Riteish Deshmukh (born 17 December 1978, in Latur, Maharashtra) is an Indian architect, film actor and producer active in Indian films. He is the son of the late politician Vilasrao Deshmukh and Vaishali Deshmukh.
Deshmukh debuted with K. Vijaya Bhaskar's Tujhe Meri Kasam (2003) opposite Genelia D'Souza, but it was not until 2004 that he achieved some success, when he appeared in the commercially successful comedy Masti and the critically acclaimed Bardaasht. His work in Masti was nominated for several awards, including the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor category. Since then, Riteish Deshmukh has starred in many commercially successful films such as Kya Kool Hai Hum, Bluffmaster!, Malamaal Weekly, Heyy Babyy, Dhamaal, De Taali, Housefull (2010 film), Double Dhamaal, Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya, Housefull 2 ,Kya Super Kool Hain Hum and the latest blockbuster Grand Masti.
Besides acting, Riteish owns the 'Veer Marathi' Celebrity Cricket League and is the team's captain. Bollywood actors Mahesh Manjrekar and Shreyas Talpade are part of the team.
In January 2013, Ritesh made his debut as an film producer with the Marathi success Balak Palak, directed by Ravi Jhadhav.