M. G. Ramachandran biography

M. G. Ramachandran

Actor, Politician

1917 – 1987

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Who was M. G. Ramachandran?

Marudhur Gopalan Ramachandran, popularly known by his initials MGR, was an Indian film actor, director, producer, and politician who also served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu successively for three terms.

In his youth, MGR and his elder brother, M. G. Chakrapani became members of a drama troupe to support their family. Influenced by Gandhian ideals, MGR joined the Indian National Congress. After a few years of acting in plays, he made his film debut in the 1936 film Sathi Leelavathi in a supporting role. In the late 1940s he graduated to leading roles and for the next three decades dominated the Tamil film industry. He became a member of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and rose rapidly through its ranks. He successfully used his popularity as a film hero to build a large political base. In 1972, he left the DMK to form his own party the Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. In 1977 he became the chief minister of Tamil Nadu - the first film actor in India to become the chief minister of a state. He remained as chief minister till his death in 1987.

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Born
Jan 17, 1917
Kandy
Also known as
  • Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran
  • M. G. R.
  • Puratchi Thalaivar
  • Makkal Thilagam
  • Puratchi Nadigar
  • Chemmal Ponmana
  • Bharat Ratna M.G. Ramachandran
  • MGR
  • M.G. Ramachandran
  • M.G.R.
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Religion
  • Hindu
Ethnicity
  • Sri Lankan Tamils
Nationality
  • India
Profession
Lived in
  • Nawalapitiya
  • Chennai
  • Tamil Nadu
Died
Dec 24, 1987
Chennai

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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