The Bollywood Ticket


A great loss for Bollywood, TOM ALTER, Padma Shri actor, and writer passed away at the age of 67. Bollywood celebrities ANIL KAPOOR, RISHI KAPOOR and NIMRAT KAUR paid tributes to the veteran theatre, film and television actor Tom Alter.

Tom Alter was an Indian actor of American decent, Alter was the son of American missionary parents. He was born in 1950 in Mussoorie. He studied Woodstock in Mussoorie and later at Pune’s Film and Television Institute. After having been inspired by Rajesh Khanna & Sharmila Tagore’s Super hit film “Aradhana”. He got impressed by the acting that he shuns his comfortable career of a teacher to struggle to become an actor and could never stop being die-hard Rajesh Khanna fan.

He appeared in over 300 films which included Satyajit Ray’s acclaimed movie “SHATRANJ KE KHILADI” and “JUNOON”. His first Hindi film to be released was RAMANAND SAGAR’S CHARAS in 1976. In television, Alters work ranged from “Bharat Eek Khoj” to “Shaktiman”.

He also worked in Bengali, Assamese and Telugu cinema. A cricket enthusiast, he also wrote for several sporting journals and was the first person to interview SACHIN. Alter was suffering from stage four skin cancer, took his last breath here in Mumbai.

He contributed in some of the great tv shows like BHARAT EK KHOJ, THE GREAT MARATHA, SAVIDHAAN, SAKTIMAN and some of the great movie like GANDHI, VEER-ZARA, SHATRANJ KE KHILARI, SARDAR, OCEAN OF AN OLD MAN, and many others have left a very big part of himself behind for us to remember him. He had been honored with Padma Shri for his acting and writing. Padma Shri is the 4th highest award for civilian and is given every year to the worthy who have contributed to various spheres of activity. Tom Alter has a great history of contribution to Indian movie industry.

After his death, many celebrities have shown their tribute to him.
Rishi Kapoor tweeted, “Rip. My friend and colleague Tom Alter, bless you!”

Anil Kapoor tweeted, “an all-rounder is what he was, with a heart of gold. Back in the days, I even studied acting under him. You will be missed dearly ##TomAlter.”

Arjun Kapoor tweeted “Rip Tom Alter….have the fondest childhood memories of seeing him on Zabaan Sambhal ke”

Nimrat Kaur wrote, “waking up to some tragic news about the passing away of Mr. Tom Alter. A one of a kind, grace personified, a thorough gentleman. #RIPTomAlter.”