Johnny Walker

  • Actor, Director

Nov 11, 1926  in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India

Also Known as: Badruddin Jamaluddin Kazi

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Badruddin Jamaluddin Kazi, popularly known as Johnny Walker, was an Indian film actor who appeared in over 200 movies. At a young age, Kazi moved to Mumbai along with his family in search of work. He got the job of bus conductor in BEST, who managed the city`s transport and electricity services. A sole breadwinner of the family, Kazi always dreamed to be a part of the Cineworld and used to idolise comic actor Noor Mohammad Charlie.

It was Balraj Sahni who spotted him and offered a role in Baazi (1951). Overwhelmed by Kazi`s drunkard role, Guru Dutt gave him the name Johnny Walker, which was inspired by the Scotch Whiskey brand. He later appeared in several blockbuster movies like Pyaasa (1957), CID (1956), Chori Chori (1956) and Naya Daur (1957). For the movie Madhumati (1958), he won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award and Filmfare Best Comedian Award for Shikar (1968).

Johnny Walker`s last appearance came in the 1997 film Chachi 420. Often hailed for playing drunk characters in movies, Johnny Walker was a teetotaler in real life.