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John Heard, Home Alone and The Sopranos star, dies at 72

According to his representative, John Heard was recovering at a California hotel after undergoing back surgery.

hollywood Updated: Jul 23, 2017 16:05 IST
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Press Trust of India, Los Angeles
John Heard,Macaulay Culkin,Home Alone
John Heard played Macaulay Culkin’s father in Home Alone.

John Heard, the actor who played Macaulay Culkin’s father in Home Alone, has died. He was 72. He was found dead in a hotel in Palo Alto, California by a maid service on Friday. According to his representative, John was recovering at the hotel after undergoing back surgery.

Police were called to the hotel for a report of a medical emergency, but he was pronounced dead on the scene, TMZ reported. The coroner is investigating and cause of death is still unclear, but police do not suspect foul play.

Heard began his career in Hollywood in the late 1970s, with his first role in Chilly Scenes of Winter followed by Heart Beat and Cutter’s Way, which has become a classic in recent years. From there, Heard went on to star in the likes of C.H.U.D., Cat People and After Hours as well as took on roles in Big and Beaches.

However, Heard is best known for starring in The Sopranos and playing Macaulay Culkin’s father Peter McCallister in 1990’s Home Alone and again in the sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, two years later.

First Published: Jul 23, 2017 15:28 IST