Tiger Prabhakar

Tiger Prabhakar (30 March 1948 – 25 March 2001), also known as Kannada Prabhakar, was an Indian film actor known for his works predominantly in Kannada and Telugu cinema, with a few Malayalam, Tamil and Bollywood films. He is recognised by the most for his action oriented roles and top-class fighting sequences. While he started out in antagonistic roles in his early career, he quickly rose to stardom after successful films like Mutthaide Bhagya and Tiger.[1][2]


30 March 1948
Died25 March 2001(2001-03-25) (aged 52)
Bangalore, India
Occupationactor, director, composer
Height6 ft (183 cm)
Alphonza Mary
(m. 1974)
(m. 1985; div. 1996)
(m. 1995; div. 1996)
Children5, including Vinodh, Soundarya


Prabhakar started his film career by appearing in a negative role[3] in small-budget movies. As his career progressed, he acted in stunt, action, and thriller movies.

After gaining recognition, he went on to act in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, and Malayalam movies. He appeared in around 450 movies. His natural acting in many of Chiranjeevi's films as villain earned him the name "Kannada Prabhakar".

He produced films like Mahendra Varma and Mister Mahesh kumar. It was his own banner produced by Him.Both films were box-office hits. In the mid-1980s Prabhakar was the most popular and demanded actor from all producers. He acted in number of emotional, family-oriented movies with top heroines like Aarathi, Jayamala, Bharathi and Jayanthi. He played the role of a criminal Anil Raj in Amitabh Bachchan-Sridevi starrer Inquilaab. He acted in some Malayalam movies with actors such as Mammootty and Suresh Gopi (Dhruvam).

Kanglish quotesEdit

Prabhakar introduced Kanglish into Kannada movies.[3] Kanglish is a mix of Kannada and English dialogues. Many mimicry artists recite his Kanglish dialogues.

Personal lifeEdit

Prabhakar was married thrice. He had two daughters Bharathi, Geetha and a son, actor Vinod from his first marriage with Alphonza Mary in 1974.

He then married actress Jayamala in 1985 and they had a daughter together, Soundarya. His third wife was another actress, Anju in 1995 with whom he had a son, Arjun. However, his latter two marriages with both actresses ended with divorces.

A philanthropist, he was known to have made donations to many charity organisations during his career as an actor. His political aspirations never took off.

Prabhakar had met with a bike accident in the mid-1980s, the injuries sustained from which took a toll on his health. Following this, in the early 2000s, he suffered from multiple organ dysfunction syndrome.[4] Owing to these illness, he died in Mallya Hospital in Bangalore at 9:45 p.m. on 25 March 2001.[5]


As actorEdit

As directorEdit

  • Good Bad Ugly (2005) (also composer)
  • Mysore Huli (2001) (also composer)
  • Yama Kinkara (1995)
  • Mr. Mahesh Kumar (1994)
  • Mahendra Varma (1993)
  • Kaliyuga Bheema (1991)
  • Bombay Daadaa (1991)
  • Shakthi (1988)
  • Bidisada bandha (1989)
  • Arjun Abhimanyu (1997)
  • My dear Tiger (1998)


  1. ^ Dr. Jayamala's reaction to Vishnuvardhan – Oneindia Entertainment
  2. ^ Tiger Prabhkar Dead - chitraloka.com | Latest Kannada Movie News, Reviews | Images
  3. ^ a b "This fighter finally met his match". The Times of India. 28 March 2001.
  4. ^ "My Dad Prabhakar Did not Die of Gangrene: Vinod Prabhakar". chitraloka.com. 8 April 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Tiger Prabhkar Dead". chitraloka.com. 25 March 2001. Retrieved 10 November 2014.

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