Veteran comedian Nagesh, who has special place in Tamil and Telugu film industries both in comic and character roles, died in Chennai on Saturday.
76 year old Nagesh, who was suffering from prolonged illness, breathed his last at his residence.
Born as Gundu Rao to a Kannada Brahmin family in 1933, Nagesh was the most sought-after actor in the MGR-Sivaji era of Tamil cinema in the 1960s and mid-seventies, and was a regular feature in the movies of these late superstars.
A 1000-film veteran, Nagesh was known for his timing and intonation that had the audience in splits. Even in serious movies, his roles were well-appreciated.
Nagesh is survived by his wife and three sons. One of his sons, Anand Babu, is also an actor.