Sivakumar (born 27 October 1941 as Palaniswamy Gounder is an Indian film actor visual artist who has portrayed a wide range of leading and supporting roles onscreen in Tamil cinema. Sivakumar came into the industry in 1965 as a supporting actor. In the late 1960s as a lead hero, he starred in a few notable Tamil movies such as Kandan Karunai, Thunivae Thozhan and Uyarndha Manidhan.

Between 1965 and 1974 he was predominantly playing supporting roles, in films with M.G. Ramachandran (2 films), Gemini Ganesan (7 films), Shivaji Ganesan (14 films) and R. Muthuraman (11 films) in the main lead roles. From 1973 to the early 1990s, Sivakumar was a leading actor in Kollywood, acting in successful movies such as Annakili, Rosaappo Ravikkai Kaari, Vandichakkaram and Sindhu Bhairavi.

He has acted in nearly 200 films till date. He has co-starred with many leading Tamil actors of three generations, including Sivaji Ganesan, M. G. Ramachandran, Gemini Ganesan, S.S. Rajendran, R. Muthuraman, A.V.M. Rajan, Jaishankar, Ravichandran, Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Vijayakanth, Sathyaraj, Sarath Kumar, Prabhu Ganesan, Karthik Muthuraman, Mohan, Arjun Sarja, Ajith, Vijay, Vikram and Surya Sivakumar. He is a two-time winner of Filmfare Awards for his performances in Rosaappo Ravikkai Kaari and Vandichakkaram.

Sivakumar is married to Lakshmi Kumari and the couple has three children; two sons who are actors, Surya Sivakumar and Karthik Sivakumar and a daughter Brindha. He is a devout Saiva-Saktha Hindu and a devotee of Lord Sri Murugan. Sivakumar's elder daughter-in-law Jyothika is a leading Kollywood actress. His art works include several portraits of noted celebrities. He is also ambidextrous.

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