Longtime character actor James Rebhorn died Friday from complications of melanoma. He was 65.
Actress Frances Fisher of ABC’s “Resurrection” broke the news over Twitter saying:
“Shocked and saddened to hear of James Rebhorn’s passing. Jim was a consummate actor with whom I had the pleasure to work when we were young.”
Rhet Barlett of Dial M for Movies soon after tweeted confirmation from Rebhorn’s agent:
”He died Friday afternoon, at home. He was a wonderful man and he will be greatly missed”.
His filmography spans over a hundred TV shows and movies, going back to 1951. He is best known for his roles in “Independence Day,” “The Game,” “White Collar” and most recently the Showtime series “Homeland.” Geek Juice readers may also recognize him from the 2008 sci-fi mystery film “The Box” or the 2009 sci-fi action film “Real Steel.”
Rebhorn was born September 1, 1948 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Wittenburg University, where he studied Political Science, in 1970. Afterwards he received a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University in New York.
During his time in New York Rebhorn joined the theatre scene as technician and later as an actor. While more known for his screen work, Rebhorn was a theatre actor for most of his career, appearing in seven Broadway shows. He was a member of the Ensemble Studio and Roundabout Theatre Companies and appeared in shows like “Our Town,” “Twelve Angry Men,” and “Too Much, Too Many.”
He is survived by his wife Rebecca and daughters, Hannah and Emma.
Our condolences go out to all of James Rebhorn’s family and friends. He was a great actor who left an impression on all who saw his work.