John Heard, the actor best known for his role as Peter McAllister in the Home Alone franchise, died Friday. The County of Santa Clara Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed Heard's death at the age of 71 to ET.
According to multiple reports
, the actor was found dead in a hotel in Palo Alto, California, reportedly recovering from back surgery. The cause of death is still under investigation.
Heard began his acting career in the 70's, appearing on stage, television and various films. With over 170 acting credits to his name, he had roles in the Tom Hanks film, Big, Beaches, Chilly Scenes of Winter, Heart Beat, Cutter’s Way and Cat People. Heard also appeared in episodes of Battlestar Galactica, NCIS: Los Angeles, Modern Family, Sharnako and Outsiders, as well as had a couple of projects in post-production, including Imprisoned, Graffiti, The Tale, and was filming Broome Street Boys.
In 1999, Heard was nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his appearance as Detective Vin Makazian in the HBO series, The Sopranos.
ET spoke with Heard in 2015 to celebrate Home Alone's 25th anniversary. See what he had to say about his iconic role in the video below.