Veteran actor Tom Alter dies at 67, B-Town mourns


Bollywood actor Tom Alter, who was battling fourth stage of skin cancer passed away on Friday night at his residence. He was 67. 

A statement was released on behalf of Tom Alter's family said, "It is with sadness we announce the death of Tom Alter, actor, writer, director, Padma Shri, and our dear husband and father," reported news agency IANS.

Bollywood celebrities took to twitter to mourn the death of the Padma Shri winner.

Rishi Kapoor tweeted, "RIP. My friend and colleague Tom Alter. Bless you!"

Anil Kapoor tweeted, "An all rounder is what he was, with a heart of gold. Back in the day, I even studied acting under him. You will be missed dearly #TomAlter."

"RIP Tom Alter... Have the fondest childhood memories of seeing him on Zabaan Sambhal ke...," Arjun tweeted.

Nimrat wrote, "Waking up to some tragic news about the passing away of Mr Tom Alter. A one of a kind, grace personified, thorough gentleman. #RIPTomAlter."

Manoj Bajpayee said, "May you rest in peace tom sir!! condolences to his near and dear ones."

Huma Qureshi wrote, "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."

Athiya Shetty said Alters wife Carol taught her English and she had a great time knowing the veteran actor.

"Mr Alters wife, Carol Alter was my English teacher for years. I had the privilege of knowing this beautiful couple. #TomAlter

"Fortunate enough to have interacted and heard Mr. Alters journey. Always underlying being a good human being, reflects in your work."

"#TomAlter- A superb actor, creative genius, die hard sportsman and a beautiful heart and mind moved on to the next life. RIP my friend," posted Jaaved Jaaferi.

Director Madhur Bhandarkar tweeted, "Sad to know about #TomAlter. Remember working with him as a AD in a film. His contribution to theater and cinema will be always remembered. RIP." PTI SHD BK

A native of Mussoorie, Tom Alter studied at Woodstock School in Mussoorie and later pursued a course in acting at Film and Television Institute of India in Pune.

He has featured in over 300 films. He is best known for his work in Satyajit Ray's ‘Shatranj Ke Khiladi’, Kranti, ‘Aashiqui’, ‘Junoon’, ‘Parinda’, ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’ and ‘Gandhi’.

Tom Alter also featured in TV shows like Zabaan Sambhalke, Bharat Ek Khoj, Betaal Pachisi,Captain Vyom and Shaktimaan.

Mr Alter is survived by his wife, son Jamie and daughter Afshaan.