John Heard, 'Home Alone' actor, dies at 71

John Heard

John Heard was a very popular actor and was well known throughout the film industry.

Earlier this week, representatives for Heard told TMZ the actor underwent minor back surgery at Stanford Medical Center on Wednesday.

Among Heard's other acting credits are roles on hit TV series such as "Modern Family" and "Miami Vice".

His most memorable role came in 1990, when he portrayed Peter McCallister, the father of a family that left its son behind when they went off for a vacation, in the Christmas classic "Home Alone". Becoming a familiar face in many homes thanks to his role in Mom, I missed the plane, John Heard had also participated in some other big budget films such as Big, with Tom Hanks or The Pelican affair to the side By Julia Roberts.

The veteran actor rose to fame after playing Peter McCallister - the father of mischievous Kevin, played by Macaulay Culkin - in the family comedy "Home Alone" and its sequel "Home Alone 2: Lost in NY". Somebody has to die that the audience likes.' I said, 'They like me? He also received an Emmy award for his guest role as Vin Makazian (a corrupt New Jersey detective) in the HBO television series The Sopranos.




"My mother said, 'Why do you have to die in everything?' I said, 'You're telling me?"

"I knew it was going to be a cult classic", he told the Baltimore Media Blog a year ago.

Elijah Wood, who starred in 1992's "Radio Flyer" with Heard, tweeted, "Sad to hear of John's passing". "It's just ridiculous. I thought it would replace people calling me the "Home Alone" dad".

Heard was married to actress Margot Kidder and is survived by his wife and his son and daughter from a previous marriage.

Mr. Heard and Leo were engaged in a custody battle for much of the 1990s, resulting in Mr.

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