NEW YORK (AP) - Actor John Heard, best known for playing the father in the "Home Alone" movie series, has died at the age of 71.
The medical examiner confirmed his death on Saturday. According to the Associated Press, Heard was found dead in a hotel in Palo Alto, California where he was recovering from a back surgery.
Heard played Peter McCallister, the father of Kevin, played by Macaulay Culkin in "Home Alone" and "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York."
He earned an Emmy nomination for a guest role as a corrupt police detective in "The Sopranos." Heard also played Tom Hanks' rival in the movie "Big."
He was briefly married to fellow actor Margot Kidder.