Om Puri, Indian actor, Died at 66


Om Prakesh Puri was born on October 18, 1950, and died on January 6, 2017.

He was an Indian actor.

Om appeared in mainstream commercial Indian, British, and American films, as well as independent films and art films.

Puri was best-known for his author-backed roles in films like Aakrosh (1980), Arohan (1982) and television films like Sadgati (1981) and Tamas (1987) and also light-hearted roles in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983) and Chachi 420 (1997).

Puri had various collaborations with director Shyam Benegal and Govind Nihalani.

Puri was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 1990; and in 2004, was made an honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

He married Seema Kapoor, the sister of actor Annu Kapoor, in 1991, but their marriage ended after eight months.

During 1993, Puri married journalist Nandita Puri, with whom he had a son named Ishaan.

During 2009, Nandita wrote a biography of her husband titled Unlikely Hero: The Story Of Om Puri.

After the book’s publication, Puri spoke of his anger at the inclusion of explicit details of his previous relationships.

Durin 2013, Nandita filed an allegation of domestic violence against him, and the two opted for a judicial separation shortly afterward.

He died due to a heart attack.

Om Puri passed away at 66 years old.