Born:August 25, 1952 (1952-08-25) (age 56),Madurai, India
Political party:Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam
Residence :Saligramam, Chennai, India
Children:Vijay Prabhakar and Shanmuga Pandian.
Member of Legislative Assembly
Constituency Virudhachalam, India
Upon entering the film industry to pursue an acting career, he changed his name to "Vijayakanth", dropping the "raj" out of his name and suffixing "kanth," by director Khaja . He is nicknamed "Captain" which was taken from one of his popular films Captain Prabhakharan.
Vijayakanth has starred in various hits such as like Amman Koil Kizhakkaley, Vaidegi Kathirundal, Chinna Gounder, Vallarasu, Vanathai Pola,Sethupathi IPS, Ulavu Thurai,Periyanna, Kannupada Pokuthayya and Ramana, Neranja Manasu, Sabari. He was considered as the third major star in Tamil films after Kamal Haasan and Rajnikanth in the 80s and early 90s till now. He is instrumental in giving break to actors like Mansoor Ali Khan , Livingston and Sarath Kumar . Only he can outshine himself when it comes to incredible stunts he performs in tamil movies.Although he is a man of much controversy, vijayakanth never fails to entertain his fan bases .Inspite of not much media coverage , he still holds some of the largest fan bases equivalent to all "so called " top stars of kollywood .
He has a very large fan base mainly in B and C centres.The films like "Chatriyan" and "Ramana" were also acclaimed by A centres. His Action Films dubbed into Telugu often do good business. Vijaykanth has a peculiar style of fighting especially with his leg kicks which is very popular among fans. vijaykanth is the only leading actor from Tamil Film Industry who has done only Tamil Films in his entire filmography of 150 Films. Moreover he has the habit of giving chance to new directors. After a string of flops, Arasangam , Vijayakanth's 150th film was a super hit. Vijayakanth is also acting in a film called Engal Aasan now.
Vijayakanth has been honoured with several allocades and awards from associations, such as Filmfare, Cinema Express, Cinema Studio, Malai Malar, Peasum Padam, Dinakaran, Makkal Kural, and the Mathi Arts Academy. In 2001, he was given the title and award of Kalaimamani from the Government of Tamil Nadu. The same year, he was also awarded with the Best Indian Citizen Award from the Indian Government.