John Heard, best known as the dad from the Home Alone movies, passes away aged 71

FP Staff

Jul,23 2017 14:18 30 IST

Best known for essaying the role as the father in the Home Alone movie series, actor John Heard has passed away at the age of 71. He had been on the road to recovery after a painful back surgery, when he died in a hotel room. The same was confirmed by the Santa Clara medical examiner's office, according to a report by The Guardian.

John Heard in a still from the movie Home Alone. Image from Twitter.

John Heard in a still from the movie Home Alone. Image from Twitter.

Apart from Home Alone, Heard was also known for starring in movies like Cat People, Sharknado and After Hours. 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. 

His co-star Jeff Bridges from the 1981 neo-noir classic Cutter's Way led the tributes for Heard on social media, declaring that he was a "wonderful actor".

Born in 1946 in Washington DC, John Heard started his acting career on the stage in the late 1970s. His most recent character portrayal was a man named Andrew in an upcoming vampire movie titled Living Among Us.

Heard was recently cast in a vast and diverse range of television shows and various movies, ranging from criminal series such as NCIS to The Murder Pact, a 2015 film. His acting kitty was ripe with multiple portrayals of characters ranging from different genres of the television world as well as the big screen. Many actors and celebrities paid tribute to Heard, calling him out on his brilliant "artistry" and his eclectic sense of humour, according to the same Guardian report.

Married to Margot Kidder (the actor who essayed the role of Louis Lane in Superman) for six days in 1979, he also had a son named Jack with actor Melissa Leo. A rocky custody battle ensued, after which Heard was arrested for stalking and assault. He also had a son Max, and a daughter Annika from a later marriage. His son Max passed away at the age of 22 in 2016.