Velmurugan Thangasamy Manohar (born 6 March 1960), professionally credited as Charle, is an Indian actor who works in Tamil cinema.[2] He has acted in more than 800 Tamil films as a comedian and supporting actor. He was named after the English comedian Charlie Chaplin.[3]

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Velmurugan Thangasamy Manohar

(1960-03-06) 6 March 1960 (age 62)[1]
Other namesCharlie
Occupation(s)Film actor, comedian
Years active1982—present


Charle completed his degree in chemistry from G. V. N. College in Kovilpatti, Tamil Nadu. During his college days, he was known for histrionics and his uncanny ability to imitate Tamil actors like Sivaji Ganesan, Muthuraman and Nagesh. He is an avid entertainer, and a popular stage artist, while at this colcolharle started his career as a Staff Artist – Actor in Song & Drama Division of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and moved on to perform more than 1000 dramas in six years. He was named Charlie and got introduced in the film Poikkal Kudhirai in the year 1982 by the director K. Balachander. He proved to be a versatile actor in comedy as well as character roles in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films; he dubbed his own voice for his role in the Malayalam film Hijack (1995). He has more than 800 films to his credit and has played a vital role in many films, including films produced by National Film Development Corporation of India. He is highly talented in miming, mono acting and anchoring in stage shows and has performed in various countries.

Charle holds a Master of Arts degree from Madurai Kamaraj University and Master of Philosophy degree from Karaikkudi Alagappa University. He submitted his dissertation for M.Phil in the title, "Contributions of Comedians in the growth of Tamil cinema – 1937 to 1967".[4][5]

Charlie received PhD in Tamil in the topic "Humour in Tamil Cinema" from Tamil University, Thanjavur in October 2019. His guide was Professor K Ravindran, former Head of the Drama department, Tamil University.[6]


  • Tamil Nadu State Government Award
  • Film Fans Association, Chennai
    • Best Comedian Award – 1994– 2 times
    • Best Character Artiste Award – 1996
  • Bharath Social & Cultural Academy, Chennai
    • Best Comedian Award – 1998, 1999, 2000 & 2001– 4 times
  • Kalaimamani Award 2004
  • Kalaichchigaram Award 2018

Partial filmographyEdit

Dubbing artist


  1. ^ "Tamil Movie Actor Dr. Charlie - Nettv4u". Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  2. ^ "இளைய தளபதி குறித்து நடிகர் சார்லி சொன்ன ரகசியம்!". Samayam Tamil.
  3. ^ Raman, Mohan (1 November 2017). "What's in a name?". The Hindu. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  4. ^ "I still have a long way to go, says actor Charle". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 17 February 2007. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Commitment hard to match". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 3 January 2004. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Actor VTM Charlie receives PhD for thesis on humour". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 23 October 2019.

External linksEdit

Actor Charlie at IMDb