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.