Chalapathi Rao (Thammareddy Chalapathi Rao) is a veteran actor of over 1200 films in Tollywood who is famous for villainous and character roles in his 50 year long career. It was during his intermediate days, Chalapathi Rao’s interest drew towards the Cinema and landed in Chennai to pursue his dreams. After few struggles, he happened to meet the legendary actor NTR who gave him break in “Kathanayakudu” in a small role.
His association with the legendary NTR resulted in roles in many movies of his. Chalapathi Rao had donned 5 roles in the epic movie “Dana Veena Soora Karna” which fetched him name and fame. After being a successful actor, Chalapathi Rao ventured into production and produced 5 movies and later entered into TV production. During the initial part of his career, Chalapathi Rao has played mainly minor roles and negative roles.
It was “Ninne Pelladatha” that brought a change over in his image making him the busiest actor as a character artist. His son Ravibabu is a noted director, producer and actor in Tollywood.