Bengaluru: Veteran Kannada actor and theatre artist Master Hirannaiah on Thursday (May 2) breathed his last at a private hospital in Bengaluru after suffering from age-related illness. He was 85. He is survived by his wife and five children.

Hirannaiah (Narasimha Murthy) was born on February 15, 1934, in Mysuru and his father K Hirannaiah was considered to be a pioneer in theatre. Hirannaiah had acted in more than 30 Kannada films which include Care of Footpath, No 73 Shanthi Nivasa, Yaksha and many others.

He also won several awards such as Karnataka State Award, Rajyotsava Prashasti, Gubbi Veeranna Award, Drama Academy Award and 18th Anakru Nirman Swarna Award for his works.

After the death of Master Hirannaiah's father, he took over the management of the K Hirannaiah Mitra Mandali, and later became an actor, director and administrator of the theatre company.