He has started his filmy career in 1961 from the movie Sri Valli as a child Actor. He became popular in seventies. He has started playing lead role from the movie Aval Oru Thodakathai then he worked in Azhage Unnai Arathikkiren and Mothura Geetham etc. He has performed great in Tamil cinema along with Telugu, Malyalam and Hindi movies. He has also worked in TV serials like Thangam, Vamsan and recently running Talambralu. He is BJP politician currently. Popular films of Vijayakumar are Agni Natchathiram, Kizakku Cheemayile, Bharathiraaja, Anthimanthaarai etc. He has worked in more than 400 films in Tamil and Telugu Cinema. He has performed roles of villain, friend, father and brother in various movies. His upcoming movies are Kuttram 23, Yamudu 3 and Raju Maharaja Etc.
His first wife is Muthulakshmi. They have a son and three daughters. His second wife is Manjula. She was an Actress earlier. They have three daughters. His son Arun Vijay is an Actor and daughters Pritha, Vanitha and Sreedevi have also worked in a couple of movies.