Actor-cum-dramatist ‘Typist’ Gopu dead

Chennai: Well known film and drama actor ‘Typist’ Gopu passed away on Wednesday. He was 85. Hailing from Tiruchi, he made his stage debut in his friend Nagesh’s troupe in 1959 and became famous for portraying a typist in the play ‘Nenje Nee Vazhga‘ which stuck to his name after that.

Gopu was later introduced to the big screen by K Balachander in the film Naanal and went on to feature in numerous films stamping his unique voice and acting. He was a regular cast member of Cho Ramaswamy and later the Y Gee Mahendra troupe for several decades.

He received Kalaimamani in 2002. He also acted on comedy television serials after acting opportunities ceased to come. He acted in over 600 stage plays and 400 movies.

A resident of Ayapakkam, he is survived by his wife Rajalakshmi, two sons and a daughter.

NT Bureau