Salim Khan (born 24 November 1935) is an Indian actor and screenwriter. In Hindi cinema, Khan is best known for being one half of the prolific screenwriting duo of Salim-Javed. He is the father of Bollywood actors Salman Khan, Sohail Khan and Arbaaz Khan. His second wife is actress Helen.
Khan debuted after director K. Amarnath saw him at a wedding and was impressed by his good looks. He asked him to come to Mumbai, where he hired him as an actor for Rs. 400 a month. Khan acted in various movies, in small parts, for seven years. He was unable to capture the public's interest, and, as a result, his career had stalled. Khan appeared in such films as Teesri Manzil (1966), Sarhaadi Lootera (1966) and Diwaana (1967), in small supporting roles in total 14 films till 1970 and in 2 more in Wafadar(1977) and Vishwathma(1992). But he did not achieve success till 1971.
Salim Khan after the split was not much active in films from 1996. He wrote scripts for 10 films only from 1983 to 1996, after his split with Javed Akhthar, like Naam, Kabzaa, Toofan, Jurm, Akayla, Patthar Ke Phool, Mast Kalandar, Aa Gale Lag Jaa, Majhdhaar, Dil Tera Diwana(1996). Of these scripts, Toofan, Akayla, Majhdaar, Aa Gale Lag Jaa and Dil Tera Deewana failed at the box office. Salman Khan collaborated with his father in Patthar Ke Phool and Majhdaar. He also lent his hand in scripting Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya and Auzaar.