John Heard Quotes: Best Quotes & Most-Famous Sayings Of The ‘Home Alone’ Actor

The actor famously known for playing the dad in Home Alone has passed away. John Heard has spent over four decades either onstage or in front of a movie camera. Heard has left behind an enduring legacy, as Home Alone has become a certified cult classic. John also secured roles in films like Big, The Pelican Brief, After Hours, and Snake Eyes, among others.

John Heard passed away Saturday at the age of 72 in Palo Alto, California. He’s been nominated for an Emmy, and won a Theater World Award along with two Obie Awards for his work on stage. But arguably, people know him best as Peter McCallister, the father of the mischievous Kevin in the two Home Alone films. Let’s take a moment to look back at this actor’s words of wisdom…

John Heard Quotes: Best Quotes & Most-Famous Sayings Of The ‘Home Alone’ Actor

“Television is fast and loose. You have two or three takes to get your part right, and if you have a problem, well, by the time you figure it out, everyone’s moved on to the next scene. It’s good training, keeps you on your toes.”


“If Martin Scorsese thinks you stink, you stink.”


“For ‘The Trip To Bountiful,’ I was worried about being too heavy, because I supposedly had just gotten out of the hospital.”


“Pauline Kael said that Rip Torn could get angrier faster than any other American actor: that he could go from zero to 10 in 1.8 seconds or something like that.”


“Lauren Bacall, James Garner, and Jack Lemmon – they’re all gone now, but I was so impressed by them.”


“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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