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Home Alone and Gladiator actor John Heard dies aged 72

John Heard
John Heard, best known as Peter McAllister in the Home Alone movies, has died aged 72 in California. Photo: Getty
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Emmy-nominated actor John Heard, best known for playing the father in the Home Alone movie series, has died at the age of 72.

His death was confirmed by the Santa Clara Medical Examiner’s office in California late on Saturday, local time.

TMZ reported that Heard, who lived in southern California, was found at a Palo Alto, California, hotel where he was recovering from back surgery.

According to the site, police had been called to the hotel to reports of a medical emergency, but Heard was pronounced dead at the scene.

Heard played Peter McCallister, the father of Kevin, played by Macaulay Culkin, in Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

He earned an Emmy nomination for a guest role as a corrupt police detective in The Sopranos.

Heard also played Tom Hanks’ rival in the movie Big.

He was briefly married to fellow actor Margot Kidder, who played Lois Lane in the Superman films alongside Christopher Reeve.

John Heard and James Gandolfini in The Sopranos
John Heard starred as a corrupt cop alongside James Gandolfini in The Sopranos. Photo: HBO

Also among his list of film credits were Battlestar Galactica, Beaches — opposite Bette Midler – Gladiator and White Chicks.

Fellow actor and co-star of Cutter’s Way, Jeff Bridges posted his condolences for the “wonderful actor” on Twitter.

Fans say ‘Goodbye to Mr McCallister’