Riyaz Khan is a Tamil and Malayalam film and television actor who has more than 100 films under his kitty and several TV serials under his name. Born on the 9th of September, 1972, Riyaz Khan first made his entry into acting through Malayalam movies, his first being 'Sukham Sukhakaram' directed by
. He has not looked back since then and has acted in movies in Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada with leading directors and actors. He has played supportive roles in many Tamil movies essaying powerful characters like an investigative policeman, bodybuilder, etc.
He rose to huge popularity after his role in A. R. Murugadoss’s blockbuster Ghajini that saw Suriya and Asin in the lead roles. He made a huge impact that he was called to play the same role in the Hindi remake as well which had
in the lead role directed by A. R. Murugadoss himself. Since then he has acted in second lead roles, supportive roles, and cameos in many movies including Sura, Thirupathi, Arasangam, Aadhavan, Cheena Thaana 001, Winner, etc. He proved his mettle in slapstick comedy in the movie 'Winner' in which his comedy tracks with Vadivelu became a cult hit.
He had acted in several serials in Tamil television and made a huge mark when he donned a role in the long-running ‘
’ that airs on Sun TV. He is married to fellow actress
Uma Riyaz Khan
, who is also a film and television actress who is the daughter of Kamesh and
, veterans in the movie industry. They have two sons Shariq who is 19 and Samshad, who is 11 now.