Saturday, July 22, 2017

John Heard Has Died



John Heard, the actor who portrayed Kevin McAllister's father in a pair of Home Alone films, has died at the age of 72. The Santa Clara Medical Examiner’s office confirmed Heard's death, Variety reports. TMZ adds that the actor was found dead in his Palo Alto, California hotel room, just days after Heard underwent minor back surgery, his rep said.

An Obie Award-winning actor before he came to Hollywood, Heard broke out in the late Seventies thanks to his role in Chilly Scenes of Winter, which was followed by starring roles in 1980's Heart Beat, where he portrayed Jack Kerouac, and 1981's Cutter's Way, with Heard delivering a remarkable turn as a conspiracy-minded Vietnam vet. Essentially ignored upon release, the film has since earned a reputation as a forgotten classic.

The early Eighties also found Heard in prominent roles in films like C.H.U.D., Cat People and Martin Scorsese's After Hours, where the actor played a seemingly sympathetic bartender. Toward the end of the decade, Heard found his niche giving depth to supporting roles, whether as Tom Hanks' nemesis in Big or Bette Midler's husband in Beaches.

However, Heard will be remembered as Macaulay Culkin's father Peter McCallister in the 1990 smash Home Alone and its 1992 sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

"At the time, we didn’t know the movie was funny," Heard said of the role to Baltimore Media Blog. "We were playing the parents who lost their kid, so we didn’t how funny-stupid we could be."

Thanks to the success of the film, Heard would be referred to on the street as "Home Alone Dad," even though the actor's résumé logged dozens of TV and film credits over the ensuing decades, including roles in My Fellow Americans, Awakenings, In the Line of Fire, Pelican Brief, Pollock, Sharknado and an Emmy-nominated reoccurring role as a duplicitous detective on The Sopranos. Most recently, Heard appeared on the Fox police drama APB, although the actor was set to appear in the film Last Rampage that's due out in September.

"I am shocked and saddened to awake to the news that John Heard passed away last night," actor Robert Patrick, who starred alongside Heard in Last Rampage, wrote on Instagram. "Such a gifted actor! I am so grateful I had the opportunity to watch, work, and spend time with him. This is tragic news."

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John Heard Has Died | Celebrity Review said...

[…] John Heard, the actor who portrayed Kevin McAllister’s father in a pair of Home Alone films, has died at the age of 72. The Santa Clara Medical Examiner’s office confirmed Heard’s death, Variety reports. TMZ adds that the actor was found dead in his Palo Alto, California hotel room, just days after Heard underwent minor back surgery, his rep said. An Obie Award-winning actor before he came to Hollywood, Heard broke out in the late Seventies thanks to his role in Chilly Scenes of Winter, which was followed by starring roles in 1980’s Heart Beat, where he portrayed Jack Kerouac, and 1981’s Cutter’s Way, with Heard delivering a remarkable turn as a conspiracy-minded Vietnam vet. Essentially ignored upon release, the film has since earned a reputation as a forgotten classic. The early Eighties also found Heard in prominent roles in films like C.H.U.D., Cat People and Martin Scorsese’s After Hours, where the actor played a seemingly sympathetic bartender. Toward the end of the decade, Heard found his niche giving depth to supporting roles, whether as Tom Hanks’ nemesis in Big or Bette Midler’s husband in Beaches. However, Heard will be remembered as Macaulay Culkin’s father Peter McCallister in the 1990 smash Home Alone and its 1992 sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. “At the time, we didn’t know the movie was funny,” Heard said of the role to Baltimore Media Blog. “We were playing the parents who lost their kid, so we didn’t how funny-stupid we could be.” Thanks to the success of the film, Heard would be referred to on the street as “Home Alone Dad,” even though the actor’s résumé logged dozens of TV and film credits over the ensuing decades, including roles in My Fellow Americans, Awakenings, In the Line of Fire, Pelican Brief, Pollock, Sharknado and an Emmy-nominated reoccurring role as a duplicitous detective on The Sopranos. Most recently, Heard appeared on the Fox police drama APB, although the actor was set to appear in the film Last Rampage that’s due out in September. “I am shocked and saddened to awake to the news that John Heard passed away last night,” actor Robert Patrick, who starred alongside Heard in Last Rampage, wrote on Instagram. “Such a gifted actor! I am so grateful I had the opportunity to watch, work, and spend time with him. This is tragic news.” The post John Heard Has Died appeared first on CRAZY DAYS AND NIGHTS. Source: John Heard Has Died […]

French girl said...

And Mélissa Leo' s crazy ex boyfriend

Do Tell said...

That is a shame. I wonder if it was a blood clot.

Farmgirl said...

He was a long time neighbor around here, and was an active member of the community. I was sorry to read this.

July August said...

There's some crazy stories about him in hollywood in the 70's & 80's.

Allison said...

It's so sad when a good actor is remembered for their WORST work. Home Alone sucked. Same thing happened to Robin Williams. All his great work and people remember that hideous mess Mrs. Doubtfire.

Renshaw said...

While I honor the privacy he's entitled to, I wonder what this 'minor' back surgery was. Did he die as a result of it. John was single and probably lived alone so going to a hotel where room service can cover some needs, it makes sense. RIP John.

police dog said...

you think Home Alone sucked?

my guess is you're pretty damn old if you were an adult when that came out, which makes me not surprised you are critical of it. it is by no means an oscar winner, but its a holiday classic.

must be unfortunate to be old and bitter, allison.

Allison said...

No silly I'm not old. I just hate stupid movies. Some of us have IQ's above 78. You need to work on your manners, your post was unnecessarily hostile.

Lance said...

I'm 33 and I think Home Alone sucked too.

Emmaf said...

Wasn't he involved with Shirley Maclaine at some point? I had a mental thing from one of her autobiographies.

AndrewBW said...

RIP.

HH314 said...

RIP Kevin's dad