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Popular Malayalam Actors who have graced the black and white screens.

Have a look at the actors who had a huge presence in the Malayalam film industry from the 1920s to the 1970s.

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GK Pillai

GK Pillai

Born G Keshava Pilla started his film career in 1924. He has been acting for 58 years and acted in more than 325 films in a revolutionizing the role of the villain.

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Prem Nazir

Prem Nazir

Born Abdul Khader, started his film career in 1952. He was considered an all-time superstar in Malayalam Film Industy. He holds 2 Guinness World Records for playing the lead role in 725 Films and for playing 130 of them with the same heroine (Sheela). He also holds the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Sri for his contribution to the arts.

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K. P Ummer

K. P Ummer

Born Kachinamthoduka Purayil Ummer started his film carer in 1956. He played the antagonist usually to the protagonist played by Prem Nazir. He is the first actor to turn down a State National Award.

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Madhu

Madhu

Born Madhavan Nair, started his film career in 1963. He entered the film industry and managed to hold onto lead roles, especially during times when lead roles was dominated by actors like Prem Nazir and Satyan. He has won multiple awards and accolades, including the Padma Shri in 2013.

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Satyan

Satyan

Born Manuel Sathyaneshan, also known as Satyan Master, started his film career in 1951. He won the first ever Kerala State Film Award for Best actor in 1969.

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Jose Prakash

Jose Prakash

Born K Baby Joseph, started his film career in 1961. He first started his career in the film industry as a background singer and later entered the acting field. He acted in more than 300 films in a villainous role.

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M. G. Soman

M. G. Soman

Born Somashekharan Nair, started his film career in 1973. He is considered one of the superstar trio including Jayan and Sukumaran. He has won the Kerala State award for best actor (1976) and second best actor (1975).

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Sukumaran

Sukumaran

Born Edappal Ponnamkuzhi Veettil Sukumaran Nair, started his film career in 1973. He is considered one of the superstar trio consisting of Jayan and M. G. Soman. He is well known for his antagonist roles.

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Jayan

Jayan

Born Krishnan Nair, started his film career in 1974. He is considered the first action hero of Malayalam cinema. By the end of 1970s he was considered the most popular lead and bankable actor.

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Adoor Bhasi

Adoor Bhasi

Born K. Bhaskaran Nair started his film career in 1961. He played the role of supporting actor to the lead and always provided the comedy aspect.

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Balan K Nair

Balan K Nair

Debuted his film career in 1970. Although he played antagonist roles, he was known for his performance in strong character roles.