Top 10 Tamil Actors of the 1980s

This list shows who were the Top 10 Actors in Tamil during the 80s period.
The Top Ten
1 Rajinikanth Shivaji Rao Gaekwad better known by his stage name Rajinikanth (born 12 December 1950) is an Indian Tamil film actor and is considered as Super Star of Kollywood after M. G. Ramachandran. After earning ₹26 crore (equivalent to ₹55 crore or US$8.2 million in 2016) for his role in Sivaji (2007), he was the highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan at the time. The Government of India has honoured him with the Padma Bhushan in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2016 for his contributions to the arts. At the 45th International Film Festival of India (2014), he was conferred with the "Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year". Rajinikanth has won six Tamil Nadu State Film Awards—four more.

He was ruling Tamil Film Industry (Kollywood), during this age. He gave many Blockbusters Pokkiri Raja, Murattu Kalai, Thanikattu Raja, Thillu Mullu... Raja Chinna Roja...

Raja Chinna Roja was first Indian Film to feature Live action and animation.

In 1988, he acted in an American Film "Blood stone", as an Indian Taxi Driver.
His 100 th Film Ragavendra also came during this period. It was said that he gave 26 films of a continuous Hits.

He is still Top... !

He is the man of humanity!

Star always blinks

God of cinema

2 Kamal Hassan Kamal Haasan (born as Parthasarathi on 7 November 1954) is a Tamil actor, Film director, screenwriter, producer, playback singer and lyricist who works primarily in Tamil cinema. Kamal has won awards including three National Film Awards, the second-most by any Indian actor, and nineteen Filmfare Awards.

During this Period he was next to Rajinikanth. There were Huge Fan Following for Rajini and Kamal.

He gave many hits such as, Varumaiyin Niram Siggapu, Moondram Pirai which were Super Hits.

He made his Bollywood Debut "Ek Duje Keliye" during this Period, which was a big succes. Later he appeared in Raaj Tilak's Sagar, which gave him Film fare award for Best supporting Actor

In 1989, he gave a Mega Hit movie named "Apoorva Sakotharagal"

God of acting

3 Mohan

Mohan was known as the "Chocolate Boy" of 1980, he had a Very Huge Fans in Tamilnadu. He was also known as Mike Mohan, because of his appearance in movies.

The Period 1980s was considered as the "Mohan Periods" in Tamil Film Industry (Thanks to Ilayaraja & SPB)

During this period, Mohan's three Films were released at a same time, and became Blockbuster.

In 1982, he received Film fare Award for "Payanagal Mudivathilai". Out of his 83 films, 61 were Hits.

He was called as "Silver Jubilee Star", since all his movies had a Fantastic Run. He gave many hits - Payanangal Mudivathilai, Mella Thirantha Kathavu, Mouna Ragam, Nooravathu Naal and so on.

His movie "Uruvam" released in 1991, destroyed "The Mohan Phenomenon" and soon he Faded.

4 Ramarajan

My favorite actor in Tamil cinema. I like his attitude. He doesn't smoke. doesn't drink. He acts as the real gentleman. He doesn't dance and fight like other heroes but, he he does his actions and love scenes very attractively.

Village super star

Village super star

My favourite hero

5 Vijayakanth

Vijayakanth appeared in his 1979 "Inikkum Illamai", but his 1984 "Vaidhegi Kathirunthal" was a turning Point and Career changing movie.

Later In 1985, he appeared in Puthiya Sagaptham, Karimeedu Karuvayan.

In 1986, He won Film fare Best Tamil Actor Award for the Blockbuster movie "Amman Koyil Kizhakale". Also in 1986 he gave a Super Hit movie "Oomai Vizhigal".

Later in 1990's he gave his 100th movie "Captain Prabhakaran", after that movie he was called as Captain by his Fans.

He is my favourite

He is only captain

6 Bhagyaraj
7 Karthik Murali Karthikeyan Muthuraman (born 13 September 1960), best known by stage name Karthik, is an Indian film actor, playback singer and politician. He is the son of actor R. Muthuraman. He has also appeared in some Telugu films. Karthik has been the recipient of the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and the more.

He made his Debut in 1981 "Alaigal Ovaidhilai". Later he acted in Films like Ninaivellam Nithya, Nalla Thambi Ninaivugal.

He acted in a Blockbuster movie "Nallavanukku Nallavan", with Rajinikanth

In 1986, his role was noted in a move named "Mouna Ragam". His acting was appreciated by all. His Dialouge "Chandramouli Chandramouli" was noted and it became a Famous Dialogue.

In 1988, he featured in Mani Ratnam's "Agni Natchathiram", which became a Block Buster

During, the 80 Periods, he received three Film fare Awards, and Two Tamilnadu State Film awards

8 Prabhu

Thanthi T.V. survey is completely fake. During the survey of Top 10 1990s Actors, they said Ajith had more fame than Vijay, Prashanth and Aravind Swamy. But during those days Ajith was acting in side role to Vijay in Rajavin Parvaiyile & to Prashanth in Kaloori Vaasal. If really Ajith had more fame, why would he act in side role?. Thanthi T.V. also said Vikram and Suriya had more fans than Prashanth, Aravind Swamy and Prabhu Deva, which is completely fake. Vikram's first hit was Sethu which was released in 1999. Suriya started acting in 1997 and gave his first hit in 1999 Povellam Ketu Par.

Don't believe Thanthi T.V. survey, this list is correct.

9 Sathyaraj Sathyaraj is an Indian film actor, producer, director, media personality and a former politician who has predominantly appeared in Tamil films.
10 Sivaji Ganesan Villupuram Chinnaiya Pillai Manrayar Ganesamoorthy, better known by his stage name Sivaji Ganesan, (1 October 1928 – 21 July 2001) was an Indian Tamil actor and producer. He was titled as "Nadigar Thilagam", In a career that spanned close to five decades, he had acted 288 films in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, more.

Sivaji Ganesan in 1980, was not as he was in MGR Peroids. He did more Matured Roles. He acted in Films like Rishi Moolam, Yemanukku Yeman & Chiranjeevi.

In 1985, He gave a Blockbuster "Mudhal Mariyadhai", directed by Bharathi Raja. He got awards and credits for the Movie.

Later he appeared in two 1990 Block busters Kamal's Devar Magan & Rajinikanth's "Paddayappa"

An unparalleled inborn actor in the world.

The Contenders
11 Arjun
12 Shiva Kumar

In 1979, his 100 th film was released, "Rosapoo Ravikai kari", where he received Film fare Best Actor Award.

In 1980's he got Tamil Nadu State Film Awards Best Actor for "Avan Aval Adhu" and "Agni Sakshi"

He was considered as one the Leading Actor during Mid 70's to Late 80's

13 Suresh
14 T. Rajendar
15 Goundamani
16 Pratap K. Pothen
17 Pandiyan
18 Ramki
19 Senthil
20 Soori
21 R. Dilip
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