Sanjeev Kumar (Gujarati name: Haribhai Jariwala – 9 July 1938 – 6 November 1985) was a noted Indian film actor. He won several major awards including two National Film Awards for Best Actor for his performances in the movies, Dastak (1971) and Koshish (1973). He acted in various genres ranging from romantic drama to thrillers. Much unlike his peers, Sanjeev Kumar did not mind playing roles that were non glamorous, such as characters way beyond his age. Movies like Sholay and Trishul exemplify his talents. He is well remembered for his versatility and genuine portrayal of his characters.
Sanjeev Kumar was born with a congenital heart condition, and many members of his family hadn’t lived past 50. After his first heart-attack, he even underwent a bypass in the US. However, on November 6, 1985., at the age of 47, he suffered a massive heart attack, which resulted in his death. His younger brother Nakul died before him, while his other brother Kishore two years later. Ironically for an actor who had played many elderly roles, he died at less than 50 years of age.
(Source : Wikipedia)