Prathapachandran was a Malayalam film actor who left a vivid impression through his dramatic portrayal of villainous and character roles in over 300 movies. He was born in 1941 at Omallur in Pathanamthitta District, Kerala, India. He died on December 16, 2004.He was 63.
Prathapachandran could only do school education till 9th standard. During his school days, he has won a lot of prizes for fancy dress and other competitions. He later moved to Kollam and then to Madras when he was 14 with the hope of acting in movies. Initially he did not get any roles. He lived in Madras for three years during which he acted in radio plays and plays which the Malayalee association in Madras used to conduct.
His first movie was Viyarppinte Vila in 1962, in which he acted as a man in his 70s. After that he did some insignificant roles in a few other movies and returned to Kollam in disappointment and started acting in stage for the troupe Kalidasa Kalkendara.
He returned to movies a while later. His comeback movie was Adi Sankaracharyar. After that he became active in movies and acted in over 400 movies in his career that spanned four decades.
His characters in films like Oru CBI Diary Kurippu, Manu Uncle, Kottayam Kunjachan, etc. were widely appreciated. Prathapachandran has also produced a few Malayalam movies. Manavadharmam, Prakadanam, Kodathi, Ivide Ingane, and Kattuthee are among them.