John Heard, the actor who was best known for his role as the father in the Home Alone movies, has died. He was 71.
Heard also starred in movies including Cat People, After Hours and Sharknado, and received an Emmy award for a guest role in the HBO series The Sopranos as Vin Makazian, a corrupt New Jersey detective.
Jeff Bridges, his co-star in the 1981 neo-noir classic Cutter’s Way, led tributes on social media on Saturday, saying Heard was “a wonderful actor”.
Heard was born in 1946 in Washington DC. He started his career on stage in the late 1970s and most recently played a character named Andrew in Living Among Us, a forthcoming movie about vampires.
Heard was best known for his role as Peter McCallister, father of Macaulay Culkin’s Kevin in the Home Alone series, a role he struggled to define at first.
While Home Alone was filming, Heard said in interviews that he wondered what Peter McCallister did for a living and how funny a concerned parent could be.
“He’s a gynecologist. And he’s got, what, 12 kids or something?” Heard told the AV Club in 2015, while he was appearing in the Lizzie Borden Chronicles. “On Home Alone, Catherine [O’Hara] and I, we didn’t know if we could be funny. I think we even said something to each other about it.
Heard’s career spanned across 4 decades on stage and screen, starring in films like Cutter’s Way, After Hours, Big and Awakenings with Robert DeNiro and Robin Williams. Heard also starred in his fair share of B-movie fun, playing a photographer in the original C.H.U.D. and even starring in the first Sharknado.
The actor also had many television credits to his name, appearing in Miami Vice, Tales From The Darkside, and an Emmy-nominated guest appearance on The Sopranos.
RIP John Heard