John Heard Death: What is the Cause of Death of John?


David Mudd

Heard died on July 21, 2017, at the age of 71, after suffering a cardiac arrest as a result of atherosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease.

His body was discovered by hotel personnel in Palo Alto, California, where he had been recuperating from minor back surgery at Stanford University Hospital, according to reports. His death was not caused by the back surgery that he had undergone.

The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner’s office determined that he died as a result of natural causes. The South Side Cemetery in Ipswich, Massachusetts, serves as a last resting place for him.

John Heard Acting Career

In the 1970s, Heard appeared on stage, in television, and in movies and television shows. As Guildenstern in Hamlet at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, he also understudied Sam Waterston for his role as Hamlet in the 1974 off-Broadway production of Mark Medoff’s The Wager.

The show relocated to Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater in the fall of that year. In 1977, he appeared in a series of new plays at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. In the years 1979–80, Heard earned Obie Awards for his work in Othello and Split. In 1979, he played the male lead in the film Head Over Heels as a child actor (which was renamed and re-released as Chilly Scenes of Winter in 1982).

In 1981, he played Alex Cutter in the film Cutter’s Way, in which he had a leading role. In the 1982 version of Cat People, he played the lover of one of the main characters, Nastassja Kinski.

He appeared in two films with future Home Alone co-star Daniel Stern: C.H.U.D. (Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers, 1984) and The Trip to Bountiful as photographer George Cooper (1985). Heard as a monk named Brother Timothy in the 1985 comedy-drama Heaven Help Us (also known as Catholic Boys). He played bartender Tom Schorr in the 1985 film After Hours.

Paul, Tom Hanks’ adult corporate rival who was jilted by Elizabeth Perkins in Big, appeared in the film The Milagro Beanfield War (both 1988). he appeared alongside Bette Midler in Beaches (also 1988).

As a young actor, Heard appeared in the 1990 philosophical film Mindwalk, in which three characters from disparate social and poetic backgrounds discuss their perspectives on the human experience. He also appeared in Awakenings with Robert De Niro and Robin Williams, in Deceived (1991) with Goldie Hawn as Jack Saunders, and in Gladiator (1992) as a supporting actor alongside Cuba Gooding Jr.

In Radio Flyer (1992), he portrayed Daugherty, and in The Pelican Brief he played FBI agent Gavin Vereek (1993). He acted in One Eight Seven with Samuel L. Jackson in 1997 and appeared in Perfect Murder, Perfect Town in 2000.

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John Heard Early Life

On March 7, 1946, in Washington, D.C., Heard was born. He was the son of Helen (Sperling), a community theatre performer, and John Henry Heard, a secretary in the Department of Defense’s office. In his youth, Heard was a practising Catholic.

He went to Gonzaga College High School, Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. for his undergraduate and graduate degrees. In his family, he had two older sisters, Cordis (who is also an actor) and a brother, Matthew, who passed away in 1975.

John Heard Personal Life

Heard married actress Margot Kidder in 1979, but the marriage lasted barely six days before the couple divorced.

In 1987, he had a son, John Matthew Heard, with actress Melissa Leo, with whom he had a previous relationship. When Heard was arrested in 1991, he was charged with third-degree assault on Leo, according to the police report. In 1997, he was convicted guilty of trespassing in Leo’s home, but he was found not guilty of trespassing at their son’s school, according to the court record.

He also had a relationship with Sharon Heard. They had two children, Annika Rose and Maxwell John, whom they raised together.

Heard tied the knot with Lana Pritchard in Los Angeles on May 24, 2010. Seven months later, the couple decided to part ways.

Maxwell, his estranged son, passed away on December 6, 2016, at the age.

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John Heard Legacy

When Heard was asked about his professional life in 2008, he answered,

‘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 all right, 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.’

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