Actor John Heard known for 'Home Alone' and 'Sopranos' roles found dead in Palo Alto, at 72

John Heard, the actor known for his roles as the affable father in the "Home Alone" films and as a corrupt police detective in the hit series "The Sopranos," has died, the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office confirmed to ABC News on Saturday. He was 72.

A spokesperson for Heard did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The actor passed away on Friday, according to the medical examiner's office. The cause of death was not disclosed.

Heard, who lived in Studio City, also appeared opposite Tom Hanks in the movie "Big," and with Robert De Niro and Robin Williams in "Awakenings."

He is survived by three children: John Matthew Heard III, Max Heard and Annika Heard, ABC News reported.

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