His character died on-screen in successful films like Deewar and Sholay. His character in Coolie was also supposed to die, but following the on-set accident that nearly claimed the superstar's life, director Manmohan Desai decided to alter the climax and Big B's character was kept alive.
Amitabh has also been a narrator for prominent films. In fact, he made his film debut in 1969 as a voice narrator in Mrinal Sen's National Award winning Bhuvan Shome.
The legendary actor has made a special appearance as himself in a number of films like Guddi, Gol Maal and Hero Hiralal.
Apart from acting, Amitabh Bachchan hasn't shied away from singing as well. He sang Ekla Chalo Re for the Vidya Balan starrer Kahaani and Bol Bachchan from the film of the same name. His Mere Angane Mein song from Lawaaris remains among his most popular ones.
The 1994 film Insaaniyat was his last release before he took a brief sabbatical from acting. The film was scheduled to release in 1991, but was delayed due to several factors, which included the death of co-stars Nutan and Vinod Mehra.
Like in films, Big B was also a trendsetter on the small screen. At the time when movie stars shied away from appearing on television, Amitabh Bachchan took up the challenge of hosting Kaun Banega Crorepati. Television viewing was never the same again.
The Amitabh-Jaya Bachchan starrer Abhimaan released only a month after their marriage, in 1973.
Amitabh Bachchan's screen name has been Vijay in more than 20 films.
In a career spanning over four decades, Big B has played double roles in 14 films.
Amitabh featured in the 2010 Malayalam film Kandahar, alongside superstar Mohanlal.
As Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan turns 76, here are 10 interesting facts about the original 'angry young man' of Indian cinema
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