'Most typecast' actor Jagdish Raj dies

Actor held the World Record for playing a policeman 144 times.

Bollywood actor Jagdish Raj, who played a police detective in 144 films, has died at the age of 85.

The star held the dubious honour of the Guinness World Record for being 'the most typecast actor in the movies', over a career spanning 21 years.

Raj died yesterday, his son-in-law told the Times of India, after suffering a respiratory arrest.

According to Rakesh Malhorta, he had been 'in and out of hospital for the past two years and had respiratory problems'.

He was born in 1928 in the town of Sargodha, British India, which is now Pakistan.Among his many credits are films including 'Mazdoor', 'Imaan Dharam', 'Gopichand Jasoos', 'Silsila', 'Aaina' and 'Besharam'.

As well as his many appearances as a policeman, he also played a judge on two occasions and in 'Salma' in 1985, a doctor.

Reliable... Jagdish Raj dies at 85 (Copyright: Yash Raj Films)

He retired from acting in 1992.

He is survived by his daughters Roopa Malhotra and Anita Raj, who is also a prolific Bollywood actress.