No, he’s never been nominated for an Oscar. But he did co-star with 2-time winner Tom Hanks in BIG. And more pertinent to our purposes here at Icons of Fright, John Heard starred in the cheesy classic C.H.U.D.! And today, he turns 65 today!
For those of you who’ve never watched the DVD of C.H.U.D. with the commentary track, it’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard. Heard, co-star Daniel Stern and a few others goof on the film for its entire running time, and they’re merciless. Do yourself a favor and go buy this disc today so you can listen to it. It’s cheap, and it’s hilarious.
Heard’s been around a long time, but for genre fans, his turn as George Cooper, battling cannibalistic humanoid underground dwellers will always be the apex of his career. Happy Birthday, John!