One of the renowned and veteran actors in the Tollywood Industry, Tammareddy Chalapathi Rao died of cardiac arrest here on Sunday. He was 78. As per the information he suffered cardiac arrest at the residence of his son Ravi Babu at Banjara Hills, MLA Colony in the early hours of the day.
The actor is well known for his comic roles, he acted with three generations of top stars. His son Ravi Babu is also an actor and filmmaker. His son Ravi Babu is also an actor, director, and producer in Tollywood. Chalapathi Rao's family said that the last rites will be performed on December 28 after the arrival of his daughter from the United States. They said that the body would be kept at Ravi Babu's house till 3 p.m.
This news came as a shocker as recently Kaikala Satynarayana passed away and now Chalapathi Rao's death is the second major loss to Tollywood in three days. Rao was born on May 8, 1944, in Andhra Pradesh's Krishna district, Chalapathi Rao entered the film industry with the encouragement by thespian N. T. Rama Rao. He is survived by two daughters and a son.
Chalapathi Rao's established himself as an actor and producer. Chalapathi Rao acted in more than 600 films. Chalapathi Rao made his debut in 1966 with 'Ghodachari 116'. He also acted in several Telugu movies as a supporting actor and villain in the films of NT Rama Rao, Krishna, Akkineni Nagarjuna, Chiranjeevi and Venkatesh, Actor and Jana Sena party chief Pawan Kalyan in a statement condoled Chalapathi Rao's death.