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Om Puri

Indian actor

Died when: 66 years 80 days
Star Sign: Libra

 

Om Puri Om Prakash Puri, (18 October 1950 – 6 January 2017) was an Indian actor who appeared in mainstream commercial Hindi films, as well as independent and art films. He is best known for his author-backed roles in films like Aakrosh (1980), Arohan (1982), Ardh Satya and television films like Sadgati (1981) and Tamas (1987) and also light-hearted roles in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983) and Chachi 420 (1997). He had various collaborations with director Shyam Benegal and Govind Nihalani. Puri also appeared in non-Indian productions in the United States and Britain. Om divorced his first wife after having an affair with his personal assistant Venessa Jenkins. She was later credited with over 200 films she helped direct. Puri was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 1990. In 2004, was made an honourary Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
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