One of the most talented actors of Indian Theatre and Cinema, Tom Alter has left the world on September 29, 2017. He was diagnosed with Stage IV skin cancer and died at his residence in Mumbai.
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He has acted in Theatres, Films and even in TV serials. He always finds the connection more with Theatre than any other medium. He has worked with Satyajit Ray in Shatranj Ke Khilari, Gandhi, Parinda, Bheja Fry and many more. He has also worked in TV serials like Shaktimaan as his guru, Betaal Pachisi, Zabaan Sambhalke, Hatim and many more.
He was born in Mussoorie, Uttar Pradesh, on June 22, 1950. His full name is Thomas Beach Alter. After watching Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore’s film Aradhana, he wanted to be like him and that has brought him into acting. He later studied at Film and Television Institute of India in Pune from 1972 to 1974. After that, he starts getting roles which are more of like playing a foreigner character. Talking about his passion for movies, he once said, “I still dream of being Rajesh Khanna. For me, in the early 1970s, he was the only hero — romantic to the core, not larger than life, so Indian and real — he was my hero; the reason I came into films and he still is.”
He was a tall and handsome man, who is very good with his Hindi language. Interestingly, he has also interviewed Sachin Tendulkar, when he used to play local cricket.
Altogether, Tom Alter will always be remembered as the legend of theatre.
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