G Keshav Pillai, popularly known as GK Pillai, a veteran Malayalam actor, is considered to be one of the oldest actors in the industry and has passed away at the age of 97.
He was a regular presence in film and television serials for the last 65 years and passed away at his home here due to age-related illnesses.
Known for his deep voice, strong body and unique accent, Pillai has acted in over 320 films and a handful of soap operas.
He was born in 1924 in Chirayin district and joined the army at the age of 16.
After completing 12 years of military service, he returned to his home state and lost his desire for acting.
His acquaintance with the evergreen actor Prem Nazir paved the way for him to enter Tinsel Town, and Snehaseema, released in 1954, was his first film tour.
Although he established himself as an actor through his villainous roles, he later appeared in a handful of romantic roles in films and serials.
His most popular films were Snapaka Yoyanan, Candidate Saramma, Ashwamedham, Aromal Unni, Choola, Harichandran, Karyasthan and many more.
He was a busy actor until the 1980s, when he took a quick break from acting and later returned to acting in 2005 with TV serials.
Saffron and Kadamattam Kathanar are some of his popular serials.
He has six children, and his wife died years ago.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan expressed his condolences on the death of Pillai, saying that Pillai was an actor who won the hearts of generations through his unique acting style.