“Home Alone” actor John Heard found dead

TV and film actor John Heard,was found dead Friday in a hotel room in Palo Alto, TMZ is reporting. He was 72.

Best known for playing the father in the “Home Alone” movies, Heard, who was living in Studio City, was reportedly staying in a California hotel after undergoing minor back surgery at Stanford Medical Center on Wednesday, according to his spokesman.

Family sources told TMZ that hotel maids discovered his body on Friday afternoon.

The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner’s Office is now investigating the cause of death, which is presently undetermined. A representative from the medical examiner’s office said that an autopsy may be scheduled at a later date.

Born in Washington D.C., the actor began his career in theater before going on to appear in films and TV shows in the early 1980’s. His most famous roles include Tom Hanks’ competitor in “Big” in 1988; he played opposite Bette Midler in “Beaches” and appeared with Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro as a doctor in “Awakenings” 1990. His television credits include “The Sopranos,” for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1999, “Battlestar Galactica” and “CSI: Miami.”  He also starred in the first “Sharknado” TV movie in 2013.

Married briefly to actress Margot Kidder in 1979, that relationship dissolved in just six days before he went on to father a son with actress Melissa Leo and was married two more times. He is survived by three children.

Fans and colleagues have been mourning his death on social media.

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