Actor Tom Alter well known for his prominent roles in Bollywood films dies of cancer at age 67. The renowned actor and one-time sports writer and author had been battling stage four skin cancer. The actor acted in over 300 movies apart from numerous TV shows, most famously as the gangster Keshav Kalsi in Junoon, Mahaguru in Shaktimaan and many others. He was also a sports journalist.
To let you know, he was the first journalist who interviewed Sachin Tendulkar for TV when the cricketer was yet to debut for India. He was also a writer. In the year 2008, he was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri by the Indian government for his contribution in the domain of arts and cinema. A statement released on behalf of his family said:
“It is with sadness we announce the death of Tom Alter, actor, writer, director, Padma Shri, and our dear husband and father. Tom passed away Friday night at home with his family and close family members in attendance. We ask for their privacy to be respected at this time.”
He was born in 1950 in the hill station of Mussoorie. Alter was a third-generation American in India. His grandparents migrated to India from Ohio, the United States in the year 1916. He was a popular actor known for his noted roles in films like – Charas (197), Shatranj Ke Khiladi (1977), Junoon (1979), Kranti (1981) and Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985) etc.
The country is mourning over his death on social media as we lost one of the finest actors of Bollywood. RIP!