Telugu film Industry is resplendent with every type of actor imaginable. From Thespians like Vemuri Gaggaiah, Bellary Raghava to all-round actors like N. T. Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Superstar Krishna, Chiranjeevi, Balakrishna, and more recently Pawan Kalyan, Mahesh Babu etc., Telugu film industry has proven itself to be the biggest of South India., and next only to Bollywood. Nevertheless, from its origins in plays to all time highest grossers in Telugu like Baahubali, Telugu Film Industry boasts a great number of actors who are artists.
The Tollywood actors are second to none when it comes to acting, and their star power is legendary. The Telugu actors are the best in many ways. There are excellent dancers. There are the best actors of all time. They are the earliest Indian actors to receive widespread international acclaim. There are charismatic personalities. There are the highest paid stars. Here is the complete list of all the Telugu actors with their names, height and other details.
First Generation Tollywood Actors (1940-1950)
Telugu films grew in numbers and new stars born. The list here shows the old heroes of Telugu film history and other actors. There are the highest paid, with a large following, and their name was enough to pull crowds to theatres. This is the era where the salaries broke into 6 figures.
First Generation Tollywood Stars (1940-1950) Screen Name Original Name DOB Debut Height Akkineni Nageswara Rao 20 September 1924 Dharmapatni (1941) 5 feet 7 inch B. Padmanabham Basavaraju Venkata Padmanabha Rao 20 August 1931 Maayalokam (1943) 5 feet 3 inch Mukkamala Mukkamala Krishnamurthy 03 April 1905 Maya Maschindra (1945) 5 feet 9 inch S. V. Ranga Rao Samarla Venkata Ranga Rao 03 July 1918 Varudhini (1946) 5 feet 11 inch N. T. Rama Rao Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao 28 May 1923 Mana Desam (1949) 6 feet Gummadi Gummadi Venkateswara Rao 09 July 1928 Adrushta Deepudu (1950)
Second Generation Telugu Actors (1950-1965)
Stardom grew exponentially in this era. Not only these commanded huge fan base, but also some of the highest paid actors in India. They have fan following in multiple regions, and are known for pulling crowds to theatres. Their name was enough to create buzz among movie goers. Their stardom not just confined to one generation, but decades. They are popular actors across generations. They are known to even the latest generation of film watchers.
Second Generation Tollywood Stars (1950-1965) Screen Name Original Name DOB Debut Height Kanta Rao Tadepalli Lakshmi Kanta Rao 16 November 1923 Nirdoshi (1951) Kongara Jaggayya 31 December 1926 Priyuralu (1952) Chalam Korada Surya Chalam 18 May 1929 Naa Chellelu (1953) Haranadh Buddharaju Venkata Appala Haranath Raju 02 September 1936 Maa Inti Magalakshmi (1959) Kaikala Satyanarayana 25 July 1935 Sipayi Koothuru (1959) Sobhan Babu Uppu Sobhana Chalapathi Rao 14 January 1937 Daivabalam (1959) 5 feet 11 inch Raja Babu Punyamurthula Appalaraju 20 October 1937 Samajam (1960) 5 feet 5 inch Ramakrishna 15 October 1939 Pelli Kaani Pillalu (1961) 5 feet 9 inch Kamal Haasan 07 November 1954 Kalathur Kannamma (1960) 5 feet 7 inch Krishna Ghattamaneni Siva Rama Krishna 31 May 1943 Padandi Munduku (1962) Ram Mohan Varanasi Ram Mohan Rao Tene Manasulu (1965)
Third Generation Tollywood Actors (1965-1980)
This period saw many changes, the top actors of this generation explored newer styles of films. Genres until then unknown are made popular by these Telugu superstars. Tollywood took new turn, new technologies introduced. Fan following became very large, stars of previous generation grew in stature, new stars are born.
Third Generation Tollywood Actors (1965-1980) Screen Name Original Name DOB Debut Height Chandra Mohan Mallampalli Chandrasekhara Rao 23 May 1945 Rangula Ratnam (1966) 5 feet 1 inch Krishnam Raju Uppalapati Krishanam Raju 20 January 1940 Chilaka Girinka (1966) Nandamuri Harikrishna 02 September 1956 Sri Krishnavataram (1967) 5 feet 6 inch Vijayachander Vijayachander Telidevara Maro Prapancham (1967) Naresh 20 January 1960 Pandanti Kapuram (1972, child artist), Prema Sankellu (1982) Murali Mohan Maganti Raja Babu 24 June 1940 Jagame Maya (1973) 5 feet 7 inch Narasimha Raju Needa Leni Aadadi (1974) Madala Ranga Rao Chairman Chalamayya (1974) S. V. Krishna Reddy 01 June 1961 Pagadala Padava (1976) Sarath Babu Sathyam Babu Dixithulu 31 July 1951 Pattina Pravesam (1977) Suman Suman Talwar 28 August 1959 Neechal Kulam (1977) 5 feet 11 inch Mohan Mohan Rao 10 May 1956 Kokila (1977) Bhanu Chander 02 July 1952 Mana Voori Pandavulu (1978) 5 feet 7 inch Harish Kumar 01 August 1975 Seetamalakshmi (1978) 5 feet 4 inch Ramesh Babu Ghattamaneni Ramesh Babu 13 October 1965 Needa (1979) Sudhakar Betha Sudhakar 18 May 1959 Kizhakke Pogum Rail (1978)
Fourth Generation Tollywood Heroes (1980-2000)
These are the stars of Telugu film industry still ruling the box-office. Not only are they top actors of their generation, they were modern, all-rounders. One top actor from this generation gained so huge a stardom that he became the highest paid Indian actor at one time. Stardom, and fan base knew no bounds. Dancing superstars were born. Action sequences started to take new turn, and became staple to the films of all top stars. Here are the star heroes who are still at their best.
New Age Tollywood Heroes (2000-Present)
New Millennium. New stars. Telugu films are released not only across India, but a market in more than 60 countries opened. Worldwide releases, thousands of theatres, slow fade out of 100 days and silver jubilees. Top openings, releases in even c-centers, and instant success. Many top actors of this generation became some of the highest paid in India. Most Telugu stars got pan-India appeal. Newer and larger number of audience started to look out for Telugu films. Some films are taken notice even by who and who of Hollywood. Young Telugu heroes started to surprise the audience with their new approach towards acting.
Old Telugu Actors (Until 1940)
Ever since Telugu films started, various actors became fan favorites. They became top actors of their generation or their stardom span generations. In the beginning, until 1940, most of the stars are from Dramas. They made it to the silver screen like fish to waters. The below list shows the all the Telugu actors up to 1940, the veterans actors of old times.
Old Telugu Actors Sl No Actor Name Date of Birth Debut Film 1. Vemuri Gaggaiah 1895 Savithri 2. Bellary Raghava 2 August 1880 Draupadi Maanasamrakshanam 3. Kalyanam Raghuramaiah 5 March 1901 Prudhvi Putra (1933) 4. Yadavalli Suryanarayana 1888 Rama Paduka Pattabhishekam (1932) 5. Chittoor V. Nagaiah 28 March 1904 Gruhalakshmi (1938) 6. Kasturi Siva Rao 6 March 1913 Vara Vikrayam (1939) 7. C. H. Narayana Rao 13 September 1913 Jeevana Jyothi (1940)