Veteran theatre, film and television actor Tom Alter has passed away. He was 67.
According to the family sources, Alter, who was battling skin cancer, passed away on Friday night at his residence in Mumbai.
The actor appeared in over 300 films which included Satyajit Ray’s acclaimed movie “Shatranj Ke Khiladi” and “Junoon”. His first Hindi film to be released was Ramanand Sagar’s ‘Charas’ in 1976.
His acting credits also include “Aashiqui”, “Parinda”, “Sardar Patel” and “Gandhi”.
In television, Alter’s work ranged from “Bharat Ek Khoj” to “Shaktimaan”. A cricket enthusiast, he also wrote for several sporting journals and was a published author.
His last film was “Sargoshiyan” with Alok Nath and Farida Jalal.
Alter’s presence in theatre has been noteworthy as well.
His play, “In Ghalib In Delhi”, was performed across the country. He played the lead role of legendary poet Mirza Ghalib.
Alter was also a sports journalist and was the first person to interview Sachin Tendulkar for TV when the cricketer was yet to debut for India. The actor was awarded Padma Shri in 2008 for his services to the field of arts and cinema.
Alter is survived by his wife Carol, son Jamie, and daughter Afshaan.