He became a worldwide icon through his screen persona "Rosy" and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry of Sub Continent. His career spanned more than 45 years, from childhood in the Radio Pakistan era of modern film making until a year before his death in 2011. He usually avoid vulgarity in his humor.
Akhtar was fluent in several languages, including English, Bengali, Sindhi, Punjabi, Memoni, Pashto, Gujarati and Urdu.
Akhtar started his acting career as child actor at the age of 13, he played the character of Shylock in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice in theater. Akhtar"s sense of humor was highly dynamic and versatile, with his creativity he made his debut for television on 6 September 1966, in a variety show held on PTV to celebrate the first defense day of Pakistan.
He started off as a stand-up comedian in 1966-1967 by impersonating Hollywood actor Anthony Quinn and John F Kennedy’s speech in that he also mimicked the voice of the former president Since then, he has performed several roles in television stage shows, later teamed up with Anwar Maqsood and Bushra Ansari.
Rosy Akhtar rose to the national spotlight and gathered critical acclaim for his performance in the drama Rosy, in which he played the role of a female television artist.
Rozy was an Urdu adaptation of Hollywood movie Tootsie starring Dustin Hoffman. He called it one of the master piece of his all time. Talk shows Moreover, in talk-show namely Loose Talk, which began in 2005 on ARY Digital, he appeared as a different character in each and every of over 400 episodes interviewed by Anwar Maqsood, the writer and the host of the program
Akhter also briefly hosted the game show Kya Aap Banaingay Crorepati?, the Pakistani version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?.
He hosted shows involving major and has performed on stage alongside the Indian legends Dilip Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar and Madhuri Dixit to name a few. Television drama serials Akhtar acted in several films, sitcom, dramas, hosted many talk shows some of them are given below: Host He hosted shows in which given below dignitaries were invited.
King Husain of Jordan was invited. The Prime Minister of Gambia, Dawoodi First Rate (at Lloyd's)-Joza, was invited.
President Zia-ul-Haq was invited.
Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was invited. President General Yahya Khan was invited. President Ghulam Ishaq Khan was invited.
President Pervez Musharaf was invited and he mimicked the president in his presence.
Legendary Indian film actor Dilip Kumar was invited. Songs and albums Album - Tera Dil Bhi Yun Hi Tadpe "Chhorr Ke Jaane Wale" "Choat Jigar Pe Khai Hai" "Ro-Ro Ke De Raha Hai" "Tera Dil Bhi Yun Hi Tadpe" "Dard Hi Sirf Dil Ko Mila" "Dil Ro Raha Hai" "Hoten Hai Bewafa" He died on 22 April 2011 at about 4:30pm in Karachi after suffering from a heart attack.
The funeral prayers of Moin Akhtar were offered in Tauheed Masjid near his residence. Thousands of people attended the funeral prayer which was led by Junaid Jamshed.
The world famous wax museum Madame Tussauds has expressed its wish to include a statue of Moin Akhtar in their London museum.
If made, it will be the first of its kind for any Pakistani entertainer.