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Name Rangaraj Subbaiah
Date of birth 3 October 1954
Birth place Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Other names Dengaraj
Occupation Actor, Film producer, Comedian, Director
Years active 1978–present
Spouse(s) Maheswari (m.1979–present)
Children Divya Sathyaraj



Sathyaraj was born as Rangaraj on 3 October 1954 to Subbaiyan and Nathambal, with two younger sisters, namely Kalpana Mandradiar and Roopa Senapathy (wife of Dr. Periannan Senapathy). He is an ardent fan of M. G. Ramachandran. Sathyaraj completed his primary school education in St Mary’s Convent school, Coimbatore and later studied for tenth standard from Suburban High School, Ramnagar, Coimbatore. He went to Government Arts College, Coimbatore for a Bachelor of Science degree in Botany. Sathyaraj’s dream was to become a film actor, but his mother was against it and forbid him to join cinema. In 1976, in spite of his mother’s opposition, he left Coimbatore to enter the Tamil film industry based in Kodambakkam, Chennai. Sathyaraj entered the film industry after witnessing the shooting of the film Annakili, where he met actor Sivakumar and producer Thiruppur Manian. He joined the drama troupe of Komal Swamynathan. Sathyaraj’s first film in a credited role as an actor was Sattam En Kaiyil, in 1978 where he played a henchman to the main villain played by Thengai Srinivasan in the film. Later he worked as production manager for the film Kannan Oru Kaikkuzhanthai. In addition to his managerial role, he also had a small acting part in the film. His first film as the leading hero in Tamil was Saavi in 1985, which was a box-office success but his character was negative one. He acted in around 75 films from 1978 to the 1985 till films like Kaakki Sattai, Vikram (1986) starring Kamal Hassan, most of which featured Sathyaraj in antagonist roles.

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