John Heard (actor)
|Born||John Matthew Heard, Jr.
March 7, 1945
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Margot Kidder (1979-1980)
Sharon Heard (1988-1996) (2 children)
Lana Pritchard (2010-2010)
|Partner(s)||Melissa Leo (formerly) (1 child)|
|Children||John Matthew Heard III (b. 1987)
John Matthew Heard, Jr. (born March 7, 1945) is a prolific and popular American film and television character actor. His notable credits include C.H.U.D., After Hours, a critically acclaimed supporting role as the antagonist in Big, The Milagro Beanfield War, Awakenings, arguably his most famous role as Peter Mcallister in Home Alone and Home Alone 2, Radio Flyer, The Pelican Brief, Snake Eyes, Animal Factory, Beaches, Cutter's Way, Rambling Rose, Between the Lines, White Chicks, Cat People, Chilly Scenes of Winter, and Sharknado.
Heard was born in Washington, D.C., the son of John Matthew Sr. and Helen Heard. He attended Gonzaga College High School; Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts; and Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C. He grew up with two sisters, one of whom, Cordis, is also an actor, and a brother, Matthew, who died in 1975.
In the 1970s, Heard appeared on the stage, television and film. He appeared off-Broadway in 1974 in Mark Medoff's play The Wager and at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in 1977 in a series of new plays. In 1979 he played Arthur Dimmesdale in a television production of The Scarlet Letter. Heard won Obie Awards for his performances in Othello and Split in 1979–80. He was the male lead in the 1979 film Head Over Heels (which was renamed and rereleased as Chilly Scenes of Winter in 1982).
In 1981, he had the starring role of Alex Cutter in the film Cutter's Way. He played the lover of Nastassja Kinski, one of the main characters, in the remake of Cat People. In 1984, he co-starred as photographer George Cooper in C.H.U.D. (Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers) alongside future Home Alone co-star Daniel Stern. The Trip to Bountiful is a 1985 film in which he had a starring role. In Heaven Help Us (also known as Catholic Boys), John Heard played as a monk named Brother Timothy in the 1985 comedy-drama film. In After Hours that same year, Heard was bartender Tom Schorr.
In 1988 he was seen in the film The Milagro Beanfield War. Later that year he had a notable role playing Paul, Tom Hanks's adult corporate competitor and jilted boyfriend of Elizabeth Perkins, in Big. He co-starred with Bette Midler in Beaches in 1988, and played real-life Ku Klux Klan leader D.C. Stephenson in the TV-miniseries Cross of Fire in 1989. In 1991, he starred in Deceived (opposite Goldie Hawn), playing Jack Saunders, and in 1992, he starred in Gladiator, opposite Cuba Gooding, Jr.
In 1990, Heard starred in the philosophical film Mindwalk, in which three characters from different socialitical and poetical backgrounds express their opinions on the human experience.
The 1990's also saw Heard in Awakenings alongside Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. Also in 1992, he played Daugherty in the film Radio Flyer. In 1993 he played FBI agent Gavin Vereek in The Pelican Brief. In 1994 he played the part of David Manning in the ABC miniseries Out on a Limb, which depicted Shirley MacLaine's written account, of the same name, of her journey toward acceptance of spiritual and extraterrestrial realities. He starred with Samuel L. Jackson in 1997's One Eight Seven and was featured in the 2000 miniseries Perfect Murder, Perfect Town. He has had roles on The Sopranos as crooked cop Vin Makazian for which he received an Emmy nomination as outstanding guest actor, and on Battlestar Galactica as Commander Barry Garner.
He had recurring roles on CSI: Miami (as Kenwall Duquesne, father of Calleigh Duquesne) and Prison Break (as Frank Tancredi, governor of Illinois and father of Sara Tancredi). Among other film and television roles in the 2000s and 2010s, he played the mayor of Chicago on two episodes of the Fox series The Chicago Code.
He has been announced he will playing the elderly billionaire in the adaption of John Grisham's novel The Testament.
Peter Mcallister in the Home Alone franchise
In 1990 Heard starred in what is perhaps his most famous role of all as Peter Mcallister, the father of Kevin, in Home Alone. The comedy was a massive commercial and critical success and Heard's subtle but nuanced characterisation of the amiable and concerned father proved to be memorable among fans. Heard fashioned the role based on how he would expect a fundamentally decent and hard working man to honestly react to such a situation whilst retaining sufficient comedic flare. Heard reprised the role for Home Alone 2 once again providing many memorable scenes for fans.
Impact and legacy
Asked about his career in 2008, Heard replied,
I guess I went from being a young leading man to being just kind of a hack actor. ... When I came to Hollywood, I was pretty much a stage actor, and I expected everybody to be quiet. And they weren't. They were doing their job, and you're expected to do your job, and you're sort of this ongoing co-existence. I was a little bit of an arrogant jerk. Now, it's a little bit more like, 'Okay, I realize you have to pat me down with powder every three seconds.' And I stand there, and I'm a little more tolerant.... I think I had my time. I dropped the ball, as my father would say. I think I could have done more with my career than I did, and I sort of got sidetracked. But that's OK, that's alright, that's the way it is. No sour grapes. I mean, I don't have any regrets. Except that I could have played some bigger parts.
Heard was married for six days to actress Margot Kidder in 1979. He has a son, John Matthew "Jack" Heard, with ex-girlfriend Melissa Leo. Heard was arrested in 1991 and charged with third-degree assault for allegedly slapping Leo. In 1997, he was found guilty of trespassing Leo's home in Baltimore, Maryland's Fell's Point neighborhood, but acquitted of charges of trespassing at their son's school. He has two other former wives, Sharon Heard and Lana Pritchard. Sharon and Heard have two children together, son Max and a daughter named Annika. Heard and Pritchard married on May 24, 2010, in Los Angeles and divorced on December 22nd 2010 after nearly 7 months of marriage.
Awards and honors
Source unless otherwise noted:
- 1977 Theatre World Award for his performance in G.R. Point
- 1976-77 Obie Award, Best Performance, G.R. Point
- 1979-80 Obie Award, Best Performance, Othello and Split
- 1999 Emmy Award nomination, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (1999)
In 2003, he was inducted into the Gonzaga College High School Theatre Hall of Fame.
|1977||Between the Lines||Harry Lucas|
|1978||On the Yard||Juleson|
|1979||Chilly Scenes of Winter||Charles|
|1980||Heart Beat||Jack Kerouac|
|1981||Cutter's Way||Alex Cutter|
|1982||Cat People||Oliver Yates|
|1985||Too Scared to Scream||Sid|
|1985||Heaven Help Us||Brother Timothy|
|1985||After Hours||Tom Schorr|
|1985||The Trip to Bountiful||Ludie Watts|
|1987||Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam||Johnny Boy||Voice|
|1988||The Telephone||Telephone Man|
|1988||The Milagro Beanfield War||Charlie Bloom|
|1988||The Seventh Sign||Reverend|
|1989||The Package||Colonel Glen Whitacre|
|1990||The End of Innocence||Dean|
|1990||Home Alone||Peter McCallister|
|1991||Rambling Rose||Willcox Hillyer|
|1992||Home Alone 2: Lost in New York||Peter McCallister|
|1993||In the Line of Fire||Professor Riger|
|1993||Me and Veronica||Frankie|
|1993||The Pelican Brief||Gavin Vereek|
|1996||Before and After||Wendell Bye|
|1996||My Fellow Americans||Ted Matthews|
|1997||Silent Cradle||Dr. Brittain|
|1997||One Eight Seven||Dave Childress|
|1998||Snake Eyes||Gilbert Powell|
|1998||Desert Blue||Professor Lance Davidson|
|1999||Jazz Night||John Little||Short film|
|2000||Animal Factory||James Decker|
|2000||Fish Out of Water||Gregor|
|2001||Dying on the Edge||John Fuller|
|2001||The Boys of Sunset Ridge||John Burroughs|
|2001||O||Dean Bob Brable|
|2001||The Secret Pact||Jerome Carver|
|2002||Researching Raymond Burke||Raymond Burke||Short film|
|2002||Fair Play||Owen||Short film|
|2004||Under the City||Scova|
|2004||Mind the Gap||Henry Richards|
|2004||White Chicks||Warren Vandergeld|
|2004||My Tiny Universe||Bobby|
|2005||The Chumscrubber||Officer Lou Bratley|
|2005||The Deal||Professor Roseman|
|2005||Edison||Captain Brian Tilman|
|2005||Sweet Land||Minister Sorrensen|
|2006||Steel City||Carl Lee|
|2006||Gamers: The Movie||Gordon's Dad|
|2006||The Guardian||Captain Frank Larson|
|2007||Dead Lenny||Dr. Robert Hooker|
|2007||Brothers Three: An American Gothic||Father|
|2007||The Great Debaters||Sheriff Dozier|
|2008||P.J.||Dr. Alan Shearson|
|2008||Justice League: The New Frontier||Ace Morgan||Voice|
|2008||The Lucky Ones||Bob|
|2009||Red State Blues||Fritz||Short film|
|2009||Formosa Betrayed||Tom Braxton|
|2009||Little Hercules in 3-D||Coach Nimms|
|2010||The Truth||Jonathan Davenport|
|2010||Ivan's House||Ivan||Short film|
|2011||Whisper Me a Lullaby||Poppy|
|2012||The Legends of Nethiah||Nethiah's Father|
|2012||A Perfect Ending||Mason Westridge|
|2012||Would You Rather||Conway|
|2013||The Insomniac||Paul Epstein|
|2013||Assault on Wall Street||Jeremy Stancroft|
|2013||Snake and Mongoose||Wally Parks|
|2013||Runner, Runner||Harry Furst|
|2014||Searching for Fortune||Denton Sr.|
|2014||The Boys of Abu Ghraib||Sam Farmer|
|2014||Boiling Pot||Tim Davis|
|2014||One More Day||Tom||Short film|
|2015||After the Reality||Bob||Post production|
|2015||Living Among Us||Andrew||Post production|
|2015||Counting for Thunder||Garrett Stalworth||Post production|
|2015||Is That a Gun in Your Pocket||Sheriff Parsons||Post production|
|2016||Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero||JP Monroe|
|2016||So B. It||Thurman Hil||Filming|
|1975||Valley Forge||Mr. Harvie||TV Movie|
|1979||The Scarlet Letter||Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale|
|1983||Will There Really Be a Morning?||Clifford Odets||TV Movie|
|1984||Kate & Allie||Max McArdle||Episode: "A Weekend to Remember"|
|1985||Tender is the Night||Abe North|
|1985||Tales from the Darkside||Billy Malone||Episode: "Ring Around the Redhead"|
|1985||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Bill Callahan||Episode: "Breakdown"|
|1986||Miami Vice||Laurence Thurmond||Episode: "One Way Ticket"|
|1987||The Equalizer||Ron Parrish||Episode: "In the Money"|
|1987||Out on a Limb||David Manning||TV Movie|
|1989||Screen Two||Michael Johnson||Episode: "Virtuoso"|
|1989||Cross of Fire||David Stephenson||TV Movie|
|1992||Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster||Dan Lawn||TV Movie|
|1993||There Was a Little Boy||Gregg||TV Movie|
|1994||In Spite of Love||Andrew||TV Movie|
|1994||Because Mommy Works||Ted Forman||TV Movie|
|Law & Order||Mitch Burke
|1995||American Masters||Montresor||Episode: Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul|
|1995||The Outer Limits||Paul Stein||Episode: "Dark Matters"|
|1995–1996||The Client||Roy Foltrigg|
|The Sopranos||Detective Vin Makazian||5 episodes|
|2000||Perfect Murder, Perfect Town||Larry Mason|
|2000||The Wednesday Woman||Bill Davidson||TV Movie|
|2001||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Larry Wiegert||Episode: "The Pardoner's Tale"|
|2001||The Big Heist||Richard Woods||TV Movie|
|2002||Touched by an Angel||Allen||Episode: "Secrets and Lies"|
|2002||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Gregory Rossovitch / Peter Sipes||Episode: "Disappearing Acts"|
|2002||Hack||Paul Ballinger||Episode: "Songs in the Night"|
|2002||Monday Night Mayhem||Roone Arledge||TV Movie|
|2002||The Pilot's Wife||Jack Lyons||TV Movie|
|2003||Word of Honor||Dr. Steven Brandt||TV Movie|
|2003–2005||CSI: Miami||Kenwall Duquesne||4 episodes|
|2004–2005||Jack & Bobby||Dennis Morgenthal||5 episodes|
|2005||Numb3rs||Peter Houseman||Episode: "Soft Target"|
|2005||Locusts||Dr. Peter Axelrod||TV Movie|
|2005–2006||Prison Break||Governor Frank Tancredi||10 episodes|
|2006||Battlestar Galactica||Commander Barry Garner||Episode: "The Captain's Hand"|
|2006||Twenty Questions||C. Colin Whitworth||TV Movie|
|2006||The Line-Up||Walter Clark||TV Movie|
|2007||Cavemen||Tripp||Episode: "Her Embarrassed of Caveman"|
|Entourage||Richard Wimmer||Episode: "Snow Job"
Episode: "Tequila Sunrise"
|2008||My Own Worst Enemy||Peter||Episode: "Down Rio Way"|
|2008||Skip Tracer||Con Colbert||TV Movie|
|2008||Generation Gap||Principal Winters||TV Movie|
|2009||The Beast||Dr. Blake||Episode: "Mercy"|
|2009||Southland||Ben Sherman Sr.||Episode: "See the Woman"
|2010||Gravity||B.C.||Episode: "Namaste MF"
Episode: "Damn Skippy"
Episode: "Are We All Just Dead?"
|2010||The Quickening||Ed Erlich||TV Movie|
|2011||The Chicago Code||Mayor McGuinness||Episode: "St. Valentine's Day Massacre"
Episode: "Mike Royko's Revenge"
|2011||Too Big to Fail||Joe Gregory||TV Movie|
|2013||Perception||Congressman Evan Rickford||Episode: "Warrior"
|2013||Adam DeVine's House Party||Dregory||Episode: "Dregory"|
|2013||Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories||The Lawyer|
|2014||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Roger Ridley||Episode: "Love for Sale"|
|2014||Modern Family||Gunther Thorpe||Episode: "The Feud"|
|2014||Person of Interest||Roger McCourt||Episode: "Death Benefit"|
|2014||Mistresses||Bruce Sappire||Episode: "Coming Clean"|
|2014||NCIS: Los Angeles||Michael Thomas||Episode: "Inelegant Heart"
Episode: "The 3rd Choir"
|2015||The Lizzie Borden Chronicles||William Almy|
|2015||The Murder Pact||TV movie|
|2016||Elementary||Dr. Watson's stepfather||Episode: "Miss Taken"|
- "John Heard Biography". TVGuide.com. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
- "411 Movies Interview: John Heard". 411Mania.com. February 27, 2008. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
- Roberts, Chris (April 9, 2005). "No Kidding". The Guardian. London. Retrieved December 26, 2010.
- "Heard Pleads Not Guilty to Harassing Ex-Girlfriend". Associated Press via Spartanburg Herald-Journal. March 20, 1997. p. 13.
- "'Home Alone' Actor Arrested". The Buffalo News. November 6, 1991.
- Tan, Cheryl L. (March 21, 1997). "Home Alone' actor Heard found guilty of trespassing". The Baltimore Sun.
- "Pritchard-Heard". The Monterey County Herald. June 14, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2013.