Home Alone dad, So­pra­nos’ bad de­tec­tive

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

NEW YORK — 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 71.

His death was con­firmed Satur­day by the med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice in Santa Clara, Calif. TMZ re­ported that Heard, who lived in south­ern Cal­i­for­nia, was found at a Palo Alto, Calif., 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 5 at the time, could go to the set and have some­one to play with.

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

“I didn’t want to be the

Home Alone dad for the rest of my life,” he told Ya­hoo News in 2013.

He was born March 7, 1946, in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., and grew up per­form­ing in lo­cal the­ater. One of his mem­o­rable early roles was as a dis­abled Viet­nam War vet­eran in the 1981 film Cut­ter’s Way.

He was ac­tive in film for the next decade, play­ing Tom Hanks’ ri­val in Big, ac­tress Geral­dine Page’s son in The Trip to Boun­ti­ful and in the movies The Pel­i­can Brief, Beaches, Gla­di­a­tor, Ram­bling Rose and Af­ter Hours.

He earned an Emmy nom­i­na­tion for play­ing Vin Makazian in The So­pra­nos. Tele­vi­sion also kept him busy. He acted in CSI: Crime Scene In­ves­ti­ga­tion, Ele­men­tary, Prison Break, Mod­ern Fam­ily and En­tourage. One of his fa­vorite jobs came in the orig­i­nal Shark­nado tele­vi­sion movie in 2013.

“I knew it was go­ing to be a cult clas­sic,” he told the Bal­ti­more Me­dia Blog last year. “It’s just ridicu­lous. I thought it would re­place peo­ple call­ing me the Home Alone dad.”

Fel­low ac­tor Michael McKean paid trib­ute on Twit­ter on Satur­day: “RIP John Heard. Never not good.”

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

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