Dharmendra Singh Deol (Hindi: धर्मेंद्र सिंह देओल , Punjabi: ਧਰਮਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਦਿਉਲ, born 8 December 1935 in Punjab), better known as Dharmendra, is an award-winning Hindi film actor who has appeared in more than 247 Hindi-language films up to 2011. In 1997, he received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Hindi cinema. He is often referred to as the "Action King" of Hindi cinema having starred in numerous action films and is considered a living legend. He is father of notable actors Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol and Esha Deol. He was the main lead of the all-time blockbuster film, Sholay (1975) and also went on to star in numerous successful Bollywood films cutting across five decades. Dharmendra has thus established himself as one of the most prominent figures of the Hindi film industry.
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