Marathi actor Vinay Apte is known for his roles in Marathi and Hindi films such as Jogwa (2009), Satyagraha (2013), Aarakshan (2011), Chandni Bar (2001), Ek Chalis Ki Last Local (2007), It's Breaking News (2007), and Rajneeti (2010). He also acted in teleserials like Madhubala-Ek Ishq Ek Junoon, Adalat, Lajja, Eka Lagnachi Dusri Goshta and Durva.
He was born on 17 June, 1951. Beginning his career in 1974 acting in Marathi theatre, he moved on to directing plays. His first play was Mitrachi Goshta written by well-known playwright Vijay Tendulkar. The play Me Nathuram Godse Boltoy, directed by Apte, faced allegations of falsifying facts and glorifying Nathuram Godse. He had also directed the Marathi play Katha Arunachi (2002), which sensitively explored the tragic story of the KEM Hospital nurse Aruna Shanbag who had spent nearly 42 years in a vegetative state as a result of sexual assault.
Among his earliest films were Aakrosh (1980), Kalyug (1981), Gandhi (1982), Bombay War(1990), In India Today (1991) and Nishpaap (1992). Other films he featured in include Saathiya (2002) and Kyon? (2003) both which saw him essay a police inspector, Khabardaar (2005), Aai Shappath..! (2006), Corporate (2006) in which he played State Finance Minister Gulabrao Ingle, Brinda (2007), Dhamaal (2007), Checkmate (2008), Pranali: The Tradition (2008), Dashavatar (2008), C Kkompany (2008), Agnihotra (2009), Target (2010), Veer (2010), City of Gold - Mumbai 1982: Ek Ankahee Kahani (2010), Lalbaug Parel (2010), Ranbhool (2010), Paradh (2010), Prataprao Mohaan Aawatey (2011), Taryanche Bait (2011), Arjun (2011), Badam Rani Gulam Chor (2012) in which he played a politician, Chakravyuh (2012), Dham Dhoom (2003), Gulabi (2014), Aawahan (2015), and Gour Hari Dastaan (2015) in which he played MLA Olwe.
Apart from acting, Apte was also associated with a production house.
Vinay Apte passed away on 7 December, 2013.