The senior actor played many varied roles, from villains to comedic characters.

Tollywood actor Jayaprakash Reddy dies at 74
news Death Tuesday, September 08, 2020 - 09:55

Versatile Telugu actor Jayaprakash Reddy passed away in the early hours of Tuesday at his residence in Guntur, reportedly due to a cardiac arrest. He was 74. 

In his career spanning three decades, the senior actor played many varied roles, from villains to comedic characters. The actor was a native of Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh.

The actor was particularly known for speaking the Rayalaseema dialect perfectly, and for his comic timing.  

Jayaprakash Reddy made his debut in films with Venkatesh’s Brahmaputrudu in 1988, according to the Times of India. He was recently seen on screen in Mahesh Babu’s Sarileru Neekevvaru which released in January. 

His most popular films include Samarasimha Reddy, Preminchukundam Raa, Narasimha Naidu, Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana, Julayi, Ready, Kick, Jayam Manadera, Jamba Lakidi Pamba, Avunu Valliddaru Istapaddaru, Kabaddi Kabbadi, Gabbar Singh, Chennakeshavareddy, Nayak and Chatrapathi, to name a few.

Jayaprakash Reddy also featured in Surya’s Tamil film Aaru and Dhanush’s Uthamaputhiran

Mourning his loss, TDP president Chandrababu Naidu said, “Telugu cinema and theatre has lost a gem today with the demise of Jayaprakash Reddy Garu. His versatile performances over several decades have given us many memorable cinematic moments. My heart goes out to his family and friends in this hour of grief.”

Several from the film industry expressed their condolences. “Woke up to a terrible news. Rest in peace sir,” said actor Sudheer Babu.

“Such a huge loss to #Telugu cinema, Om Shanti” said actor Pranitha Subash.

“Very sad to hear sudden demise of #JayaPrakashReddy Garu .May his soul rest in peace!! will miss u sir,” producer-actor Bandla Ganesh said.

Chief Minister Sri YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has expressed grief and conveyed his condolences to the actor’s family. Jagan said that he created a special place for himself in film-land “through his inimitable dialogue delivery and mannerisms”.

 
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