John Heard, who’s perhaps best known for his work as Peter McCallister in the classic ’90s comedy Home Alone and its sequel, has died at the age of 72*. Per Variety, Heard was found dead in a hotel room in Palo Alto, California, days after undergoing minor back surgery. Besides Home Alone, Heard had a prolific career in television, film, and theater, appearing in well over 200 projects since he began acting in the 1970s. Some of his other well-known roles include the corrupt police detective Vin Makazian in The Sopranos, which netted him an Emmy nomination for Oustanding Guest Actor in a Drama in 1999; Paul Davenport in 1988’s Big alongside Tom Hanks; John Pierce in 1988’s Beaches; and, most recently, the original Sharknado TV movie. He is survived by three children from two marriages.
*Heard’s age was previously incorrect. We regret the error.