John Heard, the actor famously known for playing the father in the “Home Alone” movie series and a corrupt detective in “The Sopranos,” was found dead in a Palo Alto hotel Friday, according to the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office. He was 71.
Heard’s cause of death is not yet known at this time. An autopsy was completed Saturday morning, but further testing, including toxicology, is needed to determine the exact cause, according to officials.
Based on a preliminary investigation, officials said there is no evidence of foul play.
Dominic Mancini, a talent agent representing Heard, talked to Heard last week and was told that the actor was slated to have a medical procedure done on his back. Mancini later tried to call Heard, but he wasn’t able to reach him.
“I will miss John,” Mancini said in a statement. “He was truly one of a kind and an amazing talent. His blend of comedy and quirkiness was unmatched.”
Heard played Peter McCallister, the father of Kevin, played by Macaulay Culkin, in “Home Alone” and “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.” He said in later interviews that he sought a movie with kids in it so his son, age 5 at the time, could come to the set and have someone to play with.
After it became a big hit, he was reluctant to revisit the role but his agent convinced him the money was too good to pass up.
“I didn’t want to be the ‘Home Alone’ dad for the rest of my life,” he told Yahoo News in 2013