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John Heard

John Heard has appeared in over sixty feature films and dozens of television movies, and he has guest-starred in numerous award-winning dramas on TV in his thirty-year career. John Heard began his career on the stage, winning multiple awards in both Chicago and New York, including a 1976-77 Theatre World Award and Obie Awards for his off-Broadway performances in Othello and Split. His early screen successes include performances in Cutter's Way and Chilly Scenes of Winter and as Jack Kerouac in Heart Beat. From there, he built his career with starring roles in films such as Big, The Pelican Brief, Beaches, Home Alone, Awakenings, In the Line of Fire, Pollock and, most recently, White Chicks. He also starred in Andrew Davis' The Package with Tommy Lee Jones and Gene Hackman.

Heard has turned in many memorable performances on the small screen as well, including guest appearances in such television shows as: The Outer Limits, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Hack and all three Law & Order series. He was nominated for a Cable ACE Award for Best Actor in a TV Movie for his 1987 performance in Tender Is the Night, and his turn in the 1999 season of The Sopranos earned him an Emmy nomination.

Heard has recently been seen in recurring roles on Prison Break, CSI: Miami and Jack & Bobby and as a guest star on Numbers and Battlestar Gallactica. He starred in the independent feature films American Gothic, opposite Patrick Wilson, Neal McDonough and Scott Michael Campbell; and Sweetland, with Ned Beatty and Alan Cumming, which won the Audience Award at the Hamptons Film Festival. He most recently starred in and co-produced Steel City, which was accepted into the dramatic competition at 2006's Sundance Film Festival.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.
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John Heard Facts

BirthdayMarch 7, 1945 (78)
BirthplaceWashington DC, District of Columbia, USA
Height5' 7" (1m70)  How tall is John Heard compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Home Alone
Soft Target
Desert Blue
Friday Night Lights
Whisper Me a Lullaby
The Pelican Brief
Never Back Down
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