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Pran Dead: Bollywood Actor, Who Appeared In 350 Films, Dies At 93

07/12/2013 02:00 EDT | Updated 07/12/2013 02:01 EDT
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MUMBAI, INDIA APRIL 30: (File Picture) Politician Chaggan Bhujbal, Dev Anand, Manoj Kumar and Pran at the felicitation of Dev Anand on Dadasaheb Phalke Awards Ceremony at Bhaidas Hall Vile Parle on April 30, 2010 in Mumbail, India. Veteran Bollywood actor Pran, who made a mark for himself portraying strong negative and supporting roles, passed away at the age of 93 on Friday evening after prolonged illness. Born on February 12, 1920, Pran has been known for remarkable roles in Bollywood hits like Zanjeer, Don, Amar Akbar Anthony, Upkaar, Parichay and Sharaabi among hundreds others. (Photo by Puneet Chandhok/Hindustan Times via Getty Images )

NEW DELHI -- A doctor says Bollywood's veteran actor Pran has died of pneumonia his doctor said. He was 93.

Pran acted in more than 350 Hindi movies in a career spanning over six decades and played a vast range of roles _ a hero, villain and character actor.

Sanjeev Mehta, his doctor, said Pran Krishan Sikand, popularly known as Pran, was hospitalized more than two weeks ago in a Mumbai hospital and died Friday.

He was presented the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the Indian government's highest honour for cinema, in May at his Mumbai home.

Pran was best known for his roles as a villain from 1942 to 1991 in movies such as "Zanjeer'' (Shackles), "Bari Behen'' (Elder Sister), Azaad (A Free Man) and "Johnny Mera Naam'' (Johnny Is My Name).

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