John Heard Dead at 72
John Heard, the beloved star of several huge 80s and 90s movies, died Friday in Palo Alto, CA ... TMZ has learned.
Heard was found dead in a hotel by the maid service ... according to family sources.
Police were called to the hotel for a report of a medical emergency, but he was pronounced dead on the scene.
We do know this ... according to his rep, John had "minor back surgery" Wednesday at Stanford Medical Center, and he was staying at the hotel while he recovered.
Heard's most iconic role was as Peter McCallister, the dad in the "Home Alone" movies.