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Date of Birth: August 12, 1935
Place of Birth: Sahnewal, Punjab

Dharam Singh Deol better known as Dharmendra, is an Indian Bollywood film star. At the peak of his film career he was considered a matinee idol, and was among the 10 most handsome men in the world at that time. Currently he is a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India. He represents the Bikaner constituency of Rajasthan and is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) political party. He was recently awarded the Lifetime achievement award for his contribution to Hindi cinema.

He rose to fame as an Indian actor who appeared in more than 200 Hindi films since the early 1960s. He married Prakash Deol and later actress Hema Malini. He is the father of actors Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol from Prakash Deol and father of actress Esha Deol and Ahana Deol from Hema Malini. He is the uncle of actor Abhay Deol.

Dharmendra is the most successful filmstar of Bollywood after Amitabh Bachchan. He has starred in a large number of hit films in Bollywood and is considered a living legend. Dharmendra was first noticed in a Filmfare spot-the-talent contest and came to Mumbai to become an actor. He was signed by Arjun Hingorani for the film Dil Bhi Tera, Hum Bhi Tere (1960).

At the start of his career he was usually cast as a romantic hero . His first major hit film was Phool Aur Paththar. Dharmendra starred in many comedy films, noted Chupke Chupke, a masterpiece from Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Before Chupke Chupke Dharmendra had worked in Satyakam with Hrisikesh Mukharjee a cult classic and a great piece of cinema again. As action movies became more popular, he took on action hero roles. Perhaps the most memorable of these was his role in the 1975 Sholay, where he was teamed with Amitabh Bachchan.

He has also experimented with film production; he launched both of his sons in films: Sunny Deol in Betaab (1983) and Bobby Deol in Barsaat (1995).

His Latest release is Apne where he appears opposite his sons Sunny and Bobby together for the first time. The movie is recently seen success in box office.

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