Veteran theatre, film and television actor Tom Alter passed away, at 67 years. As per family sources, Alter was battling skin cancer, and passed away last night at his residence. As per Indian Express report,”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,” statement released on behalf of his family read. Indian actor of American descent, Alter was the son of American missionary parents.” The ‘God of Cricket’, Sachin Tendulkar paid tribute Tom Alter. Tendulkar, who met the actor on his first ever TV interview, took to Twitter and said,”Through my first ever TV interview, met a true sports lover and a good human being. You will live in our hearts forever. RIP #TomAlter.”
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 30, 2017
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”. He also worked in Bengali, Assamese and Telugu cinema. 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. The film released in May this year. 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