John Heard (actor)
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|Born||John Matthew Heard Jr
March 7, 1946
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Died||July 21, 2017
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Resting place||Old South Cemetery, Ipswich, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Margot Kidder (m. 1979; div. 1980)
Sharon Heard (m. 1993; div. 1996)
Lana Pritchard (m. 2010; div. 2010)
John Matthew Heard Jr. (March 7, 1946 – July 21, 2017) was an American film and television actor. He had lead roles in several films, including Chilly Scenes of Winter, Heart Beat, Cutter's Way, Cat People, and C.H.U.D., as well as supporting roles in After Hours, Big, Beaches, Awakenings, Rambling Rose, The Pelican Brief, My Fellow Americans, Snake Eyes, and Animal Factory. He also played Peter McCallister in Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, as well as appeared in Sharknado. Heard was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1999 for guest starring on The Sopranos.
Heard was born on March 7, 1946 in Washington, D.C.; he was the son of Helen (Sperling), who was involved in the arts and appeared in community theatre, and John Heard, who worked for the office of the Secretary of Defense. Heard was raised as a Catholic. One of his grandfathers was Jewish.
Heard 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 actress, and a brother, Matthew, who died in 1975.
In the 1970s, Heard appeared on the stage and in television and film. He appeared off-Broadway in 1974 in Mark Medoff's play The Wager and in 1975 as Guildenstern in HAMLET at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, where he also understudied Sam Waterston as Hamlet. That fall, the production moved to the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center. Heard appeared at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in 1977 in a series of new plays. 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 re-released 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 (1982). He co-starred as photographer George Cooper in C.H.U.D. (Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers, 1984) alongside future Home Alone co-star Daniel Stern and in The Trip to Bountiful (1985). In Heaven Help Us (aka, Catholic Boys, 1985), Heard played as a monk named Brother Timothy in the comedy-drama film. In After Hours (also 1985), Heard was bartender Tom Schorr.
He was seen in the film The Milagro Beanfield War and had a significant role playing Paul, Tom Hanks's adult corporate competitor and jilted boyfriend of Elizabeth Perkins, in Big (both 1988). He co-starred with Bette Midler in Beaches (also 1988), starred in Deceived (1991), with Goldie Hawn, playing Jack Saunders, and had a supporting role in Gladiator (1992), with 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, and around the same time, he was in Awakenings alongside Robert De Niro and Robin Williams. He played Daugherty in the film Radio Flyer (1992) and FBI agent Gavin Vereek in The Pelican Brief (1993). He starred with Samuel L. Jackson in 1997's One Eight Seven and was featured in the 2000 miniseries Perfect Murder, Perfect Town.
Home Alone series
In 1990, Heard starred in arguably his most memorable mainstream role as Peter McCallister in the comedy hit Home Alone. He played the part of Kevin's father who unwittingly leaves his son at home when making a Christmas trip to France. Heard chose to characterize the role with a combination of concerned dramatic acting of a father missing his son along with more classical comedic tropes. The film went on to be one of the biggest hits of 1990, and Heard reprised the role of McCallister in the sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
Heard featured in a television production of The Scarlet Letter (1979) as Arthur Dimmesdale. He played real-life Ku Klux Klan leader D. C. Stephenson in the TV miniseries Cross of Fire (1989) and played the part of David Manning in the ABC miniseries adaptation of Shirley MacLaine's Out on a Limb, a memoir of her journey toward acceptance of spiritual and extraterrestrial realities. Heard also had roles on The Sopranos as the troubled corrupt detective Vin Makazian for which he received an Emmy nomination as outstanding guest actor, and later 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.
In 2008, Heard was asked about his career and he 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 all right, 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.
In 1987, he had a son, John Matthew "Jack" Heard III, 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 at Leo's home in Baltimore, Maryland's Fell's Point neighborhood, but was acquitted of charges of trespassing at their son's school.
In addition to Kidder, he was also married to Sharon Heard and Lana Pritchard. Sharon and Heard had two children together, a son Max (who died on December 6, 2016 at the age of 22) and daughter Annika. Heard and Pritchard married on May 24, 2010, in Los Angeles, and divorced about seven months later.
Heard died of a heart attack on July 21, 2017. His body was found by staff in a Palo Alto, California hotel, where he was reportedly recovering after minor back surgery at Stanford University Hospital although his back surgery did not play a role in his death. His death was confirmed by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner's office. He was buried in Old South Cemetery in Ipswich, Massachusetts.
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|
|1977||First Love||David Bonner|
|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||Thomas '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||One More Day||Tom||Short film|
|2015||Boiling Pot||Tim Davis|
|2015||Counting for Thunder||Garrett Stalworth|
|2016||Is That a Gun in Your Pocket||Sheriff Parsons|
|2016||After the Reality||Bob|
|2016||Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero||JP Monroe|
|2016||So B. It||Thurman Hil|
|2017||Living Among Us||Andrew|
|1975||Valley Forge||Mr. Harvie||TV Movie|
|1979||The Scarlet Letter||Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale||TV mini-series|
|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||TV mini-series; 3 episodes|
|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|
|1994–1999||Law & Order||Mitch Burke / Walter Grobman||2 episodes|
|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||21 episodes|
|1999–2004||The Sopranos||Detective Vin Makazian||5 episodes|
|2000||Perfect Murder, Perfect Town||Larry Mason||TV Movie|
|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"|
|2007–2010||Entourage||Richard Wimmer||2 episodes|
|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.||2 episodes|
|2010||The Quickening||Ed Erlich||TV Movie|
|2011||The Chicago Code||Mayor McGuinness||2 episodes|
|2011||Too Big to Fail||Joe Gregory||TV Movie|
|2013||Perception||Congressman Evan Rickford||2 episodes|
|2013||Adam DeVine's House Party||Dregory||Episode: "Dregory"|
|2013||Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories||Lawyer||Episode: "Haunted House"|
|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||3 episodes|
|2015||The Lizzie Borden Chronicles||William Almy||TV mini-series; 2 episodes|
|2015||The Murder Pact||John LaSalle||TV Movie|
|2016||Elementary||Henry Watson||Episode: "Miss Taken"|
|2017||MacGyver||Arthur Ericson||Episode: "Pilers"|
|2017||APB||Joe Reeves||Episode: "Daddy's Home"|
|2017||Outsiders||Lt. Governor of Kentucky||Episode: "What Must Be Done"
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