Bollywood veteran Actor Tom Alter aged 67 died on 29th September 2017 he was surfing from the fourth stage of skin cancer. A statement released on behalf of his family said, "It is with sadness we announce the death of Tom Alter, actor, writer, director, Padma Shri, and our dear husband and father." Mr. Alter was taken to Saifee Hospital earlier this month with stage four skin cancer, for which he had been treated earlier and which had relapsed. He was taken home on Thursday and died on Friday night, news agency IANS reports. Tom Alter worked in film, television, and theatre.
Tom Alter was born in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, He was the son of American Christian missionaries of English and Scottish ancestry and lived for years in Mumbai and the Himalayan hill station of Landour. He was educated at Mussoorie's Woodstock School. His grandparents migrated to India from Ohio, the United States in November 1916, when they arrived in Chennai.
Tom Alter appeared in over 300 films which included the acclaimed Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Sardar, and Parinda. His credits include Aashiqui, Junoon, Ram Teri Ganga Maili and Gandhi. Mr. Alter’s TV work ranged from Bharat Ek Khoj to Shaktimaan. Alter has also written books including The Longest Race, Rerun at Rialto, and The Best in the World. He was also a sports journalist with a special interest in cricket. Being a cricket enthusiast, he also wrote for several sporting journals and was a published author.
Tom Alter was awarded Padma Shri in 2008. He was last seen in Sargoshiyan this year with Alok Nath and Farida Jalal. He is survived by his wife Carol, son Jamie and daughter Afshaan.