Veteran actor, Tom Alter has passed away at age 67 on 29th September at his Mumbai residence. A great TV and theatre actor was once sports writer and author had been struggling with stage four skin cancer.
He has acted in nearly 300 movies apart from many TV shows, and also written many books. Alter also endeavored into direction and was a sports journalist in the 80s and 90s.
Tom Alter was the first person to interview Tendulkar for Television when the cricketer was yet to debut for our country. He has written three books, two fiction, and one non-fiction.
He was honored with Padma Shri in 2008 by the Indian government for his remarkable efforts in the field of arts and cinema.
His family said:
“WITH SADNESS, WE DECLARE THE DEATH OF TOM. HE IS A WRITER, ACTOR, PADMA SHRI WINNER, DIRECTOR AND OUR BELOVED HUSBAND AND FATHER. HE PASSED AWAY FRIDAY NIGHT AT HOME WITH HIS KIN AND CLOSE RELATIVES. WE ASK FOR THEIR PRIVACY TO BE RESPECTED AT THIS TIME”.
Tom Alter was born in 1950, the hill station of Mussoorie……
He completed his study at Woodstock School in the Himalayas and then studied at Yale University, USA, before coming back to India in the early 70s.
Tom was a third-generation American in India…..
In the year 1972, he was one of three men who was selected from around 800 contenders all over the north India.
He was recruited in at the famous Film and Television Institute of India in Pune. There, he graduated with a gold medal diploma in acting for two years.
He has been busy throughout his cinematic, theatre and TV career, since1979. Tom’s famous stage work includes ‘Babur Ke Aulaad,’ ‘Lal Qile Ka Aakhri Mushaira,’ ‘Copenhagen,’ ‘Ghalib Ke Khat,’ ‘Teesveen Shatabdi’ etc.
PM expressed grief on the demise of Shri Tom Alter and recalled his contribution to the film world and theatre. He extended condolences to the family & admirers of Shri Tom Alter.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 30, 2017
RIP. My friend and colleague Tom Alter. Bless you! pic.twitter.com/7JSWK0Qbww
— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) September 30, 2017
— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) September 30, 2017
RIP Tom Alter…have the fondest childhood memories of seeing him on zabaan sambhal ke… https://t.co/Cvb1zq2OuP
— Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) September 30, 2017
So sad to hear about Tom Alter sir.. had the honour of knowing him while doing a play in Delhi .. such a lovely human being. Rest in Peace.
— Huma Qureshi (@humasqureshi) September 30, 2017
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) September 30, 2017
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