Sivakumar (born as Palanichamy) is a Tamil film actor. He is the father of actors Surya and Karthik Sivakumar.
He has starred in Tamil movies such as Sindhu Bhairavi and tele-serials like Chithi and Annamalai. He received a life-time-achievement award at the 55th Filmfare awards. Sivakumar made his acting debut in by A. C. Trilogchander's Kakkum Karangal.
His art works include several portraits of noted celebrities and he conducted a exhibition on Oct, 2016 at Chennai. He is also ambidextrous.
Sivakumar came into the industry in 1965 as a supporting actor. In the late 1960s as a lead hero he has starred in few notable Tamil movies such as Kandan Karunai, Thunivae Thozhan and Uyarndha Manidhan.
He has also ventured into public speaking, giving his opinion on various subjects. He has been praised for the fluency and style of his speeches. He has given speeches on Ramayana and Mahabharata, each in 2 hours and 15 mins at Vellalar College for Women, Erode.
Sivakumar is married to Lakshmi and the couple have three children; two sons who are actors, Surya Sivakumar and Karthik Sivakumar, and a daughter Brindha. His elder daughter-in-law, Jyothika is a leading Kollywood actress.