Mr Alter is believed to have died at home last night. He was taken to Saifee Hospital earlier this month with stage four skin cancer, for which he had been treated earlier and which had relapsed. Tom Alter worked in film, television and theatre.
Earlier this month, Tom Alter’s son Jamie told news agency IANS that the cancer he was treated for last year had returned. “It is what is called a squamous cell carcinoma (a type of skin cancer). It is a relapse of the same thing which had happened last year and unfortunately, for various reasons, it was not detected at that time and has come back,” he said.
Tom Alter, born in 1950 in Mussoorie, appeared in over 300 films which included the acclaimed Shatranj Ke Khiladi and Junoon. His credits include Aashiqui, Parinda and Gandhi. Mr Alter’s TV work ranged from Bharat Ek Khoj to Shaktimaan. He also worked in Bengali, Assamese and Telugu cinema.
Tom Alter, who received the Padma Shri in 2008, was last seen in Sargoshiyan this year with Alok Nath and Farida Jalal.