Actor John Heard of ‘Sopranos,”Home Alone,”Prison Break’ Dead at 72.

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July 22, 2017
  • Veteran actor John Heard who was best known for playing the dad in the Home Alone movies has passed away at the age of 72.

Veteran character actor John Heard has passed away at the age of 72 in Palo Alto, Calif.

The Santa Clara County coroner’s office confirmed to Deadline that the cause of death is currently under investigation.

Heard had a lengthy roster of film and television credits throughout a career spanning four decades, including playing the forgetful father in Home Alone and its sequel.

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“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 unclear at this time.”

In addition to Home Alone, Heard will be remembered for frequent film work throughout the 1980s and ’90s, including such films as Cutter’s Way, Cat People, After Hours, Big, Beaches, Awakenings and The Pelican Brief, among others. He launched his career on Broadway in the mid-1970s.

On the small screen, Heard received a 1999 Emmy nomination in for his guest-starring appearance as New Jersey police detective Vin Makazian, who fed information to mob boss Tony Soprano on The Sopranos.

More recently, Heard had been a frequent guest star on an array of TV series, including such shows as CSI: Miami, Prison Break, Elementary, MacGyver, Modern Family and APB, while also appearing in the Internet-breaking Sharknado back in 2013. As Deadline notes, he was most recently seen in an episode of The Outsiders that aired in April.

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