John Heard, Who Played The Father In The “Home Alone” Films, Found Dead

The Veteran of TV and film also delivered memorable roles in ‘After Hours,’ ‘Big,’ ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Cutter’s Way’

John Heard, the actor who portrayed Kevin McAllister’s father in a pair of ‘Home Alone’ films, has died at the age of 72. Rodrigo Vaz/FilmMagic

John Heard, the actor who portrayed Kevin McCallister’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, VarietyreportsTMZ 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.