Manjeri Narayana Nambiar alias M.N. Nambiar was a veteran theatre artist and a legend in cinema. He was one of the oldest actors from the pre-war era who remained in the industry till date. He was always humble despite having worked with seven generations of actors.
A God fearing person, Nambiar was completely opposite to the villains that he portrayed all the years.
He has completed more than 1000 films, mostly in Tamil and a few in Hindi and Malayalam. He has also acted in an English movie titled Jungle.
Born on March 17, 1919 in Kannur, Kerala, he entered the stage at the age of 13. His first film Bhakta Ramadoss, where he played a villain was shot in 1935 in Hindi and Tamil.
M.N. Nambiar was an ardent devotee of Sabari Mala Sri Ayyappan. He had a long association with the temple, and had visited the shrine for more than 65 years, which earned him the title Maha Guruswamy.
His favourite films were Ayirathil Oruvan with MGR, Ambikapathi with Sivaji Ganesan, Missiyamma with Gemini Ganesan, Nenjam Marappathillai directed by Sridhar and Thooral Ninnu Pochu with Bagyaraj. This was the film in he had done character roles, something which he had continued till date. Another film which is unforgettable is Thigambarasamiyar in which he had done 11 roles! He has also acted as hero in two films Kalyani and Kavitha produced by Modern Theatres. He has also done serials such as 'Velan.'