Kota Srinivasa Rao is a highly versatile Tollywood actor. He is more famous for his roles as villain, comedy and character roles. He is praised as an actor who can act in any role. He was also elected as an MLA from Vijayawada East assembly constituency in Andhra Pradesh,India. He made his debut with the Telugu film Pranam Khareedu in 1978. Rao is one of the finest method actors of contemporary Telugu cinema. He starred in six hundred and fifty feature films. In 2003, He made his debut in Tamil film Saamy as a suave villain. He played a negative role Saniyan Saggadi in the Tamil film Thirupaachi. His father Kota Seetha Rama Anjaneyulu was a doctor. He initially aimed to become a doctor but eventually couldn't make it because of his love towards acting. He initially started his career in stage and drama plays during his college times.He is a bachelor of science graduate and worked as a State Bank employee before entering the film industry. He is married to Rukmini and has three children (2 daughters and a son).He lost his son Kota Venkata Anjaneya Prasad on 20 June 2010 in a road accident in Hyderabad. His younger brother Kota Sankara Rao is also an actor. He works in a nationalised bank and acts in soap operas.