- 17 March 1975 – 29 October 2021
- Madras, Tamil Nadu, India
Puneeth Rajkumar is the most talented actor in Sandalwood. He was born on 17 March 1975 to the late Actor Dr. Rajkumar and Parvathama. He got married to Ashwini Revanth on 1 December 1999 and has two daughters Drithi and Vanditha. He is an Actor, singer, producer, and television presenter. He started acting when he was six months old with his father Rajkumar in the Premade Kanike movie. He acted with his father when he was a child in many films like Vasantha Geetha, Bhagyavantha, Hosa Belaku, Yardu Nakshtragalu, and Yarivanu and he was a protagonist in Bhakta Prahalada. He received his first Karnataka State Film Award for Best Child Actor. His last Child role with his father was in the movie Parashuram in 1989. His first debut film was Appu with, Rakshita which is directed by Puri Jagannadh in 2002. He then appeared with Ramya in Abhi film in 2003 and also acted in some films with Ramya in Arasu and Aakash. He received his first Filmfare Best Actor award and also he received his first Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor for Milana movie in 2007. He then appeared in the films like Vamshi, Anna Bond, Ninnindale, Power, and many more. He was recently seen in Yuvarathna. His last film in a leading role, James, was released on his 47th birthday, 17 March 2022. It broke the record for the biggest opening day collection and was the fastest Kannada movie to gross 100 crores in 2022. He is also a play back singer and sang songs like Kannige Kaanuva, Taliban Alla Alla,Baana Daariyalli Soory, Jothe Jotheyali. He has also hosted a Tv show Kannadada Kotyadhipati and Family Power. He will also star in The Lucky Man film the shooting of his role had done long back and he will be playing the role of a God. The movie will be released on 9th September 2022. He will also be seen in his dream project film Gandha Gudi which will be his last movie. On 29 October 2021, he died as he had a cardiac arrest. His body was kept for public view at Kanteerava stadium for 3 days. He was s awarded Karnataka Ratna after his death in 2021 and also he was also awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Mysore at its 102nd convocation and was received by his wife Ashwini Puneeth Rajkumar On 22 March 2022.