World’s most typecast actor Jagdish Raj dies aged 85

The Bollywood star who portrayed a policeman on 144 occasions passed away on Sunday

He may not have known it when he first appeared onscreen in 1939, but actor Jagdish Raj was destined to go down in history.


Raj, who became the Guinness World Record holder for being the most typecast actor, died yesterday at the age of 85 due to respiratory arrest.

The Bollywood star was known for his quintessential role as a police officer in a total of 144 movies during his seven-decade career. Some of his notable films include Johny Mera Naam, Deewar, Don, Shakti and Silsila. He also tested his acting chops as a judge on two occasions, as well as a doctor and attorney general.

Although he officially retired from acting in 1992, he last appeared as a deputy inspector general in 2004’s Meri Biwi Ka Jawab Nahin.

Raj was born in 1928 in Sargodha in what is now Pakistan.

His son-in-law Rakesh Malhotra said Raj had been “in and out of the hospital for the past two years and had respiratory problems.”


The actor’s last rites were performed Sunday evening at the Pawan Hans crematorium. He is survived by two daughters and a son.