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Thursday 17 April 2014

Character actor Kumar Pallana dies

Kumar Pallana, front-front, at a photoshoot for the Royal Tenenbaums movie

Kumar Pallana, an Indian character actor who had bit parts in films such as The Terminal and The Royal Tennenbaums, has died at the age of 94.

His son, Dipak Pallana, told the Los Angeles Times that Kumar Pallana collapsed on October 10 at the home they shared in Oakland, California, while getting ready to play bridge with friends.

The Times reported that Kumar Pallana was a yoga instructor in Dallas, Texas, when in the mid-1990s he met Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson, who were working on their breakout movie Bottle Rocket. They cast Pallana as a bumbling safe-cracker.

His thick accent and diminutive stature would go on to help him steal scenes and earn parts in more films, including three more directed by Anderson and one by Steven Spielberg.

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