“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts,” said famous English play writer William Shakespeare. Every time an actor exits from the stage left behind is only memories of his/her performance.
One such actor was Padma Shri awarded Tom Alter, who made his way to our hearts donning many hats on the screen. He lost the battle against skin cancer on Friday (September 29) at his Mumbai residence at the age of 67. Tom Alter was not just a noted actor but a well-established theatre personality, journalist and a poetry enthusiast as well.
In a statement by his family on Saturday early morning, “It is with sadness we announce the death of Tom Alter, actor, writer, director, Padma Shri, and our dear husband and father.”
Tom Alter’s son Jamie had earlier told IANS, “It is what is called a squamous cell carcinoma (a type of skin cancer). It is a relapse of the same thing which had happened last year and unfortunately, for various reasons, it was not detected at that time and has come back.”
The social media is flooding with reactions since the tragic incident came to light. From President Ram Nath Kovind to Bollywood, everyone has expressed condolence over his demise. Below are some of the reactions:-
Goodbye Tom. We’ll miss you, but you’ve only left the theatre of mortals for the theatre of the eternal… https://t.co/J9u1g2922g
I had the honor of working with #TomAlter twice. He was the perfect example of a humble talented artist with a gigantic legacy.
— Vir Das (@thevirdas) September 30, 2017
The world is a good man short this morning. Fine actor, pure sports lover and kind human being. You enriched our world #TomAlter
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 30, 2017
— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) September 30, 2017
— Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) September 30, 2017
— Rohit Vats (@nawabjha) September 30, 2017
The actor has worked in over 300 movies and a number of TV series. He has not only been a part of Hindi cinema but has acted in Bengali, Assamese, Telugu and Bengali films as well. Some of his famous flicks include Parida, Sardar, Aashiqui and Shatranj Ke Khiladi among others. The actor is survived by his wife Carol, son Jamie and daughter Afshaan.