Actor John Heard dead at 72

From CBC News:

John Heard, best known for his roles in Home Alone, Big, andBeaches, died Friday in California. 

According to the Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office, he was 71. However, Heard’s manager, Tammy Hunt, confirmed to CBC News that he was 72.

She also said Heard was at a hotel recovering from back surgery at the time of his death. The cause of death has not been confirmed.

Heard had a long list of film credits, but was perhaps most recognizable for playing Peter McCallister, the father of Macauley Culkin’s Kevin in the hit 1990 comedy Home Alone and its sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

He began his career off-Broadway before moving into film with the 1979 romantic comedy Chilly Scenes of Winter.

Heard appeared in a number of memorable supporting roles throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including the Academy Award-nominated movie Awakenings alongside Robert De Niro and the late Robin Williams, as well as the legal thriller The Pelican Brief, starring Julia Roberts.