Sivakumar was born on 27 October 1941 as Palanichamy is a Tamil film actor. He was introduced in the Tamil movie by A.C.Trilogchander in Kakkum Karangal, a film that starred S.S.Rajendran in the lead role, which was produced by AVM Productions. Apart from acting, Sivakumar is also a painter and a public speaker. He is also ambidextrous. He is married to Lakshmi and the couple have three children; two sons who are actors, Surya Sivakumar and Karthik Sivakumar, and a daughter Brindha. His elder daughter-in-law, Jyothika was a leading Kollywood actress and his younger daughter-in-law is Ranjini Chinnaswamy.
Sivakumar came into the industry in 1965 as a supporting actor. In the late 1960's as a lead hero he has starred in few notable Tamil movies such as Kandan Karunai, Thunivae Thozhan and Uyarndha Manidhan. Between 1965 to 1974 he was pre-dominantly playing supporting roles, in the films with M.G.Ramachandran (2 film), Gemini Ganeshan (7 films), Shivaji Ganeshan (14 films) and R.Muthuraman (11 film) in the main ead roles. He has acted in supporting roles along-side Jayalalitha in 6 films which includes Yarukkum Vetkam Illai, Thirumangalyam, Kavalkaran, Ganga Gowri, Motor Sundram Pillai, and Annai Velankanni and was romantically paired opposite her in Kandan Karunai and Shri Krishna Leelai.
Some of his suceessful films with him in lead role in the 1970’s include Gumasthavin Magal, Sollathaan Ninaikkiren, Arangetram, Vellikizhamai Viratham, Panathukkaga, Melnaattu Marumagal, Pattikkaattu Raja, Then Sindhudhe Vaanam, Thangathile Vairam, Bhadrakali, Aattukara Alamelu, Bhuvana Oru Kelvi Kuri, Kadavul Amaitha Medai, and Enippadigal. The director duo of Devaraj and Mohan directed Sivakumar in lead role in 9 films - Ponnukku Thanga Manasu, Annakili, Uravadum Nenjam, Kavikkuyil, Sainthadamma Sainthadu, Chittu Kuruvi, Rosaappo Ravikkai Kaari, Poonthalir and Isai Paadum Thendral. Infact Kamal Hasan and Rajnikant have played supporting roles in the films with Sivakumar in the lead role between 1972 to 1982.
In the late 1990s, he ventured into television serials, and is well known for his role as Raadhika's husband in the famous TV serial Chithi. In recent times, he has ventured into public speaking, giving his opinion on various subjects. He has been praised for the fluency and style of his speeches. He has given speech on Ramayana and Mahabharata, each in 2 hours and 15 mins at Vellalar College for Women, Erode.
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