John Heard, the actor best known for playing the dad in the Home Alone movies has passed away aged 72.
He was reported to have been found dead yesterday in a hotel in Pala Alto, California, according to TMZ.
It is alleged that, tragically, he was discovered by the maid service and pronounced dead at the scene.
Heard's rep told the gossip website the actor had minor back surgery on Wednesday and he was at the hotel to recover.
Heard played Peter McCallister - Macaulay Culkin's character's father - in the Home Alone movies.
He also starred in Big with Tom Hanks, Gladiator, The Sopranos and Battlestar Galactica.