John Heard, of 'Home Alone' movies, dies at 72

He then reprised the role in 1992's "Home Alone 2: Lost in NY". Another great actor! RIP John Heard, you will be missed!

John Heard, pictured here at an event in 2013.

The "Sopranos" actor, who began his career in the 1970s, had "minor back surgery" earlier this week and was recovering at the hotel in Palo Alto, Calif., TMZ reported.

According to a report from ABC News, authorities are still in the process of determining John Heard's cause of death, but investigations have not yielded any sign of foul play.

He was dynamic in film for the following decade, playing Tom Hanks' opponent in "Enormous", performer Geraldine Page's child in "The Trip to Bountiful" and in the motion pictures "The Pelican Brief", "Shorelines", "Combatant", "Drifting Rose" and "Night-time". Heard's last movie role was in the 2016 drama, So B. It.

His memorable roles in the 1980s included starring in "Cutter's Way", playing Nastassja Kinski's lover in the 1983 remake of "Cat People", and starring alongside "Home Alone" actor Daniel Stern in 1984's "C.H.U.D".

"John was the very first person I knew to be in a movie".

Stern concludes his letter by saying there was "nothing more intense than Heard's performance in his life", saying he was someone who "lived it hard, fast and fearlessly". He was as loyal and as generous as they come.

Elizabeth Perkins, who appeared with Heard in "Big", called him "the flawless foil, perfectly sly & a ideal gentleman". He was a friend and brother and a legend in his time.

Bette Midler called him "one of the best actors of his generation".

Friends and fellow Hollywood stars remembered Heard on Saturday. "I was a theater rat in high school and NY only meant trying to be a professional actor in the theater", he wrote.

  • Kyle Peterson