Veteran Malayalam actor Jagannatha Varma passed away in a private hospital today in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The 77-year-old actor was suffering from a prolonged pneumonia and was admitted in the hospital for some days. Jagannatha Varma was in the industry for over three and a half decades and has done nearly 200 films and few TV shows in the South. Apart from being an actor, he was also an accomplished Kathakali artist and a percussionist. He was in the police force in Kerala before he decided to join the film industry. He retired as the Superintendent of Police and made his debut with the film Mattolay in 1978.
Jagannatha Varma is known for his performances in New Delhi, Pathram, Ee Sabdam Innathe Sabdam and Lelam. He has played a cop, a top bureaucrat, judge, priest and so on. He carved a niche for himself in the industry. He was survived by his wife and two children. His son, Manu Varma, followed his footsteps and became an actor while his daughter married a Malayalam director, Viji Thampi. He was last seen in Malayalam TV show, Mangalyapattu and Tamil show, Aathira. The actor will be missed by his family, friends and fans. (ALSO READ: Malayalam actress Rekha Mohan found dead)
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