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John Heard, 'Home Alone''s Peter McCallister dead at 72

23 July 2017

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Palo Alto Police Department tells PEOPLE that a man fitting Heard's description was found dead at a local hotel.

Heard had reportedly been staying at the hotel after "minor back surgery" this week. He was also in "Pelican Brief, ' 'Big, ' 'Gladiator" among others. Heard captured our hearts as Peter McCallister in the Home Alone series, but the actor had a diverse 40-year career including many roles in film, TV, and theater. The coroner is investigating, and cause of death is unclear at this time. but police do not suspect foul play.

He was nominated for an Emmy for his role in The Sopranos where he played cop Vin Makazian.

He also appeared on Prison Break, NCIS and Elementary. In an interview with the AV Club in 2015, Heard said he hoped a role in the viral "Sharknado" movie would move his image along.

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"I knew it was going to be a cult classic", he told the Baltimore Media Blog past year.

One wrote: "John Heard RIP". "I didn't want to be the Home Alone Dad for the rest of my life", he said.

As news of John Heard's passing spreads, social media is ablaze with memories of him during the 80s and 90s.

Heard was married three times, most notably to "Superman" star Margot Kidder. In 1997, he was found guilty of trespassing Leo's home in Baltimore, but was acquitted of charges of trespassing at their son's school.

John Heard, 'Home Alone''s Peter McCallister dead at 72