John Heard, the Home Alone and Gladiator actor has reportedly died. The actor who was active in films and on television for the last four decades died in Palo Alto. He was 72.
To be true, despite being 72 he was neither old at heart nor looked that old. On the contrary, he was always full of vigor, energy and dynamism.
A TMZ report while breaking the news of his sudden and unfortunate death said that Heard was found dead in his hotel room in Palo Alto, California. The same report claims that the actor had underwent a minor back surgery at Stanford Medical Center merely two days ago on Wednesday.
Born in the year 1945, the actor started getting noticed on stage. He began with stage, moving to television and then graduating to films. It was in the year 1974 that he got an opportunity to appear off-Broadway in 1974 in Mark Medoff’s play The Wager and at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in 1977 in a series of new plays.
But his big break in Hollywood came in the year 1981, when he got the starring role of Alex Cutter in the film Cutter’s Way. He played the lover of Nastassja Kinski, one of the main characters, in the remake of Cat People (1982). He co-starred as photographer George Cooper in C.H.U.D. (Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers, 1984) alongside future Home Alone co-star Daniel Stern and in The Trip to Bountiful (1985). The actor co-starred with Bette Midler in Beaches (also 1988), and starred in Deceived (1991), with Goldie Hawn, playing Jack Saunders, and starred in Gladiator (1992), with Cuba Gooding, Jr. He played Daugherty in the film Radio Flyer (1992) and FBI agent Gavin Vereek in The Pelican Brief (1993). He starred with Samuel L. Jackson in 1997’s One Eight Seven and was featured in the 2000 miniseries Perfect Murder, Perfect Town.
But the most memorable role that he played was in Home Alone. He played the role of Peter McCallister, as Kevin’s father who unwittingly leaves his son at home when making a Christmas trip to France, in the comedy hit Home Alone. The film went on to be one of the biggest hits of 1990, and Heard reprised the role of McCallister in the sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder filming the first Superman movie, 1978. pic.twitter.com/cm6280yMmi
— History in Pictures (@historypicold) July 22, 2017
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— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) July 22, 2017
RIP John Heard who notably played the father, Peter McCallister in 'Home Alone' as well as many other great movies. pic.twitter.com/HSZDUOtcaz
— History In Pictures (@HistoryInPix) July 22, 2017
RIP John Heard. No one could have played Peter McCalister better pic.twitter.com/x8fSS25K07
— Shooter McGavin (@ShooterMcGavin_) July 22, 2017
That's sad news. RIP John Heard. Star of two of my favourite childhood movies: Home Alone and Big. pic.twitter.com/qz2IJrwAJT
— Tony Shepherd (@tonysheps) July 22, 2017
The actor married thrice, but all his marriages ended in divorce. His first marriage was with actress Margot Kidder in 1979. He has a son, John Matthew “Jack” Heard, with ex-girlfriend Melissa Leo. Heard was arrested in 1991 and charged with third-degree assault for allegedly slapping Leo. He has two other former wives, Sharon Heard and Lana Pritchard. Sharon and Heard have two children together, son Max and a daughter named Annika.
His last marriage didn’t last even a year. Heard and Pritchard married on May 24, 2010, in Los Angeles and divorced on December 22, 2010 after about seven months of marriage. John Heard cause of death is not clear as yet.