Birth: xx-xx-1922, Kanpur, India
Iftekhar or Iftekhar Khan was a character actor in Bollywood films, especially known for his roles as police officers in several films. He debuted in 1937, with "Qazzak Ki Ladki" and went on to act in over 200 films, in a career that spanned from the 1950s through to the early 1990s. One of his most memorable roles was as Amitabh Bachchan's corrupt industrialist mentor in Yash Chopra's classic "Deewaar" [1975] as also as the police inspector in Parkash Mehra's "Zanjeer". He is known for his performances in numerous films including Bimal Roy's `Bandini`, Raj Kapoor's `Sangam`, Manoj Kumar's `Shaheed`, `Teesri Manzil`, `Teesri Kasam`, `Johnny Mera Naam`, `Hare Rama Hare Krishna`, `Don`, `The Gambler` and `Sholay`. Apart from Hindi films he appeared in two episodes of the American TV series `Maya` in 1967 as well the English language films `Bombay Talkie` (1970) and `City of Joy` (1992). His Sister Veena was also an actress.