Raju Daniel (27 June 1950 – 17 September 2018), better known by his stage name Captain Raju, was an Indian army officer and actor. He acted in more than 600 films in various languages, including Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and English. He was best known for his performances in character roles, and as a villain. He also appeared in television serials and advertisements.
He is also known as Raju Daniel.
A healthy, strong man during his youth, Raju's health was severely affected by a car accident, which occurred in 2003 near Thrissur. He was seriously injured, and was hospitalised for a long period. Though he survived, he lost the vision in his left eye, and also had problems with walking. Still he was active in films and public.
During his last days, Raju suffered from various ailments like diabetes and hypertension. He had a heart attack in 2015, for which he had treatment. He suffered a massive stroke during a plane journey to New York and was admitted to a hospital in Muscat. He was brought back to Kochi for further treatment, and later left to his home. He died aged 68 on 17 September 2018 at his residence in Palarivattom, Kochi. He was given full state honours.