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Dharam Singh Deol (born 8 December 1935), known mononymously as Dharmendra, is an Indian actor, producer and politician who is primarily known for his work in Hindi films, as well as in a few Punjabi films. Known as the first "He-Man" of Bollywood, Dharmendra has worked in over 300 films in a career spanning over six decades,[1][2] He is one of the most successful actors in the history of Hindi cinema.[3][4][5] In 1997, he received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Hindi cinema. He was a member of the 15th Lok Sabha of India, representing Bikaner constituency in Rajasthan from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In 2012, he was awarded India's third-highest civilian honour Padma Bhushan by the Government of India.[6]

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Dharmendra in 2012
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
13 May 2004  16 May 2009
Preceded byRameshwar Lal Dudi
Succeeded byArjun Ram Meghwal
Personal details
Dharam Singh Deol

(1935-12-08) 8 December 1935 (age 87)
Sahnewal, Punjab, British India
(present-day Punjab, India)
NationalityBritish Indian (1935–1947)
Indian (1947–present)
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
  • Parkash Kaur
    (m. 1954)
  • (m. 1980)
Children6; (including Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol and Esha Deol)
RelativesSee Deol family
Alma materRamgarhia College, Phagwara
Panjab University, Chandigarh
  • Actor
  • film producer
  • politician
  • film presenter
AwardsPadma Bhushan (2012)