Mourning Alters demise, President Ram Nath Kovind offered condolences to the actors family. Sad to hear of demise of veteran actor Tom Alter. He will be remembered by film lovers. Condolences to his family #PresidentKovind, he posted on Twitter.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed grief and recalled Alters contribution to film and theatre. 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 and admirers of Shri Tom Alter, the official handle of PMO posted.
An Indian actor of American descent, Alter was born to American Christian missionary parents in Mussoorie in 1950. Alter made his film debut in 1976 with Ramanand Sagars directorial venture, Charas. Though many felt Alter was stereotyped in Bollywood as the perennial British man, the actor went on to establish himself as a prolific character artiste with substantial contribution to films, theatre and television.
His next and one of his most celebrated films was Satyajit Rays Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977). It was followed by Shyam Benegals Junoon (1979), Manoj Kumars Kranti (1981) and Raj Kapoors Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985). His acting credits also include Aashiqui, Parinda, Sardar Patel and Gandhi. He made his debut in regional cinema in 1977 and acted in Bengali, Assamese, Gujarati, Telegu, Tamil and Kumaoni films.
A cricket enthusiast, Alter was also a sports journalist and was the first person to interview Sachin Tendulkar for TV before his debut as a cricketer for India.
The actor was awarded Padma Shri in 2008 for his services in the field of arts and cinema. PTI
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