Dharam Dev Pishorimal Anand (26 September 1923 -- 3 December 2011), better known as Dev Anand, was an Indian film actor, writer, director and producer known for his work in Hindi cinema. Dev Anand is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema.
A rapid-fire style of dialogue delivery and a penchant for nodding while speaking became Dev's style in films like House No. 44, Pocket Maar, Munimji, Funtoosh, C.I.D. and Paying Guest. In the fifties his films were based on mystery genre or light comedy love stories or were films with social relevance like ''Ek Ke Baad Ek'' and Funtoosh. His style was lapped up by the audience and is widely imitated even today.
Dev Anand died in his room at The Washington Mayfair Hotel in London at the age of 88 on 3 December 2011 (4 December 2011 by Indian Standard Time) of a cardiac arrest.