Prakash Raj is an Indian actor who acts in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi language films. He is also a director, producer and television host. He started his career as street theater artist and performed over 2000 stages. He then acted in Kannada television serials. He made his film debut in 1990 through the Kannada movie 'Mithileya Seetheyaru'. His real name was Prakash Rai and he changed it to Prakash Raj as per the advice of director K. Balachander. Since then he acted over 300 films in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada,Malayalam and Hindi language films. He won many awards in his career including National Film Awards( 5 times), Tamil Nadu State Film Awards (4 times), Filmfare Awards (5 times) and Nandi Awards (6 times).
Prakash Raj was born on 26th March 1965 in Bangaluru, Karnataka to a Tulu speaking father and Kannadiga mother. He did his schooling at t St. Joseph's Boys' High School, Bangalore and took gradutation from St. Joseph's College of Commerce, Bangalore.