John Heard, who played the dad in ‘Home Alone,’ dead at 71

John Heard, who played Kevin McCallister’s dad in “Home Alone,” died on Friday.

He was 71.

Heard, who was well-known for his role as Peter McCallister in the popular ’90s “Home Alone” flicks, was found dead on Friday,the Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office confirmed to the Daily News.

Police were called to the hotel on a report of a medical emergency after the actor’s body was reportedly discovered by a maid, according to TMZ.

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Actor John Heard died on Friday at 72.

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A rep for the actor told TMZ that the star had minor back surgery on Wednesday and was recovering in a hotel.

In addition to his iconic role in “Home Alone,” Heard also starred in “Big,” “White Chicks,” “Beaches” and “The Pelican Brief,” among others.

He also appeared on TV in “The Sopranos,” “Sharknado,” “The Scarlet Letter” and “Miami Vice.” His guest role in “The Sopranos” as Vin Makazian earned him an Emmy nomination in 1999.

The Washington, D.C., native revealed in 2008 that he thought he could have done more with his career.

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“I sort of got sidetracked. But that’s OK, that’s all right, that’s the way it is …” he said in the 411Mania interview. “I don’t have any regrets. Except that I could have played some bigger parts.”

In 2016, Heard told the Baltimore Media Blog that his favorite role was in “Sharknado.”

“I thought it would replace people calling me the ‘Home Alone Dad,’” he said.

Heard first began acting in an off-broadway play “The Wager” and later performed on Broadway, including an Obie Award-winning performance of “Othello” in 1979. He made is on-screen debut in 1975 in a TV movie called “Valley Forge.” He went on to land roles in countless other films and TV shows. Most recently, he just wrapped on projects “Imprisoned,” “The Tale,” “Last Rampage” and “Living Among Us.”

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John Heard and Catherine O’hara in “Home Alone.”


The actor was reportedly still filming a starring role in the movie “Broome Street Boys,” according to his IMDb page.

Heard, who lived in Studio City, Ca. at the time of his death, is survived by three children, Max, Annika and John. He shares Max and Annika with ex-wife Sharon, who was married to from 1988 to 1996. He shares John, 30, with ex-girlfriend Melissa Leo. In 2010, he married Lana Pritchard and the couple divorced after just seven months of marriage.

His cause of death is unclear at this time, but the Coroner’s Office said there is no evidence of foul play.

A rep for Heard did not immediately respond to a Daily News request for comment.

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