Om Puri, ‘Ghandi’ and ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’ Actor, Dies at 66 (Report)

The Bollywood star was known as one of the most versatile actors in India

Last Updated: January 5, 2017 @ 9:21 PM

Om Puri, a veteran Indian actor known for his work in both Bollywood and Hollywood films, died Thursday. He was 66.

He suffered a heart attack, NDTV in India reported.

Puri’s notable roles included in “Ghandi,” “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “The Ghost and the Darkness” and “The Jungle Book.”

Born in Ambala, Haryana, to a Punjabi family, Puri began his career in the 1976 Marathi film “Ghashiram Kotwal.” He went on to star in some of India’s biggest movies, including “Ardh Satya,” “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron” and “Paar.”

His more recent Hindi film roles include “Singh Is Kinng,” “Mere Baap Pehle Aap” and “Billu,” and the “Road to Sangam” in 2009.

In 2014, Puri starred opposite Helen Mirren in the comedy-drama “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” which was produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey. Puri played the owner of an Indian restaurant in a French town whose family is feuding with a local Michelin-starred competitor run by Mirren.

Along with his acting accolades, Puri was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award of India, as well as an OBE in England in 2004.

He is survived by his son Ishaan and ex-wife, Nandita Puri.