Mammootty

Date of Birth: September 07, 1951
Occupation:
Actor
Years Active:
1979–present
Mammootty
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Mammootty (born Muhammadkutty Ismail Panaparambil on 7 September 1951) is an Indian film actor, producer, and lawyer best known for his work in Malayalam cinema. He has also acted in a few Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, and Kannada films. During a career spanning more than three decades, he has acted in more than 360 films, and is only next to Prem Nazir in the number of lead roles in Indian films. He also appeared in the highest number of dual roles (nine) in Malayalam films.

Mammootty has been awarded the National Film Award for Best Actor three times, a record he shares with Amitabh Bachchan and Kamal Hassan. He has also won seven Kerala State Film Awards, and eleven Filmfare Awards. He was the first (1998) Malayali actor to be honoured with the Padma Shri for his contributions towards the arts. He was also honoured a Doctor of Letters by the University of Kerala in January 2010 and by the University of Calicut in December 2010. Vanitha, a leading women's magazine in Malayalam, in 2004, chose Mammootty as the actor with the highest sex appeal in Kerala, following a survey among its readers. Mammootty is Chairman of Malayalam Communications, which runs Communist Party of India (Marxist) controlled Malayalam TV channels Kairali TV, People TV, and WE TV. Mammootty has promoted humanitarian causes throughout Kerala and is the goodwill ambassador of the Akshaya project.

Mammootty was born and raised in Chempu near Vaikom in the Kottayam district of the state of Kerala, India in a middle class, Muslim family. He was the eldest son of the family. His father Ismail was a farmer and his mother Fatima was a housewife. His father shifted his family to Ernakulam in 1960s, his school life was at St. Albert s School and Government School Ernakulam. He did his Pre-University course (pre-degree) at Maharajas College, Kochi, and then graduated with a L.L.B. (Bachelor of Laws) from Ernakulam Government Law College. He also practiced law for two years in Manjeri.He also became best friends with Mohanlal. He married Sulfath in 1980 and has a daughter, Surumi (b. 1982) and a son, Dulquer Salman (b. 1986).