‘Home Alone’ dad John Heard dies at 72

This file photo taken on October 03, 2009 shows actor John Heard arriving at the 7th Annual Acts Of Love, Autism Speaks’ Benefit at the Santa Monica College Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica, California. — AFP pic
This file photo taken on October 03, 2009 shows actor John Heard arriving at the 7th Annual Acts Of Love, Autism Speaks’ Benefit at the Santa Monica College Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica, California. — AFP pic

LOS ANGELES, July 23 — Actor John Heard, best known for playing the father in the hit 90s-era Home Alone films, has died, according to US media. He was 72.

Entertainment website TMZ said the actor was found dead in a Palo Alto, California hotel where he was recuperating following back surgery.

Heard’s representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The veteran actor rose to fame after playing Peter McCallister — the father of mischievous Kevin, played by Macaulay Culkin — in the family comedy Home Alone and its sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

Born in Washington DC on March 7, 1945, Heard worked in theatre prior to transitioning to the silver screen. Though most people knew him as the Home Alone Dad, Heard also acted in films including Between the Lines, Heart Beat, Cutter’s Way and Big.

In 1999 he scored an Emmy nomination for playing a corrupt detective on the acclaimed mafia drama series The Sopranos. His other television appearances included CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Modern Family and Entourage.

Actor Jeff Bridges took to Twitter to honour his former co-star: “John Heard — what a wonderful actor. We were in the movie Cutter’s Way together & I got to experience his artistry and dedication first hand.” — AFP

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