Usman Peerzada was born on June 24, 1950, in Lahore, Pakistan, and currently resides there. During his college days, he began his acting career and is now Pakistan's most senior actor and director. He is well-known for his roles in Urdu and Punjabi films. He is married to
, who is a senior actor and director in the entertainment sector. He worked in the USIS Repertory Theatre Company in 1974, before he became a television artist. In 1975, he was offered the lead role in Pakistan's first English-language film, 'Beyond The Last Mountain,' produced by media veteran Javed Jabbar. He began a collaborative venture with Sri Lanka in 1976 and produced the film 'Sazish,' while his picture '
' was a co-production between Sri Lanka, France, and Italy. He then went into the Pakistani cinema industry, where he appeared in several films.
He made his directorial debut with the 1986 film '
,' which he directed, produced, wrote, and acted in all at the same time. Despite being shot on a shoestring budget, the film was a moderate success, winning four National Awards, including the Best Film award. He also produced, directed, and wrote the screenplay for 'Gori Dyan Jhanjran' (1989), a tremendous blockbuster and received six National Awards. In 1995, he developed, directed, and wrote the script for the popular drama 'Sophia,' which starred his wife, Samina Peerzada.