Chennai: Yesteryear actor SS Rajendran of Tamil Cinema breathed his last on Friday. He was 85.
A family source told media – “He was admitted to Meenakshi Hospital on Thursday in critical condition. He passed away this morning due to issues related to lung infection.”
Rajendran was hospitalized again for lung infection earlier this year.
Having acted in over 50 Tamil films, Rajendran was treated on par with legends such as MG Ramachandran and Sivaji Ganeshan.
Rajendran, who made his cinematic debut with 1952 Tamil film “Parasakthi”, has also starred in films like “Ratha Kanner”, “Rangoon Radha” and “Sivagangai Seemai”.
For nearly two decades, Rajendran was actively involved in politics. He was known as the first actor-legislator of Indian politics.
Under the establishment of SSR Pankajam, Rajendran’s wife Pankajam and he had built a cinema theatre, film studio and recording theatre.