JV Somayajulu (born as Jonnalagadda Venkata Somayajulu) (30 June 1928 – 27 April 2004) was an Indian actor who appeared in Telugu, Tamil and few Hindi films.
A Government official by profession, JV Somayajulu was keen on theater and stage plays since his early days and has appeared in many stage shows, the most popular being Gurajada Appa Rao’s classic “Kanyashulkam” as it was the magnet to which all stage actors were instantly drawn. In the three decades that followed, Somayajulu and Ramanamurthy elevated the play to a stage masterpiece, Somayajulu as the incorrigible Ramappa Panthulu and his younger brother Ramana Murthy as the irrepressible Girisam. But their fame was confined to only a few districts. Though Ramana Murthy turned a film actor, Somayajulu was still confined to stage shows.
The actor made his acting debut on Silver screen with K Vishwanath’s all-time classic Shankarabharanam in 1978, the movie after a sluggish start became one of the biggest hits of the year apart from winning accolades and awards from all corners and an unknown man called JV Somayajulu has reached dizzy heights and became an overnight celebrity.
JV Somayajulu possessed everything that was needed for a successful career, a rich voice, flawless expression, majestic figure and, above all, abiding love for the acting.
In a career that spanned over 3 decades, JV Somayajulu has appeared in many memorable movies like Kaliyuga Pandavulu, Vijetha, Magadheerudu, Manjnu, Abhinandana, Sankeerthana and Govinda Govinda.