Thiruvananthapuram,Veteran Malayalam actor G K Pillai passed away due to old age illness at the Government Medical College Hospital here on Friday.
Ninety-seven-year-old Pillai, acted for 65 years in more than 325 Malayalam films, was known for revolutionising the role of the antagonist in Indian cinema and television.
He took also many notable roles in family-focused films and TV shows.
Pillai is the only actor after Jayan, during the 1980s, to have done most of his stunts in films without the use of stunt doubles.
He was known for his acclaimed villain roles in Vadakkanpattu action films, historical films and other action films during the 1970s and 80s.
Hailing from Varkala, the veteran actor completed his primary education from Chirayenkeezhu Sree Chithira Thirunal High School.
He was married to Late Ulpalakshiyamma and has six children, Prathapachandran, Sreekala R Nair, Sreelekha Mohan, Sreekumari B Pillai, Chandramohan and Priyadarshan.
Pillai joined Indian Military before entering films and served in both Indian Army and Indian Navy.
His debut movie was Snehaseema, directed by SS Rajan and written by Ponkunnam Varkey in 1954.
He acted in several films including Ashwamedham, Aromalunni, Chola, Aanakkalari and Karyasthan.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Opposition leader in the Kerala Assembly VD Satheesan and several others have condoled the demise of GK Pillai.