot of persuasion for his father to send him to a film institute.
- Made his debut in the film Sneham (1977).
- Received the Nandi Best Actor Award for Erra Mandaram (1991).
- Was awarded an honorary doctorate by Andhra University.
- Bagged another Nandi Best Actor Award for Aa Naluguru (2004).
- Dream (2012) won him the Royal Reel Award at the Canada International Film Festival.
- The Telugu Alliances of Canada bestowed him with the title Hasya Kireeti.
- Suffered a mild stroke in 2012.
- Was chosen as the tuberculosis ambassador for the Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI) Rally on World TB Day in 2014.
- Got elected as the president of Movie Artist Association (MAA) in 2015.