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Actor John Heard Dies at 72

Heard is Fondly Remember for His Role as Peter McCallister on the 'Home Alone' Franchise

John Heard, who is remembered for playing the father on the “Home Alone” franchise, has died according to the Santa Clara Medical Examiner coroner. His body was discovered in a hotel room near Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, where he had recently undergone back surgery.

Born March 7, 1945 in Washington, D.C., Heard launched his career with a role in a 1974 off-Broadway production of “The Wager.” Heard then appeared in a series of stage roles on Broadway, including his Obie Award-winning performance in “Othello” in 1979.

Heard’s acting resume included roles in movies “Between the Lines” (1977), “Chilly Scenes of Winter” (1979), “Heart Beat” (1981), “Cutter’s Way” (1981), “Big” (1988), “The Milagro Beanfield War” (1988), “Beaches” 1988), “Awakenings” 1992) and “Gladiator” (1992). On television, he appeared in three regularly scheduled scripted dramas: “The Client” (1995-96), “Jack & Bobby” (2004-05) and the 2005-06 season of Fox’s “Prison Break.” Also of note was an ongoing role on HBO,s “The Sopranos,” which resulted in an Emmy nomination for Guest Actor in a Drama in 1999.
Heard, who lived in Studio City, California at the time of his death, is survived by three children, John Matthew Heard III, Max Heard and Annika Heard.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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