Ranjit Chowdhry, who appeared in “The Office” and “Prison Break,” has died at age 64, according to his family.
“For all those who knew Ranjit, the funeral will be held tomorrow and a gathering to celebrate his life and share stories on May 5th. With love, Raell,” the actor’s half-sister wrote on Instagram.
Chowdhry had lived in New York City and went back to India but wasn’t able to return to the United States during the pandemic.
Chowdhry died Wednesday during emergency surgery for a ruptured ulcer in his stomach, EW reported.
He appeared in a number of Indian movies but had roles on shows such as “NYPD Blue,” “Prison Break,” “The Office,” “Cosby,” and “Law & Order,” according to his IMDB page. He is likely best known in the United States for his role in “The Office.”
“This guy made magic out of nothing, filling paper thin roles with so much depth,” actress Poorna Jagannathan wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. “I always saw my father when I was with him- the same humor, stubbornness and brilliance. Heartbroken, dear friend. RIP.”
Director Sanjay Gupta, who worked with Chowdhry in a 2002 movie, wrote on Twitter: “RIP my friend Ranjit Chaudhury. Had the pleasure of working with you in KAANTE,” Gupta wrote. “Thank you for the joy you gave us through your performances. KHATTA MEETHA is my favourite. Keep smiling wherever you are.”