Gollapudi Maruthi Rao Passed Away: The Telugu Veteran actor, writer, and screenwriter Gollapudi Maruthi Rao passed away at the age of 80 on Thursday at a private hospital in Chennai. He was undergoing treatment at Lifeline Hospital in T Nagar after falling ill and succumbed at around 12 noon. As per hospital sources, he had been undergoing treatment for age-related ailments.
Gollapudi Maruthi Rao was born in 1939 in Vizianagaram in Madras Presidency, in present-day Andhra Pradesh. He attended Andhra University in Visakhapatnam. The late actor is not only known for the innumerable roles he has portrayed, but also for the many works of literature he has penned.
The actor debuted in the Telugu film industry with the film Intlo Ramayya Veedhilo Krishnayya which released in 1982 in which he starred alongside Chiranjeevi and Madhavi. He had also penned the dialogues for the film. The actor Gollapudi Maruthi Rao also starred in numerous films with some of his most memorable roles coming in Kallu, Samasaram Oka Chadarangam, and Challenge.
Gollapudi Maruthi Rao went on to act in over 250 films and also wrote several books, novels, and plays. The actor had earlier also worked as a host and station in-charge for All India Radio, which he continued to do so even after he moved into the theatre circuit. He has received several awards, including state awards for his literary works such as Rendu Rellu Aaru, Patita, Karuninchani Devatalu, Mahanatudu, among others.