Born on 20th December 1949 in Mannargudi, Tiruvarur district, Tamil Nadu, is also known as Swartz Williams is an actor who has been active since 1978 and is also the recipient of the Kalaimaamani award. He has had a career spanning 25 years in the Tamil and Malayalam industry and has appeared in more than 150 movies.
What makes him more special is that he hasn’t played only titular and heroic roles, but also experimented and garnered recognition for his character roles.
In his early years, he studied at Dindigul, Vadamadurai, Melanatham and Anaikadu, which is also the place where his parents belong to. For some reasons, he couldn’t complete his college education. From 1972 to 1979 he worked as a teacher. "Aval OruThodar Kathai" was the first movie he acted in and though it was a small role, it marks his humble beginning in the industry. He went on to play a heroic role in "Kanni Paruvathile" in 1979 which was followed by "
". This was a turning point in his career as after this he went on to play artistic roles ditching the stereotypical heroic ones and did many movies with the icon himself Kamal Haasan.
He has also worked as a dubbing artist in '
'. He is one of those rare persons who left the movie industry voluntarily to pursue other things in life. Currently, he owns a real estate business and successfully runs it. He was one of the first persons to buy a bungalow for shooting purposes which was used as a set for many movies. He also dabbled in politics and till date maintains cordial relations not only with the party he was supporting but also the opposite party and communist leaders.
He is a Christian by birth and later became acquainted with Periyar’s ideologies. He also is a keen astrologer and has written books on the subject. He married Joan Sylvia in 1983 and has two children named Deepak and Divya. Joan died in 2012.
Rajesh’s way of functioning has stood by the adage, “Live life in such a way that you have a story to tell".