John Heard, 'Home Alone' Dad, Dead at 72

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But he is perhaps best remembered as dad Peter McCallister in the 1990's films Oscar-nominated Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in NY. California's Santa Clara County medical examiner's office confirmed his death to ABC News.

As TMZ reports, Heard was reportedly staying in a hotel while recovering from "minor back surgery" he underwent on Wednesday, and was found dead in his hotel room by the maid service, according to "family sources". "The person was determined to be deceased".

While his role as Peter McCallister endeared him to generations of moviegoers in a singular way, Heard had a versatile and prolific career on stage as well as in movies and television.

He was later nominated for an Emmy for his role as a corrupt detective on hit mob series The Sopranos.

"John Heard - what a wonderful actor", said Bridges.

From there, Heard went on to star in the likes of C.H.U.D.

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He might have been best known for his role in the Home Alone movies - but actor John Heard admitted he didn't want to be remembered just for that role. Joan directed him in 1977 newspaper drama Between the Lines, Raphael directed him in 1978 prison drama On the Yard, then Joan directed him again in 1979 romantic comedy Chilly Scenes of Winter.

Heard was starred in movies like Cat People, After Hours and Sharknado.

Heard, after the "Home Alone" sagas, seemed to play roles that were either the bad guy or an official of some sort. "Sad to see such a good spirit and actor taken".

Heard's career spanned four-decades with notable supporting roles in Big, Beaches and Awakenings. He had a son, Jack, with the actor Melissa Leo, followed by a rocky custody battle in which Heard was arrested for assault and stalking.

Heard, who lived in Studio City, California at the time of his death, is survived by three children.

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