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Raghuvaran was an Indian actor who predominantly acted in movies made in South India. He became famous for his portrayal of villain and character roles in Tamil films. He has acted in more than 150 Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi films. According to the Hindustan Times, "the actor had carved a niche for himself with his special style and voice modulation. He played the protagonist of a Tamil soap opera, Oru Manidhanin Kadhai, about a well-to-do man who becomes an alcoholic. He received critical acclaim for his role as Father Alphonso in the Malayalam movie Daivathinte Vikruthikal, directed by Lenin Rajendran and based on M. Mukundan's novel of the same name. Following his beginnings on the stage, and a Diploma in acting from Adyar Film Institute in Chennai, Raghuvaran approached many Kollywood studios aiming for performance oriented roles and finally got selected one as hero. The offbeat film named Ezhavathu Manithan (Seventh Man). directed by Hariharan won many awards, but not many offers for him. A few more films followed as hero like Oru Odai Nadhiyagirathu and Nee Thodumbothu released, but did n't became a huge success. But the villain role in Silk Silk Silk was noticed and the film's success opened the gate of offers for him. The villain act continued in films like Kutravaaligal, Mr. Bharath, Mandhira Punnagai and Oorkavalan. He appeared as hero as well as supporting actor in between releases as well. The major ones are Mudivalla Arambam and Samsaram Adhu Minsaram. In mid 80's Raghuvaran did many films as hero and most of them did good business as well. The films Michael Raj, Megam Karuththirukku, Kootu Puzhukkal and Kavithai Paada Neramillai helped to stabilize his career. The lawyer in Kaliyugam, the police officer in Thaimel Aanai, the rowdy with a golden heart in Kai Naattu, the honest Medical student turned Goonda in Kuttravali, the common man in En Vazhi Thani Vazhi helped Raghuvaran's market value as hero to reach greater heights. But his desire to try all types of roles, like supporting actor as well as villain simultaneously halted the progress as hero, eventhough he played hero roles in Vyooham, Kavacham and Anjali later. His supporting roles in Annanagar Mudhal Theru and Siva was well received too. In a career span lasting for more than 26 years, Raghuvaran performed each roles with his trademark mannerisms, often stealing the thunder from more established stars and even heroes. His magnetic baritone voice was an advantage and he modulated it to suit his variety of roles. He also set his own style of mannerisms and brought a distinct dialogue delivery and even changed his gait in many films. All this dedication won him more fans and helped his popularity graph soaring more higher. Raghuvaran died on 19 March 2008 cause of the death has been disclosed as organ failure caused by excessive alcohol consumption. His death occurred during the filming stages of several films, including the Tamil film, Kanthaswamy wherein Raghuvaran's performances were left unused and were replaced with Ashish Vidyarthi, which resulted in the film's delayed release.

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Dec 11, 1958 In Kollengode, Kerala, India
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Ezhavathu Manithan 1982-06-11
Latest Project:
Movie Ullam 2012-03-16
Known For
Poster of Shock
Poster of En Swasa Kaatre
Poster of Iniyavale
Poster of Ullasam
Movie Ullam Unknown 2012-03-16
Movie Udhaya Neram 2011-06-24
Movie Bheema Periyavar 2008-01-15
Movie Ellam Avan Seyal Jagadeeswaran IPS from CBI 2008-11-28
Movie Yaaradi Nee Mohini Vasu's Father 2008-04-04
Movie Evadaithe Nakenti 2007-02-08
Movie Deepavali Doctor (Cameo appearance) 2007-02-09
Movie Marudhamalai Unknown 2007-09-07
Movie Sivaji: The Boss Dr. Chezhian 2007-06-14
Movie Sivappathigaram Elango 2006-11-24
Movie Sachein Gowtham 2005-04-14
Movie Kasthuri Maan Unknown 2005-10-28
Movie Shock 2004-05-01
Movie Jana Jana's father 2004-01-05
Movie Naani Scientist 2004-05-14
Movie Birth Unknown 2004-12-16
Movie Arasatchi Advocate Ashok Mehta 2004-09-22
Movie Mass Satya 2004-12-23
Movie Johnny Ravishankar Damle 2003-04-25
Movie Naaga 2003-01-10
Movie Anjaneya Venketeaswaran 2003-05-05
Movie Alai 2003-07-08
Movie Thirumalai Artist 2003-10-24
Movie Alaudin Gangadhar 2003-08-15
Movie Red Newspaper editor 2002-05-05
Movie Roja Koottam 2002-02-22
Movie Run Shiva's Brother in Law 2002-05-09
Movie Seema Simham 2002-01-10
Movie Dhaya 2002-02-14
Movie Maaran 2002-09-20
Movie Bala Jeyamani 2002-12-13
Movie Kadhal Virus Unknown 2002-12-26
Movie University Tamilselvan 2002-10-04
Movie Dosth Raghu 2001-06-29
Movie Narasimma Unknown 2001-07-12
Movie Star Unknown 2001-07-17
Movie Majunu Gajapathy 2001-12-14
Movie Good Luck 2000-02-04
Movie Mugavari Shiva 2000-02-02
Movie Kannukkul Nilavu Dr.Rajasekhar 2000-01-14
Movie Sudhandhiram 2000-02-25
Movie Parthen Rasithen 2000-08-11
Movie Azaad Deva / CBI Officer Vishwanath / Harkat Ul Ansari Dawood 2000-09-29
Movie Vallarasu Unknown 2000-04-14
Movie Uyirile Kalanthathu Raghu 2000-09-23
Movie Kandukondain Kandukondain Boss 2000-05-05
Movie En Swasa Kaatre Paneer 1999-02-26
Movie Suriya Paarvai 1999-01-14
Movie Prathyartha Robert 1999-01-01
Movie Endrendrum Kadhal Shekher 1999-03-05
Movie Iraniyan Aande 1999-11-17
Movie Mudhalvan Chief Minister Aranganathan 1999-11-07
Movie Lal Baadshah Vikram Singh / Vicky Baadshah 1999-03-05
Movie Poo Parikka Varugirom Unknown 1999-09-17
Movie Amarkalam Tulasi Das 1999-08-25
Movie Hitler Ankush Roy 1998-05-15
Movie Thulli Thirintha Kaalam Unknown 1998-03-11
Movie Iniyavale 1998-05-15
Movie Poonthottam 1998-07-10
Movie Nilaave Vaa Siva 1998-08-14
Movie Love Today 1997-05-09
Movie Arunachalam Vishvanath 1997-04-10
Movie Anaganaga Oka Roju Police Officer Raghu 1997-03-05
Movie Ullasam GK 1997-05-23
Movie Abhimanyu Masilamani 1997-09-05
Movie Aahaa..! Raghu 1997-06-01
Movie Ratchagan Gnaneshwar 1997-10-29
Movie Nerrukku Ner Raghu 1997-09-01
Movie Rakshak Raghu 1996-11-23
Movie Selva Varatharajan 1996-12-01
Movie Maanthrikam Dr. Abdul Rahman 1995-07-04
Movie Peter Scott Leo Fernandez 1995-02-08
Movie Maatho Pettukoku Bhavani 1995-07-28
Movie Baasha Mark Anthony 1995-01-12
Movie Nadodi Mannan Unknown 1995-08-19
Movie Thotta Chinungi Gopla 1995-12-15
Movie Muthu Rajasekhar 1995-10-23
Movie Kolangal 1995-09-15
Movie Paasamalargal Unknown 1994-02-05
Movie Thozhar Pandian 1994-08-12
Movie Veera Padhakkam Unknown 1994-11-03
Movie Kadhalan Mallikarjuna 1994-09-17
Movie Pudhiya Mugam A Terrorist 1993-05-28
Movie Addeham Enna Iddeham 1993-07-14
Movie Dhool Parakuthu Unknown 1993-07-10
Movie Soorya Manasam 1992-04-01
Movie Uyarndhavan 1992-04-14
Movie Daivathinte Vikrithikal Alphonso 1992-07-01
Movie Kizhakkan Pathrose 1992-08-27
Movie Anjali Shekar 1990-07-12
Movie Thiyagu Thiyagu 1990-01-01
Movie Izzatdaar Indrajeet Sabharwal 1990-01-01
Movie Puriyaadha Pudhir Unknown 1990-09-07
Movie Shiva Bhavani 1990-12-07
Movie Vyooham Tony Lewis 1990-11-16
Movie Idhu Unga Kudumbam Unknown 1989-07-10
Movie Rudranetra 1989-06-16
Movie Raja Chinna Roja Bhaskar, a friend of Raja who uses him to cheat his rich uncle 1989-07-20
Movie Siva John 1989-05-05
Movie En Kanavar 1989-11-10
Movie Lankeshwarudu 1989-10-27
Movie Siva Bhavani 1989-10-05
Movie Irandil Ondru 1988-01-14
Movie Anna Nagar Mudhal Theru Unknown 1988-01-14
Movie En Bommukutty Ammavukku 1988-04-15
Movie Kaliyugam Unknown 1988-11-08
Movie Makkal En Pakkam Unknown 1987-04-14
Movie Manithan 1987-05-01
Movie Michael Raj 1987-07-10
Movie Poovizhi Vasalile Anand 1987-01-14
Movie Puyal Paadum Pattu Unknown 1987-03-06
Movie Arul tharum Ayyappan 1987-11-27
Movie Jebu Donga 1987-12-24
Movie Kootu Puzhukkal 1987-07-10
Movie Oorkavalan Rajadurai 1987-09-04
Movie Pasivadi Pranam Unknown 1987-07-23
Movie Megam Karuththirukku 1987-07-10
Movie Mr. Bharath Michael 1986-01-10
Movie Samsaram Adhu Minsaram Chidambaram, the eldest son 1986-07-18
Movie Oru Odai Nadhiyagirathu Unknown 1983-01-01
Movie Vasanthame Varuga Unknown 1983-01-19
Movie Rugma Joseph 1983-06-21
Movie Ezhavathu Manithan Anand 1982-06-11