K S Ashwath (Karaganahalli Subbaraya Ashwathanarayana) is an Indian actor who worked predominantly in Kannada movies. He had an astonishing film career of 5 decades and had worked in over 370 movies.
Ashwath hails from Holanarsipur district. Born on 25 May 1975, Ashwath was a very intelligent student and got the 7th rank in his Graduation examination. Since he got himself involved in the freedom movement opposing the British, Ashwath discontinued his studies. After being a food inspector, he had worked as a stenographer for over a decade. Ashwath had his first stint with acting by taking part in radio plays of All India Mysore Radio. Eventually, Ashwath went on to play significant roles in the plays of Parvathavani, A N Murthy Rao, etc.
It was K Subramanya, a film director, who was instrumental in the entry of Ashwath in the dream factory; he saw Ashwath’s acting prowess in one of the plays. Hence, Ashwath became an actor through the 1956 movie Streerathna. Since then Ashwath became a familiar face in Sandalwood, and many movies in which he acted became hits. His character role in Naagarahaavu is his best portrayal, and he is still remembered for that.
Ashwath associated with the veteran actor Rajkumar in as many as 98 movies. He played the supporting character roles in these films. Ashwath is credited with being the first Kannada actor to have made his presence in a color film. Ashwath is mostly known for the role of the father in his movies. Some of the memorable films of Ashwath include Jagajyothi Basveshwara, Kappu Bilupu, Hasyaratna Ramakrishna, Shivarathri Mahathme, Bangalore Mail,
Kasturi Nivasa, Janma Rahasya, Doorada Betta, Jedara Bale, and Shabdavedhi.
Tumkur University credited Ashwath with an honorary degree during 2008 for his significant contribution to the movie industry. The Karnataka Government also felicitated him with Rajkumar Award. Shankar Ashwath, the son of Ashwath, is also a film actor.
Ashwath got himself associated with the movie industry in the early 50s and was active in it till he breathed his last on January 18, 2010.