Khan was 70. He was diagnosed with cancer over a year ago. One of the leading figures of Indian movies, Khan, who was also a producer and director, had begun his movie career in with the film Didi in 1960.
Khan, who made high-budget action movies and had a special love for animals, specially horses, is survived by sons, Fardeen and Laila. He died on late Sunday night in his hometown, Bangalore.
Feroz (also spelt Firoz) was the son of a Pathan, Sadiq Khan, who hailed from Afghanistan's Ghazni province. His mother belonged to Iran. Feroz' brothers Sanjay Khan, Akbar Khan and Samir Khan are also actors. His son Fardeen Khan is also an actor.
In early 60s, he had acted in an English movie Tarzan Goes to India opposite Simi Garewal. In 1965 he starred in Oonche Log that turned out to be a hit movie. He appeared in his last movie, Welcome, in 2007.
Khan was a leading star of Indian cinema through out the 70s and 80s. Dharmatma was inspired by The Godfather. He had also acted in movies like horror classic Nagin, Jaanbaaz, Dayavaan, Yalghaar and Janasheen.
The classy filmmaker who was known for his horses as much for his style and deliverance of dialogues in Urdu, would be buried in Bangalore on Monday, said family sources.