'Homeland' actor James Rebhorn dies at 65

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James Rebhorn, the prolific character actor in Homeland, Scent of a Woman, and My Cousin Vinny, has died. He was 65.

Rebhorn’s agent, Dianne Busch, said Sunday that the actor died Friday at his home in South Orange, N.J. She confirmed to EW that the cause of death was melanoma. He was diagnosed with the disease in 1992 and had been fighting it since. Rebhorn had been receiving hospice care for the last week and a half, Busch told EW, and his family — wife Rebecca and their two daughters, Emma and Hannah — were with him.

In five decades of television and film work, Rebhorn amassed more than 100 credits, ranging from a shipping magnate in The Talented Mr. Ripley to the prosecutor in the series finale of Seinfeld, in which he famously sent the group to jail.

The lanky but piercing Rebhorn, raised a Lutheran in Indiana, often played astringent authorities, like the headmaster in Scent of a Woman, and lawyers on Boston Legal and The Practice.

On Homeland, he played the father of CIA officer Carrie Mathison. He also had a recurring role on the USA Network series White Collar playing the FBI head of a white-collar crime unit.

Other credits of the Philadelphia-born Rebhorn, who received his masters in acting from Columbia University, include The Game, Real Steel, Law & Order, Carlito’s Way and Meet the Parents.

Rebhorn also frequently worked in theater, starring on Broadway in revivals of Our Town, 12 Angry Men and the original 1985 production of I’m Not Rappaport.


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