| Sukumaran Nair|
| 10 June 1948Edappal, Malappuram,India|
June 16, 1997, Thiruvananthapuram
Mallika Sukumaran (m. 1979–1997)
Prithviraj Sukumaran, Indrajith Sukumaran
Kazhukan, Kolilakkam, Utharam, Arayannam, Crime Branch
M G Soman, Mallika Sukumaran, I V Sasi, A T Ummer, Indrajith Sukumaran
Edappal Ponnamkuzhi Veettil Sukumaran Nair (10 June 1948 – 16 June 1997), popularly known as Sukumaran, was an Indian film actor and producer.
Sukumaran became a popular film star in Malayalam cinema during the 1970s. He was considered as one of the superstar trio of Malayalam cinema during the late 1970s and early 1980s along with M. G. Soman and Jayan. Later, he became known for his character roles and antagonistic roles during the 1980s and 1990s. In 1978, he won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in M. T. Vasudevan Nair's Bandhanam. As a producer, he produced such films as Irakal and Padayani.
In June 1997, Sukumaran suffered a massive heart attack and died. He was 49.
Sukumaran was born in Edappal, Malappuram, India, as the eldest son of Parameshwaran Nair and Subhadramma. He had a brother and two sisters. He had his primary education from St. Thomas Higher Secondary School, Pala. After completing his master's degree in English Literature from University College, Thiruvananthapuram with gold medal, he began a job as a college lecturer for three years at Government College, Kasaragod and Scott Christian College, Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu.
During his tenure teaching English at Scott Christian College in Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu. Sukumaran then got an offer to act in the Malayalam movie Nirmalyam, directed by M. T. Vasudevan Nair. He accepted the role of a defiant youngster in the film. The film went on to win accolades from all over and won a couple of National Film Awards as well. Despite being noted as a talented actor, Sukumaran did not receive any offers for some time after. He was thinking of returning to the teaching profession, when he was offered a role in Shankupushpam. With that film, Sukumaran carved a niche for himself in the Malayalam film industry. He worked with director P. Venu in the film Thacholi Thankappan (1983). He then went on to act in substantial roles in films like Avalude Ravukal, Angadi, Bandhanam, Etho Oru Swapnam, Manasa Vacha Karmana, Ahimsha, Spodanam, Shalini Ente Koottukari, Angakkuri, Kolilakkam, Theekkadal, Sandarbam, Witness, and Kottayam Kunjachanan. His role as a defiant police officer in Oru CBI Diary Kurippu and its sequel Jagratha, directed by K. Madhu, was noted for its characterisation and earned cult status when the third sequel in the series, Sethurama Iyer CBI, had Saikumar portraying the son of the police officer, with the mannerisms and voice tone of Sukumaran.Sukumaran won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor in 1978 for his role in Bandhanam. Sukumaran had his own production company, called Indraraj Creations. One of his productions, Irakal, directed by K. G. George, was selected for the Indian Panorama in the International Film Festival of India (IFFI). His last film was Shibiram, directed by T. S. Suresh Babu. Sukumaran died suddenly due to a massive heart attack on 16 June 1997.
Sukumaran married actress Mallika Sukumaran on 17 October 1978. They have two sons, both Malayalam film stars in their own right: Indrajith Sukumaran and Prithviraj Sukumaran. Actress Poornima Mohan is his (posthumous) daughter-in-law.Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor – 1978 – Bandhanam (directed by M. T. Vasudevan Nair)