Veteran film, theatre and television Actor Tom Alter has died in Mumbai. He was 67 and had been fighting stage four skin cancer. The Renowned Actor, Author and one time sports writer received the Padma Shri in 2008.
A statement 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.“ He was taken to the Hospital earlier this month because of stage four skin cancer but on friday night, he passed away at home in the presence of his family members.
After this news, Tweets poured in for Mr. Alter-
Sad to hear of demise of veteran actor Tom Alter. He will be remembered by film lovers. Condolences to his family #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) September 30, 2017
PM expressed grief on the demise of Shri Tom Alter and recalled his contribution to the film world and theatre. He extended condolences to the family & admirers of Shri Tom Alter.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 30, 2017
Goodbye to you my trusted friend! 🙏🙏🙏! Actor Tom Alter, a Padma Shri awardee, dies of cancer at 67https://t.co/DkJkHZImO8
— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) 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
— Harjinder S Kukreja (@SinghLions) September 30, 2017
RIP Tom Alter…have the fondest childhood memories of seeing him on zabaan sambhal ke… https://t.co/Cvb1zq2OuP
— Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) September 30, 2017
Waking up to some tragic news about the passing away of Mr. Tom Alter. A one of a kind, grace personified, thorough gentleman. #RIPTomAlter
— Nimrat Kaur (@NimratOfficial) September 30, 2017
Tom Alter was born in 1950, in Mussoorie and he studied at Woodstock School in Mussoorie and later at Pune’s Film and Television Institute. He acted in over 300 movies included ‘Shatranj Ke Khiladi’, ‘Sardar’ and ‘Parinda’. Credits include in ‘Aashiqui’, ‘Junoon’, ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili and ‘Gandhi’.
His TV work from ‘Bharat Ek Khoj’ to ‘Shaktimaan’. He was a sports journalist too in the 80’s and 90’s. He has written three books and also awarded with the prestigious Padma Shri by the Indian government for his services to the field of Arts and Cinema.