Actor, Producer, Supporting Cast
Winner: Tamil Nadu State Film Special Award for Best Actor for Charlie Chaplin in 2002
Years Active:
1982 - present
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Prabhu Ganesan (Tamil: பிரபு கணேசன்) (born 31 December 1956) is a Tamil film actor and film producer. He is the son of legendary Tamil thespian Sivaji Ganesan.

Personal life

A native of Tamil Nadu, he is the son of Sivaji and Kamala Ganesan. He has an elder brother Ramkumar Ganesan who is a film producer and two sisters, Shanthi and Thenmozhi. He did his schooling from Bishop Cotton Boys' School in Banglore.He later did his BA in History at Loyola College, Chennai, an elite Jesuit college, from 1976 till 1978.He was active in sports. At college he was quiet and unassuming. He dropped out from Loyola on his second year probably to pursue his acting career. He married Punitha in 1981 and they have a son named Vikram Prabhu and one daughter named Aishwarya Prabhu.


Prabhu Ganesan has appeared in over 150 films. After his debut in the film Sangili in 1982, he made several films. Apart from taking the lead role, he has acted in several types of roles, including comedian roles and antagonistic roles. Ganesan frequently appeared alongside tamil actors Rajinikanth, Kamal Hassan, and his father, Sivaji Ganesan during this time period.

He received a Best Actor Award in 1991. He appeared in Suyamvaram. He appeared alongside Rajinikanth in Guru Shishyan and in Chandramukhi in 2005 and in Vetri Vizha and Vasool Raja MBBS with Kamal Haasan.He also acted with megastar Mammootty and "Bharath" Mohanlal.

He starred as a cop operating in Malaysia in Billa in 2007. He recently acted in Kuselan, Silambattam and Ayan in supporting roles. He recently acted in several projects, namely Mani Ratnam's Raavana, Maanja Velu and Asal.

Prabhu is known well for his co-operation when it comes to producers or directors and has the credit of introducing the maximum number of new comers as directors.

While his fellow collegues had refused to take up the role of Trisha's brother in "Something Something", Prabhu took up the role so effortlessly and was one of the reason for the films Box Office Hit. So is his roles in "Thamarabarani" with Vishal, Raavanan with Vikram, "Malai Malai" with Arun, "Thambikku Indha Ooru" with Bharath.

His "Thambikoattai" (December Release) with Narain should close this year 2010 with a tally of 11 Films to his credit for this year. Prabhu had good releases this year in most of the South Indian Languages ( 2 in Malayalam (Pramaani & Best of Luck), 2 in Telegu (Darling with Prabhas & Orange with Ram Charan Teja, 7 Films in Tamil)

Prabhu's wise decision in choosing his path to perform good character roles of prominence in recent years as won accolades like Best Supporting Actor from Film Fare for his remarkable performance in Surya starrer "Ayan"

2011 will see his consolidation and maintain the stability of choosing good roles with substance. Cameos with NIL Prominence is something Prabhu should watch and avoid.