Birth: 17-12-1978 , Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Ritesh Deshmukh is an Indian actor who appears in Bollywood films. He is the son of late Vilasrao Deshmukh, who was the Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Government of India, and was also the former Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

Riteish debuted with K. Vijaya Bhaskar's 'Tujhe Meri Kasam' (2003) but it was not until 2004 that he achieved success, when he appeared in the commercially successful comedy 'Masti' and the critically acclaimed 'Bardaasht'. His work in 'Masti' was nominated for several awards, including the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor category. He has mainly taken on comic roles and a few serious roles. He has appeared in several comedy films including 'Kyaa Kool Hai Hum', 'Malamaal Weekly' and 'Apna Sapna Money Money'. He appeared in a supporting role in 'Bluffmaster' with Abhishek Bachchan in the lead. He was also seen in Ram Gopal Verma's 'Darna Zaroori Hai'.

In 2008, he appeared in 'De Taali', in which his performance was praised, and later in 'Chamku', both of which failed at the box-office.

In 2009, his first release was 'Aladin', co-starring Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt and Jacqueline Fernandez. He then played a supporting role in Ram Gopal Varma's 'Rann', again co-starring Amitabh Bachchan, Paresh Rawal and Rajpal Yadav. His final film of 2009 was 'Do Knot Disturb' along with Govinda, Sushmita Sen, Sohail Khan and Lara Dutta. In 2010, he once again worked with Sajid Khan on the comedy 'Housefull' along with Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Lara Dutta, Arjun Rampal and Jiah Khan.

His first release of 2011 was 'F.A.L.T.U.', where he played a school principal named Bajirao. In 2012, Riteish was seen in the sequel of Hosuefull - 'Housefull 2'. He is also the producer of the Marathi film 'Balak Palak ' which has received huge appreciation.

Riteish married Bollywood actress Genelia D'souza in 2012 after dating her for 8 years.

He also owns his very own CCL team 'Veer Marathi' and is also the team's captain.