Veteran film at TV actor John Heard, best known for playing the role of hapless dad Peter McAllister in Home Alone, passed away in Los Angeles on Friday. He was 72.
The Santa Clara Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed his death late on Saturday, local time. The actor was found in a Palo Alto hotel room, where he was recovering from back surgery.
Police were called to the hotel, but Heard was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene. No further information has been released about the cause of his death.
Heard began his career as a stage actor in the 1970s, but is arguably best known for his performances in Home Alone and its sequel Home Alone 2: Lost In New York.
He also made a memorable appearance as a corrupt police detective in The Sopranos, and the performance scored him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor.
Friends and colleagues have paid tribute, including Cutter’s Way co-star Jeff Bridges, who remembered Heard as a “wonderful actor” with dedication to his artistry.
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.
— Jeff Bridges (@TheJeffBridges) July 22, 2017
Rest in peace.
Photo: 20th Century Fox.