An undated picture of Dharmendra with wife and frequent co-star Hema Malini. Both have starred together in several notable Bollywood films of the 1970s and 1980s most notably 'Tum Haseen Mein Jawan', 'Jugnu', 'The Burning Train' among many others
Dharmendra with Sharmila Tagore. Both have worked together in 10 Bollywood films out of which, 'Chupke Chupke', 'Satyakam', 'Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka' are some honourable mentions
A candid image of Dharmendra with Shatrughan Sinha and Dilip Kumar
Dharmendra with Vyjayanthimala. The 1969 film 'Pyar Hi Pyar' is the only time they worked together
Dharmendra with sons Sunny Deol (R), Bobby Deol and nephew Abhay Deol
An old picture of a young Dharmendra holding a photo of Dara Singh
Dharmendra and Hema Malini married in 1979. They have two daughters Esha Deol, who became a popular Bollywood actress and Ahana Deol
Dharmendra snapped in action in this still from one of his earlier films
Dharmendra's starring roles in action films earned him the nicknames 'Action King' and 'He-Man'
Dharmendra was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 2012 by the Government of India
Dharmendra has been a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India, representing Bikaner constituency in Rajasthan from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
Dharmendra received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Hindi cinema in 1997
Dharmendra made his Bollywood debut in 1960 with Arjun Hingorani's 'Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere'
Dharmendra's first action film was 'Phool Aur Patthar' in 1966 in which he was cast as solo lead
Although initally known for playing romantic and action roles, Dharmendra became known as a versatile actor for his coming timing in films like 'Tum Haseen Main Jawan', 'Do Chor', 'Chupke Chupke' among others
Yesteryear actress Meena Kumar greatly helped Dharmendra get established as one of Bollywood's A-listers in his early career
Dharmendra has worked with all members of the Kapoor family except for Prithviraj and Kareena Kapoor
Dharmendra periodically made films in his native tongue Punjabi, starring in 'Kankan De Ole' (1970), 'Do Sher' (1974), 'Dukh Bhanjan Tera Naam' (1974), 'Teri Meri Ik Jindri' (1975), 'Putt Jattan De' (1982) and 'Qurbani Jatt Di' (1990)
Dharmendra has launched sons Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol in 'Betaab' (1983) and 'Barsaat' (1995) respectively after turning producer. He even launched nephew Abhay Deol in 'Socha Na Tha' (2005)
Dharmendra turned judge on the reality TV show 'India's Got Talent' in 2011, replacing Sajid Khan
Dharmendra played dual roles in many films such as 'Yakeen' (1969), 'Samadhi' (1972), 'Ghazab' (1982) and 'Jeeo Shaan Se' (1997) in which he essayed triple roles
Dharmendra is a great fan of singer-actress Suraiya and has claimed to have seen her film 'Dillagi' (1940) 40 times. He also attended her funeral in 2004 while most actors gave it a miss
Dharmendra starred alongside sons Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol in 'Apne', 'Yamla Pagla Deewana' and 'Yamla Pagla Deewana 2'
Dharmendra's first marriage was to Parkash Kaur, who he wed at age 19 in 1954. They have sons actors Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol and two daughters Vijeeta and Ajeeta
As veteran Bollywood actor Dharmendra turns 82 today, here is a collection of some of his rare pictures celebrating his life and career...