Home Alone actor John Heard, 72, has died

John Heard is best known for playing the father in the Home Alone movies

The hotel reportedly alerted police to a medical emergency after the facility's maid service found an unresponsive Heard in his room, according to "family sources" who spoke to TMZ (which first reported the news). As of late, the cause of his death remains to be unknown, but a representative from the Palo Alto police department confirmed his untimely demise. He appeared off-Broadway in 1974 in Mark Medoff's play The Wager and at the Eugene O'Neil Theater Center in 1977 in a series of different plays. He went on to act in Broadway productions, including "Othello", for which he won an Obie Award in 1979. John and Sharon Heard were married from 1988 to 1996 and had three children.

His memorable roles in the 1980s included starring in "Cutter's Way", playing Nastassja Kinski's lover in the 1983 remake of "Cat People", and starring alongside "Home Alone" actor Daniel Stern in 1984's "C.H.U.D".

He also starred in Big with Tom Hanks, Beaches opposite Bette Midler, The Sopranos and Battlestar Galactica, among other roles on the big and small screens.

Heard was one of the few actors who could do justice in a comedy role as he did with his many roles in dramas. In an interview with the AV Club in 2015, Heard said he hoped a role in the viral "Sharknado" movie would move his image along.

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In addition to these incredible projects, Heard also made numerous appearances on our TV screens, including his role as corrupt detective Vin Makazian on The Sopranos and as Commander Barry Garner in Battlestar Galactica. His presence was felt, his skill made movies and television shows better, and he will be missed.

"Devastated to hear of the passing of lifelong friend John Heard".

'I wanted to take him somewhere where he could play with other kids, and he did, ' he recalled.

Heard is now survived by his his son Jack, with the actor Melissa Leo, and daughter, Annika, from a later marriage.

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