- Birthday: 22. June 1932
- Birthplace: Lahore, Punjab Province, British India
- Awards: 1968: Maharashtra State Drama Competition, 1979: Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Theatre, 1986: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award, Meri Jung, 1991: Maharashtra State Gaurav Puraskar, 1994: Sydney Film Festival, Best Actor Award – Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda, 1994: Singapore International Film Festival, Best Actor Award – Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda, 1997: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award – Ghatak, 1997: Star Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor – Ghatak, 1998: Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award- Virasat, 1998: Star Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor – Virasat
Believe it or not, Amrish Puri wanted to become a Bollywood movie hero but failed a screen test in 1954. And what a failure it was! Mr. Puri went on to become one of the most renowned and credible villains in the history of Indian cinema. His most memorable and often quoted role is the character of 'Mogambo' (with the catchphrase "Mogambo Khush Hua"). It is still remembered fondly from Mr India (1987). Shyam Benegal cast him in movies such as Night's End (1975), Bhumika: The Role (1977), and The Churning (1976). Yash Chopra cast him in Mashaal (1984), the same year that Steven Spielberg cast him in his best-known role outside of India, as Mola Ram in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). His elder brother is none other than Bollywood actor Madan Puri. Amrish Puri died in Mumbai on January 12, 2005, due to a brain hemorrhage.