Vijayan was an Indian actor, primarily concentrated in Malayalam and Tamil films. He was a saleable hero of late 1970s. Later he was a much sought after character actor. Post 2000, most the films he appeared crossed 100 days. He died following a cardiac arrest at a private hospital in Chennai at the age of 63 on 22 September 2007. He was not only one of the more popular actors in Tamil cinema of his time, but also a scenarist and had also edited a magazine.
Vijayan is survived by his daughter.