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    Source: TMZ

    'Home Alone' Dad Dead at 72

    John Heard Dead at 72

    John Heard, the beloved star of several huge 80s and 90s movies, died Friday in Palo Alto, CA ... TMZ has learned.

    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's most iconic role was as Peter McCallister, the dad in the "Home Alone" movies.
    He also had roles in "Big," "Beaches," "Gladiator" and "Pelican Brief" -- to name just a few -- and also a slew of TV roles on "Miami Vice," "The Sopranos" ... and even the first "Sharknado."
    John was 72.







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    He was 72?

    I didn't think he was that old.
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    Default Actor John Heard dies at 72

    Actor John Heard has died at 72. He was most famous for his role as Peter McAllister, Kevin's dad, in Home Alone. It looks like he was recovering from back surgery in Palo Alto, CA and died in a hotel there. Very sad. RIP.

    Actor John Heard, Who Played Dad in 'Home Alone' Films, Dies at 72 - NBC News


    ETA - I did a search and didn't see that this was already posted!

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    he definitely is a very familiar face to me, didn't really know his name. sometimes i got him mixed up with ryan o'neil

    will be sad to see him not play the bad guy (in most of what i've seen him in) anymore.
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    I didn't think he was that old either. I didn't know his real name, just his face. I wonder if his death was linked with the surgery itself, or medication. So sad.
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    Didn't director John Frankenheimer die as the result of back surgery at a similar age? I've read that back surgery is to be avoided at all cost except in dire emergency.

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    Might have been a post surgical blood clot.
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    Thanks for posting a pic, I was thinking of John Hurt, who was in Alien and Elephant Man, but apparently he died earlier this year. Always got them confused, back in the day there was John Heard, John Hurt, and then William Hurt, and I remember John Heard was in this movie with Mary Beth Hurt, who was William Hurt's wife at the time.

    I too was surprised he was 72. So I looked up William Hurt, he's 67. I loved him back in his heyday Body Heat days.

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    Great actor, RIP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trixie View Post
    Thanks for posting a pic, I was thinking of John Hurt, who was in Alien and Elephant Man, but apparently he died earlier this year. Always got them confused, back in the day there was John Heard, John Hurt, and then William Hurt, and I remember John Heard was in this movie with Mary Beth Hurt, who was William Hurt's wife at the time.

    I too was surprised he was 72. So I looked up William Hurt, he's 67. I loved him back in his heyday Body Heat days.

    Ok then. RIP, John Heard.
    Nothing about his daughter, Amber?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trixie View Post
    Thanks for posting a pic, I was thinking of John Hurt, who was in Alien and Elephant Man, but apparently he died earlier this year. Always got them confused, back in the day there was John Heard, John Hurt, and then William Hurt, and I remember John Heard was in this movie with Mary Beth Hurt, who was William Hurt's wife at the time.

    I too was surprised he was 72. So I looked up William Hurt, he's 67. I loved him back in his heyday Body Heat days.

    Ok then. RIP, John Heard.
    I thought I was the only one who had to cycle through all that in my brain every time I (Amber) heard (that was for you, Mo) one of their names.

    That said, John was in so many things and a great actor. I'd forgotten he was Caleigh Duquesne's alcoholic Dad on CSI: Miami. I still think 72 is way too young. RIP.
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    How old was he in Home Alone? He must have looked fantastic for his age.
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    I didn't know his name, but of course I've seen him in many movies. May he RIP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by levitt View Post
    How old was he in Home Alone? He must have looked fantastic for his age.
    45. I remember him having a really ugly breakup with his ex, Melissa Leo

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