Veteran character actor James Rebhorn has passed away. Most recently known for his recurring roles on Showtime’s Homeland and USA’s White Collar, James Rebhorn was declared dead Friday afternoon after his lengthy battle with melanoma. The actor has had a long career in Hollywood with his first on-screen role dating back to the 1976 comedy The Yum Yum Girls where he had a bit part as a casting director. James was diagnosed with melanoma back in 1992 and passed at his home in South Orange, N.J. quietly while surrounded by his family.
James Rebhorn had been receiving hospice care since being cleared to leave NYU Hospital. Rebhorn’s Leading Artist representation Dianne Busch commented that he was an absolute joy to work with, always very warm and quite funny. Dianne had represented Rebhorn since 1990. Busch continued to say that Rebhorn was always drawn to projects with a social conscience and that one of his favourite films that he appeared in was 1992’s Lorenzo’s Oil. The Homeland character actor James Rebhorn died at age 65.
James Rebhorn got his start on the stage before working his way into day time television soap operas like Guiding Light and As The World Turns during the 1980s. Rebhorn would eventually earn a Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for his work on As The World Turns. Rebhorn began to transition into feature films often by playing a character of authority in films like a doctor, lawyer or a politician such as in 1996’s Independence Day. Rebhorn appeared alongside Al Pacino twice in quick succession during the early 90s with 1992’s Scent Of A Woman and 1993’s Carlito’s Way directed by Brian De Palma. Rebhorn also appeared in David Fincher’s mind-bender The Game with Michael Douglas as well as playing a main role in the 2000 comedy Meet The Parents with Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro. Other notable film appearances include My Cousin Vinny, Guarding Tess and The Talented Mr. Ripley. The veteran character actor has recently appeared on the big screen in Real Steal with Hugh Jackman as well as the family film The Odd Life Of Timothy Green.
Aside from the regular appearances on television shows like Showtime’s Homeland, where he plays the main character Carrie Mathison’s father, Rebhorn had quite a prolific career on television. Rebhorn guest appeared on such programs as Law & Order, Third Watch, 30 Rock, HBO’s Enlightened as well as playing the district attorney in the two-part series finale of Seinfeld.
James Rebhorn held strongly onto his faith during his career and loved his family immensely. The actor was often said to have made career sacrifices for them without a moment of hesitation. He is survived by his wife Beck and their two daughters, Emma and Hannah. The Homeland character actor James Rebhorn has died but has left an undeniable impression with his effortless ability to slide into a role and completely disappear as that character. The Rebhorn family is currently planning a religious service in his own state of New Jersey.
By Benjamin Murray