Veteran film and theatre actor Tom Alter, who has worked alongside Dharmendra in Charas, Dev Anand in Des Pardes and others, has been diagnosed with cancer. According to Indian Express, Alter who is also popularly known for his stint on TV show Zabaan Sambhalke is suffering from fourth stage bone cancer. The news of his condition has been confirmed by his son Jemie Alter. The news came to surface less than a week after he was discharged from a city hospital, where he was admitted for “body pain”. Jemie Alter confirmed the news but preferred not to divulge more details about the actor’s condition. He said, “It’s not a good time to talk. I will call you in the evening,” as quoted in the report.
As the news of Tom Alter being in hospital broke, several rumors were spread about an apparent serious disease but they were all denied by famous playwright Sayeed Alam, who has collaborated with Alter on many plays and was also set to direct him on a production, according to Indian Express.
The 67-year-old actor who is a native of Mussoorie is a multi-faceted performer and the recipient of Padma Shri. He has worked in over 170 films and has been a part of several Hindi television shows like Zabaan Sambhalke, Shaktiman and others. Alter has also worked with legendary Indian filmmaker, Satyajit Ray in Shatranj Ke Khiladi. He made his debut after getting a small role in Dharmendra and Hema Malini starrer Charas after which he went on to work in films like Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Gandhi, Kranti, Bose: The Forgotten Hero and Veer Zara. But it was his sitcom Zabaan Sambhalke (1993-1997) that made him a household name. The series, also starring Pankaj Kapoor, was the adaptation of British sitcom, Mind Your Language (1977). Alter was last seen in director Imran Khan’s Sargoshiyan which was released earlier this year.