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John Heard Cause Of Death: How Did The ‘Home Alone’ Actor Die?


On Friday, 72-year-old John Heard passed away at a hotel in Palo Alto, California. The beloved actor was best known for his portrayal of Peter McCallister in Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, and we have the latest report on this awful news.

Cause of Death

Via TMZ, here are the sad details on Heard’s passing.

Heard was found dead in a hotel by the maid service … according to family sources. Police were called to the hotel for a report of a medical emergency, but he was pronounced dead on the scene. The coroner is investigating, and cause of death is unclear at this time.

We do know this … according to his rep, John had “minor back surgery” Wednesday at Stanford Medical Center, and he was staying at the hotel while he recovered.


Heard began his career as a stage actor, and he made his on-screen debut in 1975, playing Mr. Harvie in the TV movie Valley Forge. Heard would appear in a ton of different projects over the years, taking on both leading and supporting roles in TV and film.

Some of Heard’s most notable parts over his illustrious career were Alex Cutter in Cutter’s Way (1981), Oliver Yates in Cat People (1982), George Cooper in C.H.U.D. (1984), Tom Schorr in After Hours (1985), Paul Davenport in Big (1988), John Pierce in Beaches (1988), Dr. Kaufman in Awakenings (1991), Gavin Vereek in The Pelican Brief (1993), and Gilbert Powell in Snake Eyes (1998).

In 1999, Heard was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his work as Detective Vin Makazian on The Sopranos.

But despite all of these roles, Heard will always be “the dad from Home Alone” to a lot of people. Heard played Kevin McCallister’s (Macaulay Culkin) father, Peter McCallister, in both Home Alone (1990) and Home Along 2: Lost in New York (1992).

R.I.P. to an acting legend, who brings so much joy to the Hasty household every holiday season.

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