Padma Shri Tom Alter (Thomas Beach Alter), the outstanding Bollywood actor, passed away, in September 2017, after a long fight with cancer. For Hindi cinema fans, Alter left behind a void difficult to fill.
Born and raised in Mussorie, India, in 1950, Alter was the grandson of American missionaries who had moved to India and settled there for over a century before he was born. Alter was educated in India (Woodstock school) and briefly went to the US to study at Yale. After leaving his studies incomplete, Alter left the US to return home to India to work as a school teacher.