John Heard was an American TV star born in March 1947. He is one of the early pioneers of the film industry who managed to make a name for themselves in times of less widespread mainstream entertainment. His mostly recognized lead role was in the movie Deceived as well as the famous Home Alone releases.
The actor’s parents were both very prominent and accomplished people in the society. His mother, Helen, was a theater fanatic who was popular in their neighborhood for her stage performances. His father, the senior John, was an official at the Defense office. The family was pretty formidable and practiced a strict Catholic lifestyle.
He was the only boy among three children and one of his siblings was also an actor like himself. After completing his high school at Gonzaga, he went on to complete his tertiary education in DC at the Catholic University.
The actor has had several successful roles over the course of his career in movies like After Hours which prompted directors to give his characters more involving roles in future productions. At the turn of the 70s, John featured on a Broadway production in a play called ‘The wager’.
Several stints followed shortly afterwards including popular works of theatre like Hamlet. He went on to secure an under-study position with the famous actor Sam Waterston. After 1977, he featured in a string of newer and more prominent plays that secured him an Obie Award and by the end of the decade he had landed a lead role in the popular film Head over Heels.
After the rebranding and subsequent release of the ‘Chilly Scenes’ film in 1982, John grew his TV career with more acclaimed roles. This had kicked off actually the previous year with a key role in the film Cutter’s Way. In 1979, he was cast in a popular and recurring television show; The Scarlet Letter. He went on to star with more prominent actors that boosted his television career like Daniel Stern.
In 1985, he took on comedic roles in several movies like After Hours in a new career twist that added to his popularity. By the early 90s, John had secured a spot on the television scene with big firms like ABC casting him and a couple of the Emmy Awards nominations to his belt to prove it.
John got hitched literally for less than a week in 1979 to Margot Kidder. Almost a decade later after this comic wedding, the star became a father after getting his ex-girlfriend Melissa Leo pregnant. The actor was later convicted for assaulting the baby mama. He had two more children from a marriage to Sharon Heard plus another short-lived marriage to Lana Pritchard in May 2010 which lasted almost a year this time. One of his kids from these various weddings died tragically at the age of 22, however the two were not in talking terms.
John has been estimated to be worth 4 million dollars net. His acting career paid him almost half a million dollars a year at its peak from the main and lead roles to the supporting features. His wealth has however suffered over time from his multiple marriages.
The actor passed on in July 2017 to the dismay of everyone in the film industry due to a fatal heart attack. This was after a medical procedure which is believed to have caused complications. Sadly the actor was alone at the time and was only discovered later by the California hotel staff. He was laid to rest in a quiet Massachusetts town.