“Homeland” Actor James Rebhorn Dies
James Rebhorn, who had a recurring role as the father of CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) in Homeland, has died.
The actor, who always enhanced his roles with a strong dose of believability, died on Friday at his home in New Jersey. According to his agent, Dianne Busch, he had been battling Melanoma, a form of skin cancer, since 1992. He was 65.
Rebhorn was a brilliant character actor who cropped up in a massive array of film and TV titles. His ability to play strong and believable characters cannot be easily forgotten.
Viewers of USA’s White Collar know him as Special Agent Reese Hughes, head of the FBI’s Manhattan based White Collar crime unit.
Some of his most memoriable big screen roles include Jim Feingold, the salesman who sells a frighteningly real role-playing game to Michael Douglas in The Game, US Secretary of Defense Albert Nimziki in Independence Day and Mr. Trask, a no-nonsense school headmaster, in Scent of a Woman.
His many other credits include Basic Instinct, My Cousin Vinny, Shadows and Fog, Basic Instinct, The Talented Mr. Ripley and Silkwood.
In 1998, he guest starred on Seinfeld as a lawyer who sent Jerry, George, Kramer and Eliane to jail.
On the theatre circuit, Rebhorn played an Alzheimer’s victim in Too Much, Too Much, Too Many, and starred in stage revivals of Twelve Angry Men, and Dinner at Eight.
Rebhorn is survived by his wife Rebecca and their daughters Emma and Hannah.