Veteran Actor Saeed Jaffrey Has Passed Away At 86

16/11/2015 1:30 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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LONDON - FEBRUARY 18: Actor Saeed Jaffrey with his wife arrive at the 'Norman At Ninety' Tribute Luncheon at the Royal Lancaster Hotel on February 18, 2005 in London. Members of showbiz fraternity and charity The Grand Order Of Water Rats and other celebrity friends help celebrate Wisdom's 90 birthday, which was February 4. (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)

The always-charming character actor Saeed Jaffrey, who acted in Indian as well as British films from the late '60s to the mid '00s, has reportedly passed away at the age of 86.

Described by Robert Butler as a "short, dapper, ebullient actor" who "turns an interview into a monologue" in a 2011 interview published by The Independent, Jaffrey is well-known for his work in Hindi films such as Chashme Buddoor (1981), Masoom (1983), Mashaal (1984), Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985), Ram Lakhan (1989), Dil (1990), Ajooba (1991), and Henna (1991).

Before that, however, Jaffrey had carved a niche for himself as a serious actor who had two post-graduate degrees in drama — one from London's Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art, another on a Fulbright scholarship from The Catholic University of America — and worked in critically-acclaimed international productions such as John Huston's The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Satyajit Ray's Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977), Sir Richard Attenborough's Gandhi (1982), David Lean's A Passage To India (1984), and Stephen Frears' My Beautiful Laundrette (1985).

In a career spanning more than 40 years, Jaffrey worked with some of the finest actors across the world in a variety of cinema and became the first Indian to receive the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contributions to the dramatic arts.

On Monday, as news of his death broke, tributes started pouring in.

Many recounted some of his finest, most memorable on-screen moments.

But perhaps the most elaborate tributes came from his niece Shaheen Aggarwal, posted on Facebook.

Today, a generation of Jaffreys has passed away.Saeed Jaffrey has joined his brothers and sister and is rejoicing in...

Posted by Shaheen Aggarwal on Sunday, 15 November 2015

Saeed Jaffrey; storyteller after my own heart, as Karadi the bear.Now this is how English should be spoken.Go on! Give your children a listen

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