John Heard (actor)

John Heard (actor)

Infobox actor
name = John Heard


imagesize = 150px
birthdate = birth date and age|1945|3|7|mf=y
birthplace = Washington, D.C., U.S.
occupation = Actor
spouse = Margot Kidder (1979) (divorced)

John Heard (born March 7, 1945) is an American actor.

Heard was born in Washington, D.C., the son of John and Helen Heard. He attended Gonzaga College High School, then went on to graduate from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He acted off-Broadway, winning Obie Awards for his performances in "Othello" and "Split" in 1979-80.

In the late 1970s, Heard played small roles in television and film. In 1979 he played Arthur Dimmesdale in a television production of "The Scarlet Letter" and the male lead in the film "Head Over Heels". In 1981, he had the starring role of Alex Cutter in the film "Cutter's Way". He played the lover of Nastassja Kinski, one of the main characters, in the remake of "Cat People" (1982 film). In 1984, he portrayed photographer George Cooper in "C.H.U.D." (Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers) alongside future "Home Alone" co-star Daniel Stern. He had a notable role playing Paul, Tom Hanks's adult corporate competitor and jilted boyfriend of Elizabeth Perkins, in the 1988 movie "Big". He played real-life Ku Klux Klan leader D.C. Stephenson in the TV-miniseries "Cross of Fire" (1989). He also starred in "Gladiator" opposite Cuba Gooding, Jr.

In 1990, Heard starred in the philosophical film "Mindwalk" and was featured in the hugely successful comedy "Home Alone" (and also starred in its 1992 sequel, '). In 1993 he played FBI agent Gavin Verheek in "The Pelican Brief". He also starred with Samuel L. Jackson in 1997's "One Eight Seven" and was featured in the 2000 miniseries "Perfect Murder, Perfect Town". He has had roles on "The Sopranos" as crooked cop Vin Makazian for which he received an Emmy nomination as outstanding guest actor, and on "Battlestar Galactica" as Commander Barry Garner. He has also had recurring roles on ' (as Kenwall Duquesne, father of Calleigh Duquesne) and "Prison Break" (as Frank Tancredi, Governor of Illinois and father of Sara Tancredi). In 2006, he starred in the independent film "".

Heard was married for one year to actress Margot Kidder. He has a son with actress and former girlfriend Melissa Leo. He also had two children with his former wife, Sharon Heard.

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