John Heard, famous to movie fans as the father in the beloved Home Alone movies, died Friday, TMZ reports. He was 72.
TMZ reports Heard's body was discovered in a Palo Alto, California, hotel by housekeeping. Variety reports Heard was recovering there from back surgery. Police were called, but the Santa Clara Medical Examiner's office confirmed he was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death is not known at this time.
Heard appeared in many of the biggest and some of the most acclaimed movies of the '80s and '90s, usually as a supporting player, including: After Hours (1985), The Trip to Bountiful (1985), Beaches (1988), Big (1988), Awakenings (1990) and both Home Alone movies (1990 & 1992).
He was married and divorced three times, including a six-day union with Margot Kidder. He has two surviving children, one of whom with Oscar winner Melissa Leo. Some real nastiness, including police charges, surrounding his relationship with Leo, but RIP to all that.