Gummadi Venkateswara Rao

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Gummadi Venkateswara Rao popularly known as Gummadi (9 July 1925 – 26 January 2010) was a popular Telugu film character actor. Though he began to act in films much later than famous artistes like N.T.Rama Rao and Akkineni Nageswara Rao he had through the course of his career acquired a niche for himself vis a vis the character roles of brother, father etc. which he often undertook.

Early life

He was born in Bhattiprolu, Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh, India. According to one of his interviews, he studied in Hindu College .


Gummadi's acting career extended from 1950 onwards for almost six decades and he worked with three generations of people in the film industry. Though young, he used to play the dignified roles of relatively elderly people at the beginning. He was a versatile character actor in sociopolitical and mythological movies. He acted in nearly 500 movies. He played the role of father to many lead actors in old Telugu films.

Born at Ravikampadu of Guntur district on 9 July 1927, Gummadi Venkateswara Rao, or more popularly Gummadi, first appeared as an actor in 1942, wherein he played the role of an old man on the stage. He began his career in cinemas with Adrushtadeepudu (1950) and continued on for about 500 more films portraying roles ranging from the hero, the villain, and the character artiste, to roles with a slight comedic bent, such as his guest appearance in Missamma (1955). Gummadi's excellent portrayal of middle-aged roles, playing even fathe
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