Random Roles: John Heard on The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, The Sopranos, Sharknado, and more

Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about.

The actor: If John Heard hadn’t gotten his first on-camera acting gig when he did, he might well have ended up going on to a long and proud career as a taxi driver. Instead he’s forged a lengthy career that’s seen him on the New York stage, in films ranging from Cutter’s Way to Big to Sharknado, and in memorable roles on such TV series as The Sopranos and Prison Break. This weekend, Heard will turn up on the premiere episode of Lifetime’s The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, but—historical spoiler alert—you probably shouldn’t count on him sticking around for the long haul.

The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (2015)—“William Almy”

John Heard …

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