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Actor John Heard, of 'Home Alone' movies dead

Published:Sunday | July 23, 2017 | 12:00 AM
In this April 5, 2006 file photo, actor John Heard, who stars as Alex, rehearses for Steppenwolf Theatre's production of Don DeLillo's play, 'Love-Lies-Bleeding', in Chicago.


Actor John Heard, whose many roles included the father in the Home Alone series and a corrupt detective in The Sopranos, has died. He was 72.

His death was confirmed yesterday by the Santa Clara Medical Examiner's office in California. TMZ reported that Heard, who lived in southern California, was found at a Palo Alto, California, hotel where he was recovering from back surgery.

Heard played Peter McCallister, the father of Kevin, played by Macaulay Culkin, in Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

He said in later interviews that he sought a movie with kids in it so his son, age five at the time, could come to the set and have someone to play with.

After it became a big hit, he was reluctant to revisit the role but his agent convinced him the money was too good to pass up.

Heard was married and divorced three times, including briefly to actress Margot Kidder. He had three children.