Active - 1978 - 2016  |   Born - Sep 18, 1950 in Mysore, Mysore State, India  |   Died - Dec 30, 2009   |   Genres - Thriller

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  • Started his career as a singer; lent his voice to a few films and devotional albums.
  • Made his debut with the film Vamshavruksha (1972).
  • Adopted the screen name Vishnuvardhan, giving in to Puttana Kanagal insistence; Puttana was his director for the film Naagarahaavu (1972).
  • Received an honorary doctorate from the Bangalore University in 2006.
  • Worked as an ambassador for Mysore's Vikram Hospital, contributing to the treatment of rural children with heart problems.
  • Adopted a town called Melukote, which lies in Mandya district of Karnataka.
  • Won a total of seven Filmfare Awards and many state government awards.