Ac­tor John Heard, of ‘Home Alone’ movies, dies at 72

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - OBITUARIES - By David Bauder

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 72.

His death was con­firmed Sat­ur­day 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 5 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.

“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, 1945, 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 Sat­ur­day: “RIP John Heard. Never not good.”

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

BRIAN KERSEY — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE

In this 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. Heard, best known for play­ing the fa­ther in the “Home Alone” movie se­ries, has died. He was 72. His death was con­firmed by the Santa Clara Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner’s of­fice in Cal­i­for­nia on Sat­ur­day.

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