John Heard: Home Alone actor dies aged 71

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The actor John Heard, best known for his role in the Home Alone films, has died at the age of 71.

Heard was found dead on Friday in his hotel room in Palo Alto, California, according to celebrity news website TMZ.

The Santa Clara medical examiner’s office confirmed the death. The cause is unknown.

Heard had reportedly been staying at the hotel after “minor back surgery” this week.

“Our officers responded with the Fire Department to a hotel in our city on a report of a person in need of medical aid,” the Palo Alto police department said.

“The person was determined to be deceased. While still under investigation, the death is not considered suspicious at this time.”

‘Artistry and dedication’

Arguably Heard’s most memorable role was as Peter McCallister, the father of Macaulay Culkin’s character in the Home Alone films, in the 1990s.

But he first started acting in the 1970s, appearing on the stage, on television and in film.