John Heard (actor)

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John Heard
Born(1945-03-07) March 7, 1945 (age 69)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Years active1974–present
Spouse(s)Margot Kidder (1979; divorced)
Sharon Heard (divorced)
Lana Pritchard (divorced)
Partner(s)Melissa Leo (former)
ChildrenJohn Matthew Heard
Max Heard
Annika Heard
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John Heard
Born(1945-03-07) March 7, 1945 (age 69)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Years active1974–present
Spouse(s)Margot Kidder (1979; divorced)
Sharon Heard (divorced)
Lana Pritchard (divorced)
Partner(s)Melissa Leo (former)
ChildrenJohn Matthew Heard
Max Heard
Annika Heard

John Heard, Jr. (born March 7, 1945)[1] is an American actor known for his recurring role as Peter McCallister, in the first two installments of the Home Alone movie series.

He starred or was featured in films including Awakenings, Cutter's Way, Chilly Scenes of Winter, Cat People, Deceived, The Milagro Beanfield War, The Pelican Brief, and Big, and the TV-movie Sharknado.

Early life[edit]

Heard was born in Washington, D.C., the son of John and Helen Heard.[1] He attended Gonzaga College High School; Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts; and Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C.[1]

Acting career[edit]

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).[2]

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 portrayed 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. He also 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', was featured in the hugely successful comedy Home Alone (and also starred in its 1992 sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York) and 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.

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.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Heard was married for six days to actress Margot Kidder in 1979.[4] He has a son, John Matthew "Jack" Heard, with ex-girlfriend Melissa Leo.[5] Heard was arrested in 1991 and charged with third-degree assault for allegedly slapping Leo.[6] 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.[7] He has two other ex-wives, Sharon Heard and Lana Pritchard. Sharon and Heard have two children together, son Max and a daughter named Annika.[1] Heard and Pritchard married on May 24, 2010, in Los Angeles.[8]

Awards and honors[edit]

Source unless otherwise noted:[1]

In 2003, he was inducted into the Gonzaga College High School Theatre Hall of Fame.


1975Valley ForgeMr. HarvieTV Movie
1977Between the LinesHarry Lucas
1977First LoveDavid
1978Rush ItByron
1978On the YardJuleson
1979Chilly Scenes of WinterCharles
1980Heart BeatJack Kerouac
1981Cutter's WayAlex Cutter
1982Cat PeopleOliver Yates
1983Will There Really Be a Morning?Clifford OdetsTV Movie
1983LegsDanTV Movie
1984C.H.U.D.George Cooper
1984Best RevengeCharlie
1985Too Scared to ScreamSid
1985Heaven Help UsBrother Timothy
1985After HoursTom Schorr
1985The Trip to BountifulLudie Watts
1987Out on a LimbDavid ManningTV Movie
1987Dear America: Letters Home from VietnamJohnny BoyVoice
1988The TelephoneTelephone Man
1988The Milagro Beanfield WarCharlie Bloom
1988The Seventh SignReverend
1988NecessityCharlieTV Movie
1988BigPaul Davenport
1988BetrayedMichael Carnes
1988BeachesJohn Pierce
1989The PackageColonel Glen Whitacre
1989Cross of FireDavid StephensonTV Movie
1990Blown AwayCharlie
1990MindwalkThomas Harriman
1990The End of InnocenceDean
1990Home AlonePeter McCallister
1990AwakeningsDr. Kaufman
1991Rambling RoseWillcox Hillyer
1991DeceivedJack Saunders
1992Radio FlyerDaugherty
1992GladiatorJohn Riley
1992WaterlandLewis Scott
1992Home Alone 2: Lost in New YorkPeter McCallister
1992Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez DisasterDan LawnTV Movie
1993There Was a Little BoyGreggTV Movie
1993In the Line of FireProfessor Riger
1993Me and VeronicaFrankie
1993The Pelican BriefGavin Vereek
1994In Spite of LoveAndrewTV Movie
1994Because Mommy WorksTed FormanTV Movie
1996Before and AfterWendell Bye
1996My Fellow AmericansTed Matthews
1997Silent CradleDr. Brittain
1997One Eight SevenDave Childress
1997Executive PowerWalker
1997MenGeorge Babbington
1998Snake EyesGilbert Powell
1998Desert BlueProfessor Lance Davidson
1999Jazz NightJohn LittleShort film
1999Freak WeatherDavid
2000Animal FactoryJames Decker
2000Fish Out of WaterGregor
2000The PhotographerMarcello
2000The Wednesday WomanBill DavidsonTV Movie
2000PollockTony Smith
2001Dying on the EdgeJohn Fuller
2001The Boys of Sunset RidgeJohn Burroughs
2001ODean Bob Brable
2001The Big HeistRichard WoodsTV Movie
2001The Secret PactJerome Carver
2002Researching Raymond BurkeRaymond BurkeShort film
2002Monday Night MayhemRoone ArledgeTV Movie
2002The Pilot's WifeJack LyonsTV Movie
2002Fair PlayOwenShort film
2003Word of HonorDr. Steven BrandtTV Movie
2004Under the CityScova
2004Mind the GapHenry Richards
2004White ChicksWarren Vandergeld
2004My Tiny UniverseBobby
2005The ChumscrubberOfficer Lou Bratley
2005LocustsDr. Peter AxelrodTV Movie
2005The DealProfessor Roseman
2005TracksPrison Warden
2005EdisonCaptain Brian Tilman
2005Sweet LandMinister Sorrensen
2006Steel CityCarl Lee
2006Twenty QuestionsC. Colin WhitworthTV Movie
2006The Line-UpWalter ClarkTV Movie
2006Gamers: The MovieGordon's Dad
2006The GuardianCaptain Frank Larson
2007Dead LennyDr. Robert Hooker
2007Brothers Three: An American GothicFather
2007The Great DebatersSheriff Dozier
2008Skip TracerCon ColbertTV Movie
2008P.J.Dr. Alan Shearson
2008Justice League: The New FrontierAce MorganVoice
2008The Lucky OnesBob
2008Generation GapPrincipal WintersTV Movie
2009Red State BluesFritzShort film
2009Formosa BetrayedTom Braxton
2009Little Hercules in 3-DCoach Nimms
2010The QuickeningEd ErlichTV Movie
2010The TruthJonathan Davenport
2010Ivan's HouseIvanShort film
2011Whisper Me a LullabyPoppy
2011Too Big to FailJoe GregoryTV Movie
2012Stealing RosesWalter
2012The Legends of NethiahNethiah's Father
2012A Perfect EndingMason Westridge
2012Would You RatherConway
2013The InsomniacPaul Epstein
2013Assault on Wall StreetJeremy Stancroft
2013Snake and MongooseWally Parks
2013Runner, RunnerHarry Furst
2013TornDetective Kalkowitz
2013BuoyancyFrankShort film
2014WarrenJack Cavanee
2014The Boys of Abu GhraibSam Farmer
2014Counting for ThunderGarrett Stalworth
2014Boiling PotTim Davis
2014One More DayTomShort film
2014Searching for FortuneDenton Sr.Post production
2014The NurseFrankPost production
2014After the RealityBobPost production
2015Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan HeroJP MonroePost production
2015Living Among UsAndrewPost production
1979The Scarlet LetterReverend Arthur Dimmesdale
1984Kate & AllieMax McArdleEpisode: "A Weekend to Remember"
1985Tender is the NightAbe North
1985Tales from the DarksideBilly MaloneEpisode: "Ring Around the Redhead"
1985Alfred Hitchcock PresentsBill CallahanEpisode: "Breakdown"
1986Miami ViceLaurence ThurmondEpisode: "One Way Ticket"
1987The EqualizerRon ParrishEpisode: "In the Money"
1989Screen TwoMichael JohnsonEpisode: "Virtuoso"
Law & OrderMitch Burke
Walter Grobman
Episode: "Doubles"
Episode: "DNR"
1995American MastersMontresorEpisode: Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul
1995The Outer LimitsPaul SteinEpisode: "Dark Matters"
1995-1996The ClientRoy Foltrigg
The SopranosDetective Vin Makazian4 episodes
Episode: "The Test Dream"
2000Perfect Murder, Perfect TownLarry Mason
2001Law & Order: Criminal IntentLarry WiegertEpisode: "The Pardoner's Tale"
2002Touched by an AngelAllenEpisode: "Secrets and Lies"
2002Law & Order: Special Victims UnitGregory Rossovitch / Peter SipesEpisode: "Disappearing Acts"
2002HackPaul BallingerEpisode: "Songs in the Night"
2003-2005CSI: MiamiKenwall Duquesne4 episodes
2004-2005Jack & BobbyDennis Morgenthal5 episodes
2005Numb3rsPeter HousemanEpisode: "Soft Target"
2005-2006Prison BreakGovernor Frank Tancredi10 episodes
2006Battlestar GalacticaCommander Barry GarnerEpisode: "The Captain's Hand"
2007CavemenTrippEpisode: "Her Embarrassed of Caveman"
EntourageRichard WimmerEpisode: "Snow Job"
Episode: "Tequila Sunrise"
2008My Own Worst EnemyPeterEpisode: "Down Rio Way"
2009The BeastDr. BlakeEpisode: "Mercy"
2009SouthlandBen Sherman Sr.Episode: "See the Woman"
Episode: "Westside"
2010GravityB.C.Episode: "Namaste MF"
Episode: "Damn Skippy"
Episode: "Are We All Just Dead?"
2011The Chicago CodeMayor McGuinnessEpisode: "St. Valentine's Day Massacre"
Episode: "Mike Royko's Revenge"
2013PerceptionCongressman Evan RickfordEpisode: "Warrior"
Episode: "Wounded"
2013Adam DeVine's House PartyDregoryEpisode: "Dregory"
2013Tim and Eric's Bedtime StoriesThe Lawyer
2014CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationRoger RidleyEpisode: "Love for Sale"
2014Modern FamilyGunther ThorpeEpisode: "The Feud"
2014Person of InterestRoger McCourtEpisode: "Death Benefit"


  1. ^ a b c d e "John Heard Biography". Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
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  3. ^ "411 Movies Interview: John Heard". February 27, 2008. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ Roberts, Chris (April 9, 2005). "No Kidding". The Guardian (London). Retrieved December 26, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Heard Pleads Not Guilty to Harassing Ex-Girlfriend". Associated Press via Spartanburg Herald-Journal. March 20, 1997. p. 13. 
  6. ^ "'Home Alone' Actor Arrested". The Buffalo News. November 6, 1991. 
  7. ^ Tan, Cheryl L. (March 21, 1997). "Home Alone' actor Heard found guilty of trespassing". The Baltimore Sun. 
  8. ^ "Pritchard-Heard". The Monterey County Herald. June 14, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 

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