Actor Tom Alter passes away at 67
Veteran actor and Padma Shri, Tom Alter passed away at 67. He was suffering from squamous cell carcinoma (a type of skin cancer). Tom Alter was battling stage four skin cancer at a Mumbai hospital, where he was admitted in September. He was taken home on Thursday and died on Friday night. He appeared in 300+ films which includes Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Sardar and Parinda.
In an official statement, his son said, "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."
On 11th Sep, it was reported that esteemed actor Tom Alter, theatre, television and film veteran, was diagnosed with stage four cancer. His son Jamie said, "It is what's called a squamous cell carcinoma (a type of skin cancer). It is a relapse." Among Alter's most known stints are his work in theatre and for his appearance on the TV show 'Zabaan Sambhalke'.
Many would remember Alter, an actor of American descent, as Shaktimaan's mentor in the hit show, and as Charles Spencers in 'Zabaan Sambhalke'. In Bollywood, he has played roles in 'M Cream' (2012), 'Bheja Fry' (2007) and 'Veer-Zaara' (2004), among many others. He has also appeared in 'Avatar' (2009). In 2008, he was awarded the Padma Shri for his contributions to arts and cinema.