Salman Khan was born as Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan on 27 December 1965 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Khan is the eldest son of screenwriter Salim Khan and his first wife Sushila Charak. His paternal ancestors were Pashtuns from present-day Afghanistan who immigrated to Indore, Madhya Pradesh in the mid-1800s. His grandfather Abdul Rashid Khan was a Deputy Inspector General of the Indore state who was awarded Diler Jung award of the Holkar times. Khan's mother is a Maharashtrian, whose father Baldev Singh Charak comes from Jammu-Kashmir and whose mother comes from Maharashtra. Khan's stepmother is Helen, a former actress. He has two brothers, Arbaaz Khan and Sohail Khan; and two sisters, Alvira Khan Agnihotri, who is married to actor/director Atul Agnihotri, and an adopted sister Arpita. Salman finished his schooling at St. Stanislaus High School in Bandra, Mumbai, as did his younger brothers Arbaaz and Sohail. Previously, he studied at The Scindia School, Gwalior for a few years along with his younger brother Arbaaz. He attended St. Xavier's College in Mumbai but dropped out.
Khan made his acting debut with a supporting role in the 1988 film Biwi Ho To Aisi in which his voice was dubbed by someone else. His first leading role in a Bollywood movie was in Sooraj R. Barjatya's romantic family drama Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), one of India's highest-grossing films. It earned him his first nomination for the Best Actor at Filmfare, but the much expected Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut was awarded to Sooraj Barjatya. Maine Pyar Kiya was later dubbed in English as When Love Calls, a 125-minute version, which was the biggest hit in the Caribbean market at Guyana and also dominated the box office collections in Trinidad and Tobago. Maine Pyar Kiya had also been dubbed in Spanish as Te Amo, the first experiment of its kind. This 125-minute film also proved its universal appeal with a glorious 10-week premiere run at Lima, capital of Peru. In Telugu as Prema Paavuraalu, it crossed 25 weeks at Visakhapatnam and had a 100-plus day run at six centers in Andhra Pradesh. It was also dubbed in Tamil as Kaadhal Oru Kavithai and in Malayalam as Ina Praavukal.
In 1990 he appeared in Baaghi: A Rebel for Love, a box office success. followed by three moderately successful films in 1991, Patthar Ke Phool, Sanam Bewafa, and Kurbaan. In the same year, Khan co-starred with Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit in the Romance drama film Saajan. The movie was a critical and financial success. In 1994, Khan appeared in Rajkumar Santoshi's Andaz Apna Apna, co-starring Aamir Khan. At the time of its release, the film failed at the box office but has gained a cult status over the years. He returned to success later in the year with his second collaboration with director Sooraj Barjatya in the romance Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! co-starring Madhuri Dixit. During the 1995 awards season, the film won 3 Filmfare Awards for Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress. It also won the National Award for being the most popular film of the year. In 1995 he starred in Rakesh Roshan's Karan Arjun alongside Shah Rukh Khan, Karan Arjun is an upbeat Bollywood musical, with religious overtones and action. The film was the second biggest hit of the year, and his role of Karan once again put his name among the nominees for the Best Actor award for Filmfare Awards.
In 1996, Khan performed in two movies, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's directional debut Khamoshi: The Musical, a box office failure, but critically acclaimed. and Raj Kanwar's action hit Jeet. He had two releases in 1997: Judwaa and Auzaar. The former was a comedy directed by David Dhawan where he played a dual role of twins separated at birth and was a commercial success, while the latter, an action thriller was "below average". In 1998, his first release being the romantic comedy film Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya opposite Kajol, one of the biggest commercial successes of that year. This was followed by the moderately successful drama Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai. He rounded off the year with an extended cameo in Karan Johar's directorial debut, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, for which he earned a second Filmfare Award under the Best Supporting Actor category. In 1999, Khan starred in three films: Hum Saath-Saath Hain, and Biwi No.1, and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam alongside Aishwarya Rai and Ajay Devgan, which earned him another Best Actor nomination at the Filmfare awards. The film was a critical and commercial success along with its music.
In 2000, Khan acted in films including Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega and Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam. (2002) Tere Naam(2003), Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), No Entry (2005), Jaan-E-Mann(2006), Baabul(2006), Salaam E Ishq(2007), Partner(2007). He next appeared in the Hollywood movie, Marigold: An Adventure in India which told the love story of an Indian man and an American woman. 2009 marked a significant turning point in Khan's career. Firstly, Wanted, directed by choreographer turned director Prabhu Deva, became a box office success and earned superhit status. In the same year, he appeared in two other films, Main Aurr Mrs. Khanna and London Dreams. London Dreams did average business due to the uninspiring music, but Main Aurr Mrs. Khanna was a commercial failure. Khan's first release of 2010 was Anil Sharma's commercially and critically unsuccessful film Veer. His next release, Dabangg was released on Eid, 10 September 2010. Khan played the role of a fearless cop with comic effect in the film. It opened to generally positive reviews and broke several box office records upon release. The film set another box office record, grossing 808.7 million in its first week, thus becoming the highest opening week grossing Bollywood film. Dabangg went on to win several awards, including the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.
Khan's first release of 2011 was Ready. Upon release, Ready became the second highest opening day grosser, as well as the second highest weekend grossing Bollywood film at that time, after Dabangg. He next appeared in Bodyguard, a remake of the 2010 Malayalam film of the same name. Khan's first release of 2012 was Ek Tha Tiger where he starred opposite Katrina Kaif and acted as an Indian Spy. Khan's second release of 2012 is Dabangg 2, which is the sequel of Dabangg. After a one-year gap, Khan's first release of 2014 was Jai Ho which he starred in opposite Daisy Shah. Khan's first film of 2015, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, while his second film, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, Sultan(2016), Tubelight(2017), Tiger Zinda Hai(2017), Race 3(2018)
He will be starring in the upcoming Bollywood film Kick 2 and Bharat.