Mumbai, Sept 30: Veteran actor, writer, and Padma Shri awardee Tom Alter died at his Mumbai residence at the age of 67. Tom Alter had been battling stage four skin cancer and was admitted to Mumbai’s Saifee Hospital two weeks ago. Alter had returned home on Thursday and died on Friday night, his manager Ismail Ansari told IANS. The multi-faceted performer had a relapse of a squamous cell carcinoma. Tom Alter had to get his thumb amputated due to the condition in 2016.
“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,” a statement released by his family read.
His son Jamie said that his father had been showing the will to battle it out.
Tom Alter was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in the year 2008. Tom Alter was the first person to interview Sachin Tendulkar for TV. Alter was fluent in Hindi and Urdu. Apart from numerous television shows, theatre, Alter acted in over 300 movies. He was famously known for playing the role of gangster Keshav Kalsi in the hit soap opera Junoon and for his role as a British officer in Kranti.
He acted in movies such as Sardar – a biography of Vallabhbhai Patel – in which he portrayed Louis Mountbatten, Hollywood movie One Night with the King with Peter O’Toole, Assamese film Adajya, Bheja Fry, Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Shyam Benegal’s Junoon, Manoj Kumar’s and Raj Kapoor’s Ram Teri Ganga Maili.
Alter also appeared in many TV series including Sanvidhaan, Zabaan Sambhalke, Khamosh Sa Afsana, Yahan Ke Hum Sikandar, Shaktimaan, Junoon, and others.
Tom Alter acted in play Waiting for Godot, which was staged at Prithvi Theatre, Ghalib, Once Upon A Time etc. In the 80s and 90s, Alter also tried his hand in direction and sports writing. Alter authored books including The Longest Race, Rerun at Rialto, and The Best in the World and wrote extensively for Sportsweek, Outlook, Cricket Talk, Sunday Observer and Debonair.