Bob Christo

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Bob Christo
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Born
Robert John Christo

1938
Died20 March 2011
(aged 72-73)
OccupationCivil engineer and actor
Years active1980–2003

Robert John Christo, was an Australian-Indian civil engineer and actor in Hindi films. Starting with Sanjay Khan's Abdullah (1980), he went on to act in over 200 Hindi films in the 1980s and 1990s, including Qurbani (1980), Kaalia (1981), Nastik (1983), Mard (1985), Mr India (1987), Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja (1993) and Gumraah (1993), mostly playing roles as a henchman or an Army General.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Born in Sydney, Christo was a qualified Civil Engineer of paternal Greek and maternal German descent.[3][4] He had two brothers, Helmut and Mike.[2][5] Known for his brawny physique and bald-headed look, Bob arrived in Mumbai, India whilst awaiting a work permit to expatriate to Muscat.[1] It was in Mumbai that he was introduced to Bollywood actress Parveen Babi,[2] who helped him transition to Hindi films.

He received his first break when he constructed the jungle palace for Francis Ford Copola in "Apocalype Now".[6] And later as a villain in the Hindi movie Abdullah in 1980. Christo decided to stay in India and appeared in over 200 movies in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada, playing a recurring typecast villain.[7]

Sanjay Khan discovered him and gave him his first break in his movie Abdullah as the villain, and also after many years, Sanjay Khan gave him a break in his first ever television serial, The Great Maratha, where he played the iconic character of Ahmed Shah Abdali.

During the later stages of his life, he relocated to Bangalore in early 2000, where he started working as a Yoga instructor[8] and remained disconnected from the Hindi movie industry since 2003.

The 72-year-old actor died of "rupture of left ventricle valve" in Bangalore on 20 March 2011. He is survived by his wife Nargis and two sons, Darius and Sunil. He has two daughters, Monique and Nicole from a previous marriage.[5][9]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Title Year Role Language Notes
Arvind Desai Ki Ajeeb Dastaan 1978 Roberts Hindi
The Wild Geese 1978 Body double English Uncredited
Pehredaar 1979
Qurbani 1980 Hindi
Cobra 1980 Bob Christo
Abdullah 1980 Magician Hindi
Sankharsham 1981 Malayalam
Kaalia 1981 Michael Hindi
Kalkut 1981
Prohari 1982
Ustadi Ustad Se 1982 Prem's associated Hindi
Namak Halaal 1982 Hitman Hindi
Ashanti 1982 Sampat's Man Hindi
Star 1982 Samson Hindi
Disco Dancer 1982 International Hit-man Hindi
Main Intequam Loonga 1982 Anthony Hindi
Sharaabi Nar 1982 Hindi
Bobbili Puli 1982 Telugu
Taqdeer 1983 Gangster Hindi
Nastik 1983 Hindi
Jaani Dost 1983 Cobra's Goon Hindi
Naukar Biwi Ka 1983 Rustom Hindi
Hum Se Hai Zamana 1983 Hindi
Haadsa 1983 Abductor Hindi
Bekhabar 1983 Hindi
Boxer 1984 Hindi
Sharaabi 1984 Ruffian #3 Hindi Uncredited
Insaaf Kaun Karega 1984 Bob Hindi
Raaj Tilak 1984 Combatant in arena Hindi
Jagir 1984 Bandit Hindi
Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki 1984 Udaybhan's Assistant Hindi
Sharara 1984 Hindi
Raja Aur Rana 1984 Bob Hindi
Karm Yudh 1985 Hindi
Sarfarosh 1985 British Man Hindi
Baadal 1985 Hindi
Telephone 1985 Bob Hindi
Geraftaar 1985 Ram Hindi
Mard 1985 Simon Hindi
Insaaf Main Karoonga 1985 Commander Bob Hindi
Yaar Kasam 1985 Hindi
Kali Basti 1985 Bob Jackson Hindi
Haveli 1985 Runaway prisoner English man Hindi
Kaakki Sattai 1985 Tamil
Jeevante Jeevan 1985 Boxer Bob Christo Malayalam
Viduthalai 1986 Tamil
Badle Ki Jwala 1986
Amma 1986 British Colonel Hindi
Prathyekam Sradhikkukka 1986 Christopher Malayalam
Kala Dhanda Goray Log 1986 Bob Hindi
Nasihat 1986 Hindi
Allah Rakha 1986 Don Hindi
Avinash 1986 Bob Hindi
Palay Khan 1986 British Officer Hindi
Hello My Dear Wrong Number 1986 Bob Malayalam
Kadhal Parisu 1987 Tamil
Hukumat 1987 DBDN's English Friend
Mr. India 1987 Mr. Wolcott Hindi
Hiraasat 1987 Bob Hindi
Uttar Dakshin 1987 Bob Hindi
Superman 1987 Bob Hindi
Mr. India 1987 Foreign Smuggler Kannada
Cooliekkaran 1987 Tamil
Commando 1988 Marcelloni's Henchman Hindi
Bloodstone 1988 Haggerty English
Paanch Fauladi 1988 Seth Englishman Hindi
Mera Shikar 1988
Mar Mitenge 1988 Bob Hindi
Aryan 1988 Malayalam
Aakhri Adaalat 1988 Hindi
Ustaad 1988 Bob Malayalam
Guru 1989 Bandit Hindi
Vardi 1989 Himself Hindi
Sachché Ká Bol-Bálá 1989 Henchman Hindi
Farz Ki Jung 1989 Mr. Barker Hindi
Kanoon Ki Awaaz 1989 Hindi
Dost 1989 Hindi
Toofan 1989 Goodmark, Gold Smuggler Hindi
Jaadugar 1989 Bob Hindi
Siva 1989 Tamil
Desh Ke Dushman 1989 Inspector Bob
Shehzaade 1989 Bob Hindi Uncredited
Apna Desh Praye Log 1989 Swami's Goon
Sachai Ki Taqat 1989 Hindi
Love Love Love 1989 Bob Hindi
Dav Pech 1989 Gambler Hindi
Aakhri Muqabla 1989 Tiger / Shola / Shaitan Hindi
Gharana 1989 Shiekh, Diamond Merchant Hindi
Elaan-E-Jung 1989 Kalanaag Henchman Hindi
Meri Garmi 1989 Hindi
Maut Se Mukabala 1990
Taqdeer Ka Tamasha 1990 Shooter George Hindi
Zahreelay 1990 Massena Hindi
Agneepath 1990 Gora Hindi
Gunahon Ka Devta 1990 Hindi
Doodh Ka Karz 1990 Engrez Master 'Gora' Hindi
Zimmedaaar 1990 Man who beat up the press editor Hindi
Roti Kee Keemat 1990 Bob Hindi
Maula Jatt 1990 Punjabi
Dushman 1990 Sadashiv's aide Hindi
Atishbaz 1990 Michael Hindi
Athisaya Piravi 1990 Goon Tamil Uncredited
Aag Ka Gola 1990 Natwar's Man Baldy Hindi
Saugandh 1991 Killer Hindi
Vishnu-Devaa 1991 Bald Fighter Hindi
Yodha 1991 Christo Hindi
Farishtay 1991 Terrorist Bob Hindi
Numbri Aadmi 1991 Don Hindi
Kaun Kare Kurbanie 1991 Goon Uncredited
Jungle Beauty 1991 Jumbo
Fateh 1991 Hindi
Mr. Bond 1992 Bob Hindi
Tahalka 1992 Captain Richard Hindi
Humshakal 1992 Rapist Hindi
Deedar 1992 Goon Hindi
Sone Ki Lanka 1992 Hindi
Dil Aashna Hai 1992 Goverdhan's man Hindi
Tirangaa 1992 Hindi
Saali Adhe Gharwali 1992 Peter
Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja 1993 Mr. Donze Hindi
Phool Aur Angaar 1993 Mr Richard Hindi
Gumrah 1993 Male cop in Hong Kong Hindi
Hum Hain Kamaal Ke 1993 English Diamond Dealer Hindi
Aadmi 1993 John Hindi
Tahqiqaat 1993 Goon Hindi
Aulad Ke Dushman 1993 Rexon Warner Hindi
Aankhen 1993 Tejeshwar's Henchman Hindi Uncredited
Kaun Apna Kaun Paraya 1994
Insaaf Apne Lahoo Se 1994 Bob Hindi
Pathreela Raasta 1994 Hindi
Aaja Re O Sajana 1994
Jawab 1995 Sobhraj's goon Hindi
Paandav 1995 Hindi
Jai Vikraanta 1995
Prem 1995 British Officer Hindi
Sarhad: The Border of Crime 1995 Hindi
Kismat 1995 Charlie Hindi
Zordaar 1996 John
Ram Aur Shyam 1996 Hindi
Agnichakra 1997 Hindi
Gupt: The Hidden Truth 1997 Boat organiser Hindi
Dhaal 1997 Hindi
Kalicharan 1998
Hum Tum Pe Marte Hain 1999 Hindi
Nyaydaata 1999 B.C. Hindi
Kasam 2001 John Hindi
Veer Savarkar 2001 William Hutt Curzon Wyllie Hindi
On Wings of Fire 2001
Rose Thorn 2004
Aman Ke Farishtey 2016 Hindi (final film role)

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Language
1990 The Sword of Tipu Sultan General Matthews Hindi
1994 The Great Maratha Ahmed Shah Abdali Hindi
The Indian Trunk French
La Nouvelle Malle des Indes Le major aka Wettlauf nach Bombay West Germany French

Works[edit]

  • Flashback: My Life and Times in Bollywood and Beyond, by Bob Christo. Penguin India, 2011. ISBN 0143414623.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Veteran film actor Bob Christo no more". Deccan Herald. Bangalore. 20 March 2011. Archived from the original on 24 March 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Dubey, Bharati (21 March 2011). "Actor Bob Christo passes away". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 16 September 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2011.
  3. ^ Gupta, Gargi. "The passions of Christo". Business Standards. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  4. ^ Christo, Bob (2011). Flashback: My Life and Times in Bollywood and Beyond. Penguin Books Limited. ISBN 9788184755114. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  5. ^ a b Flashback: My Life and Times in Bollywood and Beyond. Penguin Books. 2011. p. 215. ISBN 9780143414629. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  6. ^ Gianani, Kareena N. (27 March 2011). "'I loved playing the white baddie: Bob Christo". DNA India. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  7. ^ "Actor Bob Christo dead". The Hindu. 20 March 2011. Archived from the original on 21 March 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2011.
  8. ^ Kumar, Mala (10 May 2004). "BAD BOY makes it good". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 13 May 2006. Retrieved 4 June 2006.
  9. ^ "Actor Bob Christo dead". The Hindu. 20 March 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2016.

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