John Heard, 72, best known for portraying dad in Home Alone films, is found dead 'by maid service at California hotel'

  • John Heard was found dead in a hotel in Palo Alto, California, according to TMZ
  • Reportedly had minor surgery on his back on Wednesday and was recovering
  • Best known for playing  Peter McCallister - the father in the Home Alone movies

John Heard, was found dead in a hotel

The actor best known for playing the father in the Home Alone movies has died at the age of 72.

John Heard, was found dead in a hotel in Palo Alto, California, on Friday, according to TMZ, quoting family sources.

The Washington DC native was reportedly discovered by the maid service and was pronounced dead on the scene.

Heard's rep told the gossip website the actor had minor back surgery on Wednesday and he was at the hotel to recover.

A Palo Alto Police Department spokesman told People: 'I can confirm that our officers responded with the Fire Department to a hotel in our city yesterday on a report of a person in need of medical aid. 

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

John Heard is best known for playing the father in the Home Alone movies (pictured in Home Alone 2)

John Heard is best known for playing the father in the Home Alone movies (pictured in Home Alone 2)

Heard played Peter McCallister - Macaulay Culkin's character's father (pictured together) - in the Home Alone movies

Heard played Peter McCallister - Macaulay Culkin's character's father (pictured together) - in the Home Alone movies

The cause of death is not known.

Heard played Peter McCallister - Macaulay Culkin's character's father - in the Home Alone movies. 

He also starred in Big with Tom Hanks, Gladiator, The Sopranos and Battlestar Galactica.

Heard had been married three times and is survived by three children. 

In 1991 he was arrested and charged with third-degree assault for allegedly slapping his former partner Melissa Leo, according to Fox News. Then in 1997, he was found guilty of trespassing at her Baltimore home.

Heard also starred in Big with Tom Hanks, Gladiator, The Sopranos (pictured) and Battlestar Galactica

Heard also starred in Big with Tom Hanks, Gladiator, The Sopranos (pictured) and Battlestar Galactica

 

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