Akkineni Nagarjuna Rao was born on 29 August 1959 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India to actor Nageswara Rao Akkineni and Annapurna Akkineni. The family later moved to Hyderabad where he attended the Hyderabad Public School and studied at Little Flower Junior College and B.E. from the College of Engineering, Guindy, Chennai.
He completed B.S. in Automobile Engineering from Eastern Michigan University.He is the spouse of actress Amala Akkineni, the father of actors Naga Chaitanya Akkineni and Akhil Akkineni.
Akkineni Nagarjuna Rao is an Indian film actor and producer who works primarily in the Telugu Cinema. He has acted in over 90 films as an actor in a lead role, including Bollywood and Tamil films.
He owns the Production company, Annapurna Studios and is the president of the non-profit film school Annapurna International School of Film and Media based in Hyderabad.