Rao Gopal Rao was a popular Telugu actor and a politician, who hailed from Ganganapalli in Andhra Pradesh. He was a good character artist in Andhra cinema and was also in politics with the designation of Member of Parliament. He was interested in acting and started a drama company called Associated Amateur Drama Company and staged many dramas. S.V. Ranga Rao supposed to see his drama and he got impressed by Rao Gopal Rao’s acting. He then recommended him to act in cinemas and introduced to Gutta Ramineedu. Rao Gopal Rao worked as the assistant director in the film Bhakta Potanna in the year 1966 under the direction of Gutta Ramineedu.
After a few years, he turned as an actor. He acted as a villain in the film Jagat Kiladilu, which was led by Krishna. He was also a producer of various hit films like
, Station Master and many more. By the impression made by N.T.R, Rao Gopal Rao joined in the Telugu Desam Party and was appointed by N.T.R as a legislative council member. He served as the member of Rajya Sabha from 1986 to 1992. Rao Gopal Rao was awarded as Kala Prapoorna for his service to the Telugu film industry by Andhra Pradesh University. He breathed his last breathe in the year 1994.