Known for his supporting and starring roles in such Tamil films as Periyar and Kadalora Kavithaigal, this Indian entertainer also hosted a STAR Vijay game show called Home Sweet Home and both directed and acted in the 1995 action film Villadhi Villain.
After graduating from the Government Arts College in Coimbatore, India, with a bachelor's degree in botany, he made his screen debut in the 1978 film Sattam En Kaiyil.
For his role in the 1987 Tamil movie Vedham Pudhithu, he received a Filmfare Best Actor Award.
Born Rangaraj Subbaia, he grew up in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. His marriage to Maheswari resulted in two children, including a son, Sibiraj, who had a career as an actor.
He was born in the same year as fellow Tamil cinema star Rajkiran.