Rao Gopal Rao

Date of Birth: January 14, 1937
Actor, Supporting Cast
Rao Gopal Rao
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Rao Gopal Rao
Member of Parliament
In office
3 April, 1986 to 2 April, 1992
January 14, 1937(1937-01-14)
Ganganapalli, Kakinada, Andhra pradesh
Died August 13, 1994(1994-08-13) (aged 57)
Political party
Telugu Desam Party
Kamala Kumari
3; 2 sons and 1 daughter

Rao Gopal Rao (Telugu: రావు గోపాల రావు) was a popular Tollywood Character actor and producer and member of Rajya Sabha. He acted in about 275 films.

Brief Lifesketch
Rao Gopal Rao is son of Shri Rao Satya Narayana Swamy. He was born in 1937 in Ganganapalli near Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh. He started his career as a stage artist. He started his own association called Associated Amateur Drama Company and did many plays under the banner. S. V. Ranga Rao saw his plays and recommended him to Gutta Ramineedu, who was making Bhakta Potana (1966). Rao also worked as an assistant director for this film. He served as an assistant director in other films, including Bangaru Sankellu and Mooga Prema.

Rao acted as a main villain in the film Jagat Kiladilu (1969), which starred Krishna. Rao's voice was dubbed over at the request of the film crew. Rao became better known after the release of Muthyala Muggu, directed by Bapu. Other Bapu films to feature Rao included Bhakta Kannappa (1976), Gorantadiipam (1978), Manavoori Pandavulu (1978), Kaliyuga Ravanasurudu (1980), Tyagayya (1981),Abhilasha (1983),Khaidi (1983),Challenge (1984), Jaakii (1985), and Bullet (1985).

Rao produced several films, including Station Master, Lorry Driver, Bhargva Ramudu, and Vintadongalu.

He played villain roles in large number of movies with Chiranjeevi

Rao was presented with Kala Prapoorna in 1990 by Andhra University and the cultural organizations gave him the title Natavirat. He won the Nagayya Award in 1987. He has joined Telugu Desam Party in 1982. He was appointed to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council in 1984-85 and Indian Parliament by N. T. Rama Rao, then chief minister of Andhra Pradesh. He was member of Rajya Sabha between 3 April, 1986 to 2 April, 1992.1

He died on 13 August 1994. The film Prema & Co was released after his death.

Rao's son Rao Ramesh is currently acting in Telugu films.