Hours before, the remorseful news of the Indian-American actor, Tom Alter’s death came in. Waking up shocked and saddened, I had to write Tom Alter actor wiki! Alter was diagnosed with fourth stage cancer in September 2017. The Padma Shri recipient was 67 years old at the time of his death. Tom Alter’s son released the statement of his father’s death quoting, “It is with sadness we announce the death of our beloved Tom Alter, actor, writer, director, Padma Shri, and most importantly our loving father!” Earlier this month, Tom Alter’s son, Jamie Alter had expressed his father’s desire to battle cancer come what may. But cancer takes over the best of us…
Check out below, Tom Alter’s wiki and Tom Alter’s latest news about his death!
How did Tom Alter’s family come to settle in India?
The Alter family migrated to India in 1916. You are guessing how Tom Alter could have been alive in 1916 right? It was actually Tom’s grandparents who came to India from Ohio, United States, in 1916. Tom was born on 22nd June 1950. After the partition, Alter’s parents moved to India and settled in Rajpur, Uttar Pradesh, a small town located between Dehradun and Mussoorie in 1954.
The Blue-Eyed Saheb with impeccable Hindi!
Quite often Tom is referred to as the Blue-eyed saheb with impeccable Hindi! Tom, having lived in India his whole life has features of an American but is desi to the core! He speaks impeccable Hindi and Urdu! Alter is, in fact, fond of Urdu Shayari!
The Movie, Aradhana changed Tom’s Life Forever!
The 1969 film, Aradhana was a blockbuster indeed. It was an inspiration for most of the actors of that era. Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore’s acting streamlined a career path for Tom who decided to enter Bollywood! First, he needed a degree to pursue his career. He subsequently joined the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune, where he studied acting from 1972 to 1974. In an interview in 2009, Alter 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“. In another interview, he said, “There was something very warm about Jagadhri. I remained a teacher there until the day I watched Rajesh Khanna romance Sharmila in Aradhana. That was the beginning of my addiction to cinema“.
Battle Against Cancer!
Tom Alter was diagnosed with fourth stage cancer in September 2017. He was admitted to Mumbai’s Saifee Hospital. His condition was known as squamous cell carcinoma. Tom Alter’s son, Jaime had said that his father was willing to battle cancer. The remorseful demise of such an inspirational figure of Bollywood cinema has shocked and saddened the world! The entire team at SocioFreak extends condolences to Tom Alter’s family, his wife, and son! May his soul rest in peace!