Padma Shri awarded actor Tom Alter dies of cancer at 67

Veteran actor Tom Alter passes away at 67

Veteran actor Tom Alter passes away at 67

Alter was an American-born Indian actor and was a native of Mussoorie, Uttarakhand. Alter was an American-origin actor settled in India. And he passed away last night, leaving the world a darker place.

It was 1989, the time when the selectors were considering the 15-year-old Tendulkar ahead of India's tour to West Indies, Alter got Sachin Tendulkar's first video interview while he was practicing at the nets. His son Jamie revealed earlier this month that Mr Alter had been diagnosed with stage four of a skin cancer - called a squamous cell carcinoma - that he had been treated for previous year and which had relapsed. Tom Alter eventually studied at Pune's Film and Television Institute of India, graduating in 1974.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed grief on the demise of Tom Alter.

He extended condolences to the family and admirers of the actor, the official handle of the PMO tweeted.

Tom Alter, wo received the Padma Shri in 2008, authored several books and also wrote columns on cricket for several publications. "I still dream of being Rajesh Khanna".

The actor was popular for films like "Shatranj Ke Khiladi", "Junoon", "Aashiqui", "Parinda", "Sardar Patel" and "Gandhi", TV shows like "Bharat Ek Khoj", "Shaktimaan" and plays such as "In Ghalib In Delhi".

Though Alter was one of the finest actors of his era, he was stereotyped in Bollywood as the perennial British man. He also acted in Bengali, Assamese, Gujarati, Telegu, Tamil and Kumaoni films.

In the 80s and 90s, Alter also tried his hand in direction and sports journalist.

We at Bollywood Hungama send out our heartfelt condolences to Alter's family, his wife Carol, son Jamie and daughter Afshaan, and his friends.

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