John Heard Has Passed Away

John Heard, who has numerous movie and television credits, has passed away.  Variety reported the  Santa Clara Medical Examiner’s office confirmed Heard’s death. TMZ  is reporting  the actor was found dead in his Palo Alto, California hotel room, days after Heard underwent minor back surgery, according to his representative.


Heard began his acting career in the mid-1970s in an off-Broadway production of Mark Medoff’s play The Wager. From there he went on to play the role of Arthur Dimmesdale in a production of The Scarlet Letter.

Heard had many film roles in the 1980’s that include Chilly Scenes of Winter, Heart Beat, Cutter’s Way, Cat People, and C.H.U.D., as well as supporting roles in After Hours, Big, Beaches, Awakenings, Rambling Rose, The Pelican Brief, My Fellow Americans, Snake Eyes, and Animal Factory. But he is perhaps best remembered as dad Peter McCallister in the 1990’s films Oscar-nominated Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

In 1999, he was nominated for an Emmy for a guest starring role as Vin Makazian on The Sopranos. He was a series regular role in The Client and had numerous key recurring/guest roles in series including CSI: Miami, the original Prison Break, Entourage, CSI: Crime Investigation and more recently Elementary, MacGyver, APB, and Modern Family. He was most recently seen in a guest role in an April episode of The Outsiders.

Heard was 72.

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