Sivakumar was born 27 October 1941 as Palanichamy Gounder is a Tamil film and television actor who has portrayed a wide range of character roles onscreen.
Sivakumar was introduced in the Tamil movie Kaakum karangal (1965) which was produced by AVM Productions.
Though he came as side actor to the industry, He has starred in the role of leading man and character actor in many Tamil movies such as Kandan Karunai, Thunivae Thozhan and Uyarndha Manidhan.
He has acted in nearly 200 films till date.
He has co-starred with many leading Tamil actors such as Sivaji Ganesan, M. G. Ramachandran, Gemini Ganesan, Rajinikanth, Vikram and Ajith.
He is a three time winner of Filmfare Awards and a recipient of Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.
His roles in Marupakkam and Sindhu Bhairavi showed his versatility as an actor, with the former winning the Golden Lotus Award for Best Feature Film.
In the late 1990's, he ventured into television serials, and is well known for his role as Raadhika's husband in the famous TV serial Chithi.
Sivakumar is married to Lakshmi and the couple have three children, two sons who are actors, Surya sivakumar and Karthik Sivakumar, and a daughter Brindha Sivakumar. His daughter-in-law, Jyothika, was a leading Kollywood actress.