Tom Alter

Indian actor (1950–2017)

Thomas Beach "Tom" Alter (22 June 1950 – 29 September 2017) [1] was an Indian actor of American descent. He was a television actor, best known for his work in Bollywood,[2][3] and the theatre.[4]

Alter in October 2012

Alter was born in Mussoorie, Uttar Pradesh, India (now in Uttarakhand).[5] He was the son of American Christian missionaries of English and Scottish ancestry.

In 2008, he was awarded Padma Shri by the Indian government.[6][7]

Tom Alter' son Archived 2017-09-30 at the Wayback Machine released a statement of his father's demise which said, "It is with sadness we announce the death of our beloved Tom Alter, actor, writer, director, Padma Shri, and most importantly our loving father!".[8] Alter died of skin cancer on 29 September 2017 at his home in Mumbai, India at the age of 67.[9]


  1. "Tom Alter, Padma Shri actor and writer, dies aged 67". Times of India. 30 September 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  2. "No 'Alter'native". Screen. 9 May 2008.
  3. Hazarika, Sanjoy (6 July 1989). "An American Star Of the Hindi Screen". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 May 2010.
  4. "Features / Metro Plus: Tom Tom". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 9 August 2008.
  5. "Tom Alter". Paritosh Uttam. Archived from the original on 2006-05-22. Retrieved 2011-08-07.
  6. "Multifaceted actor Tom Alter to receive Padma Shri". India eNews. 25 January 2008. Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  7. "Woodstock School News". Woodstock School India. 2 January 2008. Archived from the original on 10 March 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  8. "Tom Alter's death". Archived from the original on 2018-12-10. Retrieved 2017-09-30.
  9. "Actor Tom Alter dies of skin cancer at 67". Hindustan Times. 30 September 2017. Archived from the original on 30 March 2019. Retrieved 30 September 2017.

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