John Heard was born on March 7 1945 in Washington DC, where his father worked for the Pentagon. He graduated from Clark University in Massachusetts before becoming a professional actor. Heard appeared in off-Broadway performances of The Wager, Othello and Split - receiving Obie Awards for the latter two. His first major film role was as Alex Cutter in the thriller Cutter's Way. He has since appeared in over 30 films, including Cat People, The Seventh Sign, Big, The End of Innocence, Home Alone, Awakenings, Gladiator, Waterland, The Pelican Brief and Tracks. His television appearances include Law & Order, Touched by an Angel, CSI: Miami, Jack & Bobby, Prison Break, Entourage, and The Chicago Code. He received an Emmy nomination for his performance as Vin Makazian in The Sopranos, and also sang on the soundtrack. Heard was an associate producer on Steel City and Stealing Roses. He was married to Superman actress Margot Kidder for six days in 1979. He's since been married twice more, and has three children.