They say these things come in threes. Last weekend, we lost zombie creator George A. Romero and celebrated actor Martin Landau, and now they’re joined in the afterlife by John Heard. Although most people will remember Heard as just the oblivious dad from Home Alone, and Home Alone 2, he was a very accomplished actor whose screen worked spanned five decades.
Variety is reporting that Heard was found dead in a hotel he was staying at while recovering from back surgery. The Santa Clara Medical Examiner’s office confirmed his death, but has so far released no other information about the circumstances of the case.
Heard began his career off Broadway in the 1970s, and his first credited film appearance was in the TV movie Valley Forge in 1975. He worked steadily in movies and TV, as well as occasional stage work, but then he appeared in the two biggest hits of 1988, Big and Beaches. After that, Heard became a solid character actor and utility player in a number of features including Awakenings, Rambling Rose, In the Line of Fire, and The Pelican Brief. Heard would later win an Emmy in 2000 for a guest run on the first season of The Sopranos as Detective Vin Makazian, a suffering corrupted cop who Tony comes to learn he has a lot in common with.
For the nerds out there, Heard can be seen and enjoyed in movies like Cat People, C.H.U.D., and The Seventh Sign, he also appeared in the second season of the rebooted Battlestar Galactica and was the voice of Ace Morgan in the animated movie Justice League: The New Frontier.
Heard is survived by his John, and his daughter Annika. He was 72 years old.