Pandiyan is a Tamil actor who has appeared in almost seventy-five movies in the 80s and 90s. He also became active in the politics. He joined the DMK party, but later changed his ideas and joined the AIADMK party in the year 2001. He was well known for his looks and most of his films were based on the rural background. Pandiyan was a bangle seller in Madurai when the ace director Bharathiraja noted him and the latter gave Pandiyan the chance of appearing in the lead role in his film. Pandiyan's debut film,
Mann Vasanai, was a blockbuster hit.
This paved way for him to receive chances for many projects. Some of his notable movies were Pudhumai Penn, Aan Paavam, Kizhakku Cheemayile, Periya Marudhu, etc. He last appeared in the film Kaivantha Kalai directed by Pandiarajan. Pandiyan got affected by jaundice, which led to liver failure and ultimately, his death. Pandiyan had a wife, Latha and a son, Raghu.