John Matthew Heard Jr. (March 7, 1945 – July 21, 2017) was an American film and television actor.
He had lead roles in several films, including Chilly Scenes of Winter, Heart Beat, Cutter’s Way, Cat People, and C.H.U.D., as well as supporting roles in After Hours, Big, Beaches, Awakenings, Rambling Rose, The Pelican Brief, My Fellow Americans, Snake Eyes, and Animal Factory.
He also played Peter McCallister in Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, as well as appearing in Sharknado. Heard was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1999 for guest starring on The Sopranos.
The actor is best known for playing the father in the Home Alone movies
He was found dead at a hotel in Palo Alto, California, TMZ reports. His representative reported he was staying there as he recovered from back surgery.
Heard was married three times, most notably to “Superman” star Margot Kidder.
Though Heard found enduring success with a long line of supporting roles, he could never shake his “Home Alone” character.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.
“This is going to be a huge hit,” he said of the film. “That is going to put to rest the ‘Home Alone’ dad image.”
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