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Actor Kumar Pallana, Wes Anderson Regular, Dies at 94

11 October 2013 2:04 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Actor Kumar Pallana, best known for his roles in Wes Anderson's films, died yesterday at the age of 94. Pallana was a memorable presence in nearly all of Anderson's films, starting with his debut "Bottle Rocket" and continuing in "Rushmore," "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "Darjeeling Limited." He also played an Indian emigre janitor in "The Terminal," starring Tom Hanks. Critic Matt Zoller Seitz, author of the just released "The Wes Anderson Collection," paid tribute to Pallana over at, writing about how Anderson and Owen, Luke and Andrew Wilson first met Pallana when they were all living in Dallas in the early 90s. Seitz wrote: (Owen) Wilson and Anderson wrote Kumar the safecracker in "Bottle Rocket" for Kumar specifically. The project started out as a black-and-white independent film that was supposed to be shot piecemeal over a period of months, but after James L. Brooks and Columbia Pictures took »

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