On the occasion of his 69th birthday, we bring you 10 interesting facts about his life and career.

1. Kabir  Bedi married four times. His fourth wife, Parveen Dusanj is British. She is four years younger to his daughter Pooja Bedi. Kabir and Parveen, who have an age gap of 29 years, have been together for almost 10 years now.

2. Kabir is one of the most respected personalities in Italy. Kabir Bedi was officially honoured by decree of the President of the Italian Republic on June 2, 2010. He received the highest ranking civilian honour of the Italian Republic and was bestowed with the title of 'Cavaliere' (Knight) of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

3. In the James Bond film 'Octopussy' (1983), he played the villain's aide, Gobinda who battled Roger Moore. He is the only Bollywood actor to appear in a James Bond movie till date.

4. Since 1982, Kabir has been a voting member of the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a jury responsible for deciding the Oscar awards. He is also a voting member of the Screen Actors Guild.



5. He has always been grateful to Raj Khosla, who directed him in 'Kuchhe Dhaage' (1973) as his look of a dacoit with beard in this film is what got him the role of an Asian pirate in 'Sandokan'. It was an Italian TV mini-series which broke viewership records across Europe and made Kabir a known face globally.

6. He also starred in the popular American television soap opera 'The Bold and The Beautiful' as Prince Omar Rashid for over a year.

7. In 2007, he starred in 'Ch@t', an Italian radio show where he reprised the role of 'Sandokan'. He also dubbed for Sir Ben Kingsley's character 'Nizam' in the Hindi version of the Jake Gyllenhaal-starrer 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time'.

8. Kabir Bedi tried penning his autobiography several times but gave up as he didn't feel he has lived the way other people have and he didn't want to influence anyone with his story.

9. Kabir's mother, Freda Bedi, was a British woman born in Derby, England. She rose to fame as the first Western woman to become a Buddhist nun.

10. Hindi film producer Johnny Bakshi has been Kabir's friend ever since he first came to Mumbai and the two have collaborated for films like 'Manzilen Aur Bhi Hain' (1974) and 'Vishwasghaat' (1976).

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