The Office actor Ranjit Chowdhry dies aged 64

The Office actor Ranjit Chowdhry has reportedly died at age 64.

The star, who played Vikram in the beloved comedy, is thought to have passed away in India.

TMZ reports that the actor lived in New York but returned to India, his home country, for dental treatment.

The site reports that Indian actor Dolly Thakore said he wasn’t able to return to the United States due to shutdowns because of the coronavirus pandemic, and suffered a ruptured ulcer in his intestine.

In US version of The Office, Ranjit played Michael Scott’s (Steve Carrell) co-worker at his second job as a telemarketer.

Vikram is later hired by Michael for his new business venture, the Michael Scott Paper Company.

Ranjit also appeared on Cosby as Singh, as well as being cast in a role in Prison Break.

Chowdhry’s career began back in the 1970s, with him writing for Indian comedies, before moving to the States to pursue a career in Hollywood.

His last credited role was in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2013.

Film critic Shubhra Gupta wrote: ‘In the kind of ‘family ensembles’ that Basu Chatterjee and Hrishikesh Mukherjee assembled, Ranjit Chowdhry stood out. He was angular, wryly funny, self-deprecating, qualities mainstream Bollywood didn’t quite know what to do with.’

Another fan added: ‘RIP to Ranjit Chowdhry who was Vikram in The Office, so freaking sad.’

One more quoted Ranjit’s movie Baton Baton Mein, and wrote: ‘Sorry Henry… You friend Shabi is no more…. RIP….Ranjit Chowdhry…’

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