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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Padma Shri actor Tom Alter Dies at 67


 Veteran film, television and theater actor, Padma Shri Tom Alter died at the age of 67. Tom Alter who died on 29 September, was a renowned actor and one-time sports writer and author. Tom was  battling stage four skin cancer.
Tom Alter

Tom Alter acted in over 300 movies apart from numerous TV shows, most famously as the gangster Keshav Kalsi in the hit soap opera Junoon which ran for a record five years during the 1990s. Tom was a man with interests in different fields. Tom Alter was the first person to interview Sachin Tendulkar for TV when the cricketer was yet to debut for India. Tom Alter was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri by the Indian government in recognition for his services to the field 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."

Tom Alter was a third-generation American in India who studied at Woodstock School in the Himalayas and then briefly at Yale University in the USA, before returning to India in the early 70s. Few of the Tom Alter acted films are Charas in 1976, Satyajit Ray's Shatranj Ke Khiladi (1977), Shyam Benega's Junoon (1979), Manoj Kumar's Kranti (1981), Raj Kapoor's Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985).

Tom Alter is survived by his wife Carol, son Jamie, and daughter Afshaan.

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