Om Puri

Indian actor

Om Prakesh Puri OBE[1] (18 October 1950 – 6 January 2017) was an Indian[2] actor. He has appeared in mainstream commercial Pakistani, Indian, British, and Hollywood movies. He was also in independent and art movies.

Om Puri

Om Prakesh Puri

(1950-10-18)18 October 1950
Ambala, Punjab, India
(now in Haryana)
Died6 January 2017(2017-01-06) (aged 66)
Mumbai, India
Cause of deathHeart attack
EducationNational School of Drama
Alma materFilm and Television Institute of India
Years active1972–2017
Spouse(s)Seema Kapoor (1991–1991)
Nandita Puri (1993–2013)
AwardsPadma Shri

Puri was known for his roles in Gandhi (1982), Ardh Satya (1983), City of Joy (1992), Wolf (1994), East Is East (1999) and in The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014). His career began in 1972. He also narrated the widely known Indian nature documentary Bharat Ek Khoj (1988).

He has been awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India.[3] He won two National Film Awards in 1981 and in 1983. He was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 1999 for his role as George Khan in East Is East.

Puri was born in Ambala, Haryana, India. He studied at the Film and Television Institute of India and in the National School of Drama. He was married to Nandita Puri from 1993 until they divorced in 2013.

Puri died in his sleep of a heart attack at his home in Andheri, Mumbai, India on 6 January 2017, aged 66.[4][5]


  1. "Indian actor Om Puri awarded OBE". British Broadcasting Corporation. 23 July 2004.
  2. "BBC NEWS — South Asia — Indian actor Om Puri awarded OBE".
  3. "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  4. "Om Puri passes away after a massive heart attack". The Indian Express. 2017-01-06. Retrieved 2017-01-06.
  5. "Indian actor Om Puri dies aged 66". BBC News. 2017-01-06. Retrieved 2017-01-06.

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