10 May 1944
5 Jan 2006
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Vajramuni (Kannada: ವಜ್ರಮುನಿ; 10 May 1944 – 5 January 2006) was an Indian actor who appeared in Kannada films.He portrayed negative characters during most of his career and was considered one of Kannada cinema’s finest actors.

Vajramuni was a college dropout and held a degree in cinematography. He was a product of the Kannada amateur theatre. He impressed Puttanna Kanagal with his performance in Kanagal Prabhakar Shastri’s play Prachanda Ravana who offered Vajramuni a role in the film Saavira Mettilu that did not take off.

Kanagal eventually cast him in Mallammana Pavada, which would become Vajramuni’s debut film as an actor. Producers insisted that Udaya Kumar would be a better choice to match to Shivaji Ganeshan who played the role in the Tamil version, but Puttanna insisted that it had to be Vajramuni. Vajramuni acted in a number of films such as Mayura, Sampathige Saval, Daari Tappida Maga, Premada Kanike, Giri Kanye, Shankar Guru and Aakasmika with Rajkumar.

Having suffered from multiple diseases including chronic diabetes and protracted kidney-related illness, Vajramuni died on 5 January 2006, at 5:30 a.m in a private hospital in Bangalore.

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