Veteran film, television and theatre actor and Padma Shri Tom Alter has been diagnosed with cancer. The actor’s family shared the news on Monday, after a week he was admitted in Mumbai’s Saifee Hospital.
Alter, 67, had a relapse of a squamous cell carcinoma. He is under expert supervision and his family has asked for privacy till the treatment is going on.at Saifee Hospital.
Alter has acted in over 300 movies and various TV shows. He holds a diploma graduate in acting from the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India in Pune and is also a gold medalist. His one of the famous character was of the gangster Keshav Kalsi in the hit soap opera Junoon which ran for five years during the 1990.
Apart from acting, he also directed and was also a sport journalist for a brief time. He was the first person to interview Sachin Tendulkar before his debut for India. Tom Alter also wrote three books. In 2008, was presented with the most prestigious award Padma Shri by the Indian Government for his contribution to the field of arts and cinema.