For those of you Home Alone fans, there is some sad news. Actor Roberts Blossom, who played the character of Marley, the old, introvert white-bearded man who befriends young Macaulay Culkin and comes to his rescue in the 1990 hit family comedy, died last Friday.

According to Deborah, Blossom's daughter, he died of natural causes at a nursing home in Santa Monica reports the San Francisco chronicle. Blossom was 87.

The report also states that Blossom who was a three time Obie Award winner for his performances in off-Broadway productions during the 1950s, '60s and '70s, also appeared on Broadway portraying roles in Edward Albee's adaptation of Carson McCullers' The Ballad of the Sad Cafe and Sam Shepard's Operation Sidewinder.

Robert enacted the part of a demented farmer in the cult thriller movie of the 70's Deranged and also appeared in films like The Hospital, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Great Gatsby, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Escape From Alcatraz, Resurrection and Doc Hollywood reports The San Francisco Chronicle. He also won his first Soapy Award for Another World.

Blossom pursued writing poetry after he retired from acting in the late 1990's.