He was born in Abeokuta, Ogun State in 1942. In 1964, he left Nigeria for England to school at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, England. After graduation, he worked with various repertoire theatres in Britain and also a member of National Theatre of Great Britain. He returned to Nigeria in the early 80?s and starred in Third Eye. His first movie, produced by AA production was Vigilante. He has featured in over 130 movies. He (Fondly called Uncle Olu) won the 2007 African Movie Academy Award (AMAA) for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
He is married to Joke Silva who is also an actress and they have two sons.