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Indian theater actor Tom Alter has died, aged 67

INDIAN THEATER ACTOR TOM ALTER HAS DIED, AGED 67

Tom Alter, a well-known Indian theater, television and Bollywood actor of American descent, has died in Mumbai after a brief illness. He was 67.

A statement issued by his family on Saturday says Alter died Friday night at home with his family around him in Mumbai, India's financial and entertainment capital. He was battling skin cancer.

Alter acted in more than 300 films in several Indian languages, including Hindi, Bengali, Assamese and Telugu. His popular movies included Shatranj Ke Khiladi (Chess Players), Gandhi, Parinda (Bird), Kranti (Revolution), Aashiqui (Love) and Junoon (Obsession).

He is survived by his wife, one son and one daughter.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief and recalled Alter's contribution to the film world and theater.

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