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.
Robert John Christo
|Died||20 March 2011|
|Occupation||Civil engineer and actor|
Born in Sydney, Australia, Christo was a qualified Civil Engineer. He had two brothers, Helmut and Mike. Known for his brawny physique and bald-headed look, Bob arrived in Mumbai, India whilst awaiting a work permit to expatriate to Muscat. It was in Mumbai that he was introduced to Bollywood actress Parveen Babi, who helped him transition to Hindi films.
He received his first break, 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.
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 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.
|Aman Ke Farishtey||2016||Hindi|
|Veer Savarkar||2001||William Hutt Curzon Wyllie||Hindi|
|Hum Tum Pe Marte Hain||1999||Hindi|
|Dhaal: The Battle of Law Against Law||1997||Hindi|
|Gupt: The Hidden Truth||1997||Boat organiser||Hindi|
|Ram Aur Shyam||1996||Hindi|
|Sarhad: The Border of Crime||1995||Hindi|
|Insaaf Apne Lahoo Se||1994||Hindi|
|Aulad Ke Dushman||1993||Rexon Warner||Hindi|
|Hum Hain Kamaal Ke||1993||English Diamond Dealer||Hindi|
|Gumrah||1993||Male cop in Hong Kong||Hindi|
|Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja||1993||Mr. Donze||Hindi|
|Dil Aashna Hai||1992||Goverdhan's man||Hindi|
|Doodh Ka Karz||1990||Engrez Master 'Gora'||Hindi|
|Aag Ka Gola||1990||Natwar's Man Baldy||Hindi|
|Gunahon Ka Devta||1990||Hindi|
|Maula Jatt (1990 film)||1990||Punjabi|
|Toofan||1989||Goodmark, Gold Smuggler||Hindi|
|Farz Ki Jung||1989||Mr. Barker||Hindi|
|Sachché Ká Bol-Bálá||1989||Henchman||Hindi|
|Kanoon Ki Awaaz||1989||Hindi|
|Love Love Love||1989||Hindi|
|Sachai Ki Taqat||1989||Hindi|
|Siva (1989 Tamil film)||1989||Tamil|
|Paanch Fauladi||1988||Seth Englishman||Hindi|
|Mr. India||1987||Mr. Wolcott||Hindi|
|Mr. India||1987||Foreign Smuggler||Kannada|
|Kala Dhanda Goray Log||1986||Bob||Hindi|
|Palay Khan||1986||British Officer||Hindi|
|Hello My Dear Wrong Number||1986||Bob||Malayalam|
|Haveli (film)||1985||Runaway prisoner English man||Hindi|
|Insaaf Main Karoonga||1985||Commander Bob||Hindi|
|Kali Basti||1985||Bob Jackson||Hindi|
|Jeevante Jeevan||1985||Boxer Bob Christo||Malayalam|
|Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki||1984||Udaybhan's Assistant||Hindi|
|Insaaf Kaun Karega||1984||Hindi|
|Raaj Tilak||1984||Combatant in arena||Hindi|
|Raja Aur Rana||1984||Bob||Hindi|
|Disco Dancer||1983||International Hit-man||Hindi|
|Hum Se Hai Zamana||1983||Hindi|
|Main Intequam Loonga||1982||Anthony||Hindi|
|The Sword of Tipu Sultan||General Matthews||Doordarshan National||Hindi|
|The Great Maratha||Ahmed Shah Abdali||Doordarshan National||Hindi|
|The Indian Trunk||French|
|La Nouvelle Malle des Indes||Le major aka Wettlauf nach Bombay West Germany||French|
- Flashback: My Life and Times in Bollywood and Beyond, by Bob Christo. Penguin India, 2011. ISBN 0143414623.
- "Veteran film actor Bob Christo no more". Deccan Herald. Bangalore. 20 March 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2011.
- Dubey, Bharati (21 March 2011). "Actor Bob Christo passes away". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 March 2011.
- Flashback: My Life and Times in Bollywood and Beyond. Penguin Books. p. 215. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
- "Actor Bob Christo critical". The Hindu. 20 March 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2011.
- "Actor Bob Christo dead". The Hindu. 20 March 2011. Archived from the original on 21 March 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2011.
- Kumar, Mala (10 May 2004). "BAD BOY makes it good". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 13 May 2006. Retrieved 4 June 2006.
- "Actor Bob Christo dead". The Hindu. 20 March 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2016.