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'Home Alone,' 'Sopranos' actor John Heard dead at 72

By Karen Butler
'Home Alone,' 'Sopranos' actor John Heard dead at 72
Actor John Heard arrives for the premiere of "The Great Debaters" in Los Angeles on December 11, 2007. Heard, who played the father figure in the "Home Alone" series, has died at the age of 72 in Palo Alto, Calif. on July 22. Photo courtesy of Paul Buck/EPA

July 22 (UPI) -- Actor John Heard has been found dead in a hotel in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 72.

TMZ said police and paramedics were called to the hotel Friday, and the actor who portrayed the Home Alone dad and a The Sopranos cop was pronounced dead on the scene.

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The cause of his death has not yet been determined. Heard reportedly underwent minor back surgery Wednesday at Stanford Medical Center, and was staying at the hotel while he recovered.

His film credits include Big, Beaches, Gladiator, After Hours, Cutter's Way, Awakenings and The Pelican Brief. He is survived by his sons Max and John, and daughter Annika, Hollywood Life noted.