Tiger Prabhakar is a prominent Indian actor, producer and director who became famous in the Kannada and Telugu films. He was born on March 30, 1950 in Frazer Town, Bangalore, Mysore State in India. He also appeared in few Tamil, Malayalam and Bollywood movies. Prabhakar became popular for doing villainous roles in more than 450 films he donned on his career.
He started ding negative roles in small budget films and was later debuted in the 1969 film, Kaadina Rahasya. Afterwards, he also donned action and thriller films. He got his name Tiger after doing the film, Hulli Hejjai and fought with a real tiger. From then, he was called as Tiger Prabhakar. After receiving accolades, he continued his career and portrayed different roles in Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam and Telugu films. Besides his name Tiger Prabhakar, he became popular as Kannada Prabhakar, after portraying villain roles in many of Chiranjeevi’s films. He directed the box-office hit films, Mister Mahesh Kumar (1994) and Mahendra Varma (1993), which was produced under his own banner, Smt Jayamala Prabhakar. He is also the director of the movie, ‘Good, Bad, Ugly’ that became a box-office hit as well. During the mid 80’s, he became one of the best popular actors who played in various family-oriented films together with Manjula, Bhavya and more. He was also featured in and Sridevi’s starrer film, Inquilaab in 1984. He also got the chance to work with famous stars like Mammoothy, Dr. Rajkumar, Rajanikanth, Ambarish, Vishnuvardhan,
Tiger was the one who introduced Kanglish or a combination of Kannada and English languages in the Kannada films. Since then, several mimic artists declaim his Kanglish dialogues. The actor got married thrice; the first one is with Alphonza Mary with whom he had two daughters and one son namely Bharathi, Geetha and Vinod who is also an actor. Later, he got married to Kannada film actress, Jaimala and they have one daughter named, Soundarya. After his divorce to his second wife, he got married to another film actress, Anju and they have one son named, Arjun. However, their relationship did not end well and they had a divorce.
Tiger was also known as a philanthropist who helped several charities during the peak of his career. His life story started from rags to riches and maybe that is the reason why he tends to help those in need. He climbed the success from nobody to a remarkable action king of the Kannada films. He donned films like Sri Krishnadevaraya, Paropakari, Mayura, Raja Nanna Raja, Mutthaide Bhagya and a lot more.
Besides acting, he also entered the world of politics. He traveled around Karnataka and his people called him ‘Guru, you are our hope’. In the mid 80’s, he got a bike accident that became a major blow for the actor. In the early 2000’s, Tiger got a multiple organ dysfunction syndrome and on March 25, 2001, he died in Bangalore.