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M. N. Nambiar

M. N. Nambiar (born Manjeri Narayanan Nambiar) was a film actor in Tamil cinema who dominated the industry in the role of villain for around 50 years. Also known as Nambiar Swami or Maha Guruswami, he was a spiritual leader who pioneered the movement of taking pilgrims to Sabarimala. Nambiar started as a hero, Nambiar Guruswami soon started donning the role of a villain — so much so that today his name is synonymous with villainy in Kollywood. Nambiar swami has worked with seven generations of actors. His first pay was Rs.3 with Boys Company. He would retain Rs.1 and send Rs.2 to his mother. He made quite a statement in the early 50s with his portrayal of 11 roles in Digambara Samiyar, one of his films as the Lead. His arresting performance in films such as Manthiri Kumari, Velaikaari, Ayirathil Oruvan, Thillana Mohanambal, Missiyamma and Nenjam Marappadillai paved way for a very successful career that spanned over five decades. A majority of the more than 1000 films that he has done is in Tamil, though he has acted in Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi, besides an English film `Jungle' (with Rod Cameron, the film's hero, directed by William Burke) in which he appears in a few brief scenes. The film was released in 1952. The Hindi film he acted in was a remake of the Tamil Kanavane Kankanda Deivam. After becoming popular in Tamil films he started his own drama troupe called Nambiar Nataka Mandram. They staged two plays — `Kaviyin Kanavu' and a comedy play `Kalyana Supermarket.' Nambiar swami was that rare contradictory personality - a cruel, charming villain on the silver screen while being a very pious man in real life. He was also a pure vegetarian and teetotaler. He was also an ardent devotee of Sabarimala Sri Ayyappan. He has had a long association with the temple, and visited the shrine more than 65 times over the last half a century; this has led to him being called Maha Guruswamy. His colleagues noted that he died during the famous Sabarimala season and it may be due to the blessing of his Lord.

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Mar 5, 1919 In Kannur, Kerala, India
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Raja Kumari 1947-04-11
Latest Project:
Movie Kuttrapathirikai 2007-03-23
Known For
Poster of Vallal
Poster of Kaaviya Thalaivan
Poster of Anjal Petti 520
Poster of Padagotti
Movie Kuttrapathirikai Unknown 2007-03-23
Movie Sudesi Unknown 2006-05-08
Movie Anbe Anbe Unknown 2003-05-01
Movie Kadhal Sadugudu Kausalya`s Grandfather 2003-04-13
Movie Winner Velayutham 2003-09-27
Movie Varushamellam Vasantham Unknown 2002-05-03
Movie Baba Baba's Maternal Uncle 2002-08-15
Movie Vinnukkum Mannukkum Cameo 2001-03-30
Movie Sharjah to Sharjah Kappithan 2001-12-25
Movie Endrendrum Kadhal Sethupathi, Vijay's father 1999-03-05
Movie Rojavanam Unknown 1999-07-30
Movie Poo Parikka Varugirom Unknown 1999-09-17
Movie Moovendhar Unknown 1998-01-01
Movie Poonthottam Unknown 1998-07-10
Movie Vallal Unknown 1997-04-18
Movie Adimai Changili Unknown 1997-09-05
Movie Poove Unakkaga Sadhasivam 1996-02-15
Movie Karuppu Nila Nandhini's father 1995-01-06
Movie Thotta Chinungi Unknown 1995-12-15
Movie Raasaiyya Unknown 1995-08-24
Movie Sethupathi IPS Unknown 1994-10-24
Movie Paasamalargal Unknown 1994-02-05
Movie Periya Marudhu Unknown 1994-11-02
Movie Yejaman Vaanavarayan's grandfather 1993-02-18
Movie Thanga Pappa Adaikkalam 1993-06-13
Movie Ezhai Jaathi Unknown 1993-02-13
Movie Sakkarai Devan Unknown 1993-07-10
Movie Gentleman Ramesh's Father 1993-07-30
Movie Nadodi Paattukkaran Unknown 1992-05-16
Movie Thanga Manasukkaran Sadha Swamy 1992-03-19
Movie Kaaviya Thalaivan Unknown 1992-10-25
Movie Villu Pattukaran Unknown 1992-11-27
Movie Kumbakarai Thangaiah Unknown 1991-01-14
Movie Captain Prabhakaran Special Task Force Officer 1991-04-14
Movie Kaaval Nilayam Andhavar 1991-05-11
Movie Maanagara Kaaval Unknown 1991-06-29
Movie Pulan Visaranai Unknown 1990-01-14
Movie Periya Veettu Panakkaran Unknown 1990-06-11
Movie Avasara Police 100 Unknown 1990-10-17
Movie Thaai Naadu Saleem Bhai 1989-02-16
Movie Paattukku Oru Thalaivan Unknown 1989-03-17
Movie Meenatchi Thiruvilaiyadal Thirumalai Naicker 1989-08-25
Movie Paandi Naattu Thangam Thangapandian's father 1989-06-19
Movie Poonthotta Kavalkaran Unknown 1988-06-10
Movie Thambi Thanga Kambi Unknown 1988-07-15
Movie Manaivi Oru Mandhiri Unknown 1988-09-02
Movie Nallavan Unknown 1988-08-15
Movie Enga Ooru Pattukaran Unknown 1987-04-14
Movie Jallikkattu Unknown 1987-08-28
Movie Velundu Vinaiyillai Unknown 1987-03-13
Movie Krishnan Vandhaan Unknown 1987-08-28
Movie Uzhavan Magan Unknown 1987-10-21
Movie Nambinar Keduvadhillai Unknown 1986-05-23
Movie Mella Thirandhadhu Kadhavu Hindi Teacher and Noorjahan's Father 1986-09-12
Movie Dharma Devathai Unknown 1986-11-01
Movie Needhiyin Nizhal Unknown 1985-04-12
Movie Nermai Unknown 1985-05-03
Movie Naan Sigappu Manithan Senior Police Officer 1985-04-12
Movie Puthiya Theerppu Unknown 1985-10-04
Movie Eetti Unknown 1985-08-30
Movie Raja Rishi Sage Vashishta 1985-09-20
Movie Sarithira Nayagan Unknown 1984-05-26
Movie Tharaasu Unknown 1984-03-15
Movie Naan Mahaan Alla GMK 1984-01-14
Movie Vetri Unknown 1984-02-17
Movie Vaazhkai Unknown 1984-04-13
Movie Simma Soppanam Unknown 1984-06-30
Movie Vamsa Vilakku Unknown 1984-10-23
Movie Iru Medhaigal Unknown 1984-09-14
Movie Ezhudhaadha Sattangal Unknown 1984-08-15
Movie Thai Veedu Unknown 1983-04-14
Movie Dowry Kalyanam Rowther 1983-05-31
Movie Saatchi Unknown 1983-09-16
Movie Sandhippu Unknown 1983-06-16
Movie Miruthanga Chakravarthi Unknown 1983-09-24
Movie Parvaiyin Marupakkam Unknown 1982-02-19
Movie Oorukku Oru Pillai Unknown 1982-02-04
Movie Sangili Unknown 1982-04-13
Movie Thooral Ninnu Pochu Vathiyaar 1982-04-12
Movie Thai Mookambhikai Unknown 1982-06-26
Movie Ram Lakshman Unknown 1981-02-28
Movie Kolilakkam Unknown 1981-02-13
Movie Lorry Driver Rajakannu Unknown 1981-07-03
Movie Garjanai Unknown 1981-08-06
Movie Thadavara Madhavan 1981-08-14
Movie Guru Head of anti-social group 1980-07-18
Movie Ratha Paasam Unknown 1980-06-14
Movie Sakthi Vikraman 1980-08-22
Movie Saranam Ayyappa Unknown 1980-11-28
Movie Neeya Unknown 1979-01-13
Movie Thirisoolam Unknown 1979-01-23
Movie Vetrikku Oruvan Unknown 1979-12-08
Movie Madhuraiyai Meetta Sundharapandiyan The Prince Raja Rajan 1978-01-14
Movie En Kelvikku Enna Bathil Unknown 1978-12-09
Movie Punniya Boomi Unknown 1978-05-15
Movie Anna Nee En Deivam Unknown 1977-01-01
Movie Meenava Nanban Arun 1977-08-14
Movie Indru Pol Endrum Vaazhga Guruviah 1977-05-05
Movie Sathyam Unknown 1976-05-06
Movie Naalai Namadhe Unknown 1975-07-04
Movie Netru Indru Naalai Rathnam (the false) 1974-07-12
Movie Urimai Kural Doreswamy 1974-11-07
Movie Sirithu Vazha Vendum Unknown 1974-11-29
Movie Rajaraja Cholan Bala Thevar 1973-05-01
Movie Ulagam Sutrum Valiban Unknown 1973-05-11
Movie Rajapart Rangadurai Unknown 1973-12-21
Movie Raman Thediya Seethai Unknown 1972-04-12
Movie En Annan Unknown 1970-05-21
Movie Nil Gavani Kadhali Gang Leader 1969-01-01
Movie Kaaval Dheivam Unknown 1969-05-01
Movie Deiva Magan Ananth 1969-09-05
Movie Anjal Petti 520 Nagarajan 1969-06-27
Movie Sivandha Mann Diwan, the main antagonist 1969-11-09
Movie Kudiyirundha Koyil Unknown 1968-03-14
Movie Ragasiya Police 115 Unknown 1968-01-10
Movie Pudhiya Boomi Unknown 1968-06-27
Movie Enga Oor Raja Unknown 1968-10-21
Movie Lakshmi Kalyanam Unknown 1968-11-15
Movie Harichandra Unknown 1968-11-02
Movie Thillana Mohanambal Maharaja of Madhanpur 1968-07-27
Movie Arasa Kattalai Unknown 1967-05-19
Movie Kaavalkaaran Marudachalam 1967-09-07
Movie Naan Aanaiyittal Unknown 1966-02-03
Movie Nadodi Unknown 1966-04-13
Movie Mugaraasi Unknown 1966-08-18
Movie Thaali Bhagyam Namchivayam 1966-08-27
Movie Enga Veettu Pillai Unknown 1965-01-14
Movie Aasai Mugam Unknown 1965-12-09
Movie Aayirathil Oruvan Pirate Leader 1965-07-09
Movie En Kadamai Unknown 1964-03-12
Movie Vettaikaaran Unknown 1964-01-13
Movie Dheiva Thaai Madhan 1964-07-18
Movie Padagotti Unknown 1964-11-03
Movie Thozhilali Unknown 1964-09-25
Movie Thaayin Madiyil Unknown 1964-12-07
Movie Kalai Arasi Unknown 1963-04-19
Movie Nenjam Marappathillai Zamindar 1963-08-02
Movie Annai Illam Unknown 1963-11-14
Movie Kudumba Thalaivan Unknown 1962-08-15
Movie Thirudadhe Unknown 1961-03-22
Movie Then Nilavu Raj 1961-09-30
Movie Pasamalar Rathnam 1961-05-27
Movie Ellorum Innattu Mannar Unknown 1960-07-01
Movie Arasilangumari Unknown 1960-12-31
Movie Thangapadumai Unknown 1959-01-10
Movie Kalyana Parisu Unknown 1959-04-09
Movie Bhaaga Pirivinai Unknown 1959-10-31
Movie Pelli Naati Pramanalu Unknown 1959-09-04
Movie Bhuloka Rambhai Unknown 1958-01-13
Movie Annaiyin Aanai Unknown 1958-07-04
Movie Uthama Puthiran Naganathan 1958-02-07
Movie Illarame Nallaram Unknown 1958-08-01
Movie Nadodi Mannan Unknown 1958-08-22
Movie Mayabazar Shakuni (Tamil) 1957-03-27
Movie Makkalai Petra Magarasi Kannan 1957-02-22
Movie Vanangaamudi Unknown 1957-04-11
Movie Engal Veettu Mahalakshmi Vaikuntam 1957-01-11
Movie Ambikapathy Unknown 1957-12-31
Movie Thangamalai Ragasiyam Unknown 1957-06-29
Movie Karpukarasi Unknown 1957-06-14
Movie Rajarajan Unknown 1957-04-25
Movie Amara Deepam Unknown 1956-06-20
Movie Kanavane Kan Kanda Deivam Unknown 1955-05-06
Movie Missiamma Unknown 1955-01-14
Movie Naam Unknown 1953-03-02
Movie Andhaman Kaidhi Unknown 1952-03-13
Movie The Jungle Mahaji 1952-08-01
Movie Sarvadhikari Unknown 1951-09-14
Movie Marmayogi Unknown 1951-02-01
Movie Marudhanaattu Ilavarasi Unknown 1950-04-02
Movie Manthiri Kumari Royal Priest 1950-06-24
Movie Thigambara Samiar Chokkalingam Pillai 1950-09-29
Movie Mohini Unknown 1948-10-30
Movie Raja Kumari Unknown 1947-04-11