Vishnuvardhan got married to Kannada actress Bharati on 27 February 1975 at Kuchalamba Kalyana Mantapa in Bangalore. He has two adopted daughters, Keerthi and Chandana. Keerthi is married to Anirudh, an upcoming actor in the Kannada Film industry. Vishnuvardhan has one elder brother and four sisters. He was a great actor.
His father was an artist and script writer for movies. His family made a living in Mysore's Chamundipura. In those days, his father was well known for his collection of Musical instruments and taught dancing. In fact, one of Vishnu's sister, Ramaramachandra was a Kathak dancer, who was praised by the then King of Mysore, Late Sri Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar.