KADER Khan, noted versatile actor-screen writer and director who dominated Bollywood movies for over five decades, has died failing to recover from unknown ailments In Toronto. He died due to prolonged illness at the age of 81 on 31 December at 1800 hrs local time, his son Sarfaraz Khan confirmed to media. His last rites will be performed in Canada in the presence of his family members, added Sarfaraz Khan. Kader Khan has excelled in playing villainous as well as comedian roles and had been associated with the production of over 450 movies in a variety of roles. He is credited for introducing some new faces who later became established stars. The Kabul born Indian-Canadian film actor debuted in the 1973 film Daag starring Rajesh Khanna in which he acted as a prosecuting attorney. His official website says Khan has penned scripts for over 250 Indian films. He got paid a handsome amount of money for writing dialogues for the film Roti (1974). Proficient in Pustu, his mother tongue, Urdu, Hindi as well as English, Khan had worked with super star Amitabh Bachchan, Feroz Khan, Govinda and others and also in films made by David Dhawan. He has played a large variety of supporting role parts in films and has also starred in many comedy television series. As a dialogue and script writer, Kader Khan has worked with many famous directors including Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra, etc. He wrote dialogues for super hit movies like Sharaabi, Coolie, Lawaaris, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar and Amar Akbar Anthony. He also wrote screenplays for films starring Amitabh Bachchan like Agneepath and Naseeb. In 1991, he won the Filmfare Best Comedian Award for the movie ‘Baap Numbri Beta Dus Numbri’. From 1984 to 1999, he was nominated nine times for Filmfare Best Comedian Award for different films. The AFMI (American Federation of Muslims from India) recognized him for his achievement and service to the Indian Muslim community .As film buffs say his successful collaborations were with Govinda and Shakti Kapoor. From Raja Babu to Coolie No 1 and Sajan Chale Sasural, the trio literally ruled the comic scene in the 90s, says Shakti Kapoor “I learnt a lot from him and I will miss him a lot. He once told me that his acting career began as a theatre artist. He was a professor in a college and would come up with dialogues while riding the scooter. His assistant, who would be riding pillion, would write them down. I always told him that he was my guru; I used to touch his feet,HT cited Kapoor as disclosing the tightly guarded secret.