Born as Ravi Kapoor, Jeetendra was first noticed in the 1967-released Farz. Tee-shirts and white shoes became his trademark and his frenzied dance movements earned him the title "Jumping Jack". Jeetendra's career peaked in the 1980s when he starred in a string of big budget Hindi films by South Indian production houses, mostly paired with Sridevi or Jaya Prada.
He is married to Shobha Kapoor. Jeetendra's son Tusshar Kapoor is an actor and his daughter Ekta Kapoor runs Balaji Telefilms, which produces a number of TV soaps for Indian cable.