David Heard (born May 5, 1950) is a 72 years old American contractor, entrepreneur, and part-time actor who is famous as the father of Amber Heard, the popular American actress, and ex-wife of Johnny Depp.
David Heard had Amber with his late wife, Paige Heard, and did his best to be a good father. He however battled drug and alcohol addiction during his adult years and this affected his family. Despite this, he was still a loving dad and so maintains a close relationship with Amber to date. He has appeared with her at award ceremonies and also defended her when she split from Johnny Depp.
David Heard is a Native of Texas
David Heard is 72 years old as he was born on the 5th of May 1950. His nationality is American while his ethnicity is Caucasian. David is a native of Texas and hails from a family of three. His father’s name is Harlin Clinton Heard (late) while his mother’s name is Wanda Edelweiss McGee (late).
David Heard grew up in Texas and had a typical southern upbringing. He was raised to be very religious. He also worked with animals such as horses.
He is a Building Contractor as well as a Horse Trainer
David Heard spent his formative years in Texas and attended school like any other kid. He possibly achieved a high school diploma before pursuing an honest path in life. Amber Heard’s father is a contractor who specializes in the construction of houses. He is said to have established his own company. Asides from construction, David Heard also worked as a horse trainer and got paid to break people’s horses.
David Heard was Married to Amber Heard’s Mother, Paige Heard from the 80s up Until Her Death in 2020
David Heard was previously married to Paige Heard. He and Paige tied the knot sometime in the 80s and had two children together. They welcomed their first child, Amber, in 1986. They equally welcomed another daughter named Whitney later.
The couple lived just out of Texas and tried to provide a decent if not luxurious life for their children. They were married for over three decades and remained together until Paige died in 2020. Since Paige passed away, there is no indication that David Heard has remarried. It is however very much possible that he is back on the dating scene.
David Heard Struggled with Substance Abuse While His Kids were Growing Up
David Heard struggled with drug and alcohol addiction issues while his kids were growing up. This undoubtedly impacted his family and his relationship with his wife and kids suffered. He however did the best that he could to be a decent dad and as a result, he and his children remain close to this day.
David has been pictured with his daughter Amber Heard on the red carpet of major event ceremonies. His daughter has also praised him for being quite accepting of her differences such as her bisexuality.
Amber Heard’s Father has Appeared in Some Movies alongside His Famous Daughter
Inspired by his daughter’s career, David Heard has starred in movies such as Machete Kills, a 2018 crime thriller about a fearsome agent who is hired by the U.S. government to take down a Mexican arms dealer who wants to start off a global war. Machete Kills featured Danny Trejo in the lead role. Other stars of the movie were the likes of Mel Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Lady Gaga, Charlie Sheen, Sofia Vergara, Cuban Gooding Jr, Antonio Banderas, Vanessa Hudgens, etc.
Amber Heard was also in Machete Kills and she helped her dad get the bit-part role of a medical personnel named Dr. Villachez. Machete Kills marked David’s movie debut and he has yet to star in another movie to date. He is however one of the executive producers of the 2013 movie, Syrup. He also appeared as himself in the 2015 TV series, Overhaulin’.
David Heard was Rumoured to have Supported Johnny Depp in the Defamation Trial with his Daughter But This is Not True
David Heard’s daughter, Amber Heard, was married to fellow Hollywood star, Johnny Depp, from 2015 to 2016. They later split in acrimonious circumstances with accusations and counter-accusations of abuse flying around. These accusations have led to two major defamation trials, one in the U.K. and one in the U.S., and David Heard has been dragged into the whole controversy.
For instance during the first trial in the U.K., Amber alleged that Depp would get so violent when drunk that he made her dad look like a saint. During the second trial in the U.S., she stated that Depp and her dad did drugs together during their 2014 engagement party.
Depp, on his own part, tried to make Amber look like a gold digger by revealing some of her father’s conversations. He alleged that David became very bitter towards him after the divorce. He also alleged that David threatened to shoot him because he was ruining his daughter’s career as well as denying him a chance of getting money for his own movie.
The next angle during the public trial was the insinuation that David Heard and Paige Heard did not support their daughter during the defamation trial but rather Johnny Depp. Their text messages were interpreted to mean that they lay the blame for the whole thing on the doorstep of lawyers who had convinced their daughter to take action.
Through it all, David never addressed the media nor testified in court. He very much preferred to stay out of the spotlight. The claim of not supporting his daughter was later debunked.
David Heard was Convicted of Animal Cruelty in the 80s
David Heard was once jailed for running a pit bull fighting ring in Texas in the 80s. The allegations against him stated that he carried out the act on a plot of land running 10 acres with about seven pit bulls. Narcotics and poker equipment were also discovered on the property. David could have been put away for a long time but he got about 15 days of jail time for cooperating and pleading guilty.
David Heard also has Another Daughter Named Whitney Heard
Asides from Amber Heard, David Heard also has another daughter named Whitney Henriquez nee Heard. Whitney was born on the 18th of September 1987. She is a former model and actress. One of the movie credits is the 2007 film, Homo Erectus. She is now an events manager and takes care of food and beverages for hotels as well.
Whitney is married to Gavine Henriquez and they have two kids, a son – Hunter, and a daughter, Harlin. Whitney is quite close to her sister and testified in her favor during the defamation trial.