James Rebhorn, Homeland Actor, Dies at 65

By April Lara | 3 years ago
James Rebhorn, Homeland Actor, Dies at 65

James Rebhorn, the “Homeland” actor, has died at age 65 due to melanoma on March 21, 2014. It was a sad day for the movie and television industry as another great actor passed away.

Rebhorn has been in the entertainment industry for more than 40 years. He is well known today for playing Claire Danes’ (Carrie Mathison) father in the Showtime TV show, “Homeland.” He also had recurring roles on the USA Network hit “White Collar” as Special Agent Reese Hughes.


James Rebhorn’s agent, Dianne Busch has confirmed the actor’s death to The Hollywood Reporter.

“He died from melanoma, which had been diagnosed in 1992,”  said Busch.

“He fought it all this time. He died Friday afternoon at his home in New Jersey, where he had been receiving hospice care for a week and a half,” she added.

Rebhorn has a great reputation and almost everyone can easily recognize him on his shows that he played in even without knowing his name. You’ve seen him on “Law & Order,” “Boston Legal”, “The Practice” and other shows during the 80’s and the 90’s.  He also appeared on the shows “30 Rock,” “Katie & Allie” and “The Equalizer.”

The actor kept himself busy throughout his career life, which is why he is such a familiar face. He is known to play “professional” roles of being a lawyer, politician, doctor or a military man but he played a criminal on NBC’s “Law & Order.”

Rebhorn also starred in films such as “Scent of a Woman” (one of his best roles as he played opposite Al Pacino and Chris O’Donnell), “Independence Day,” “Cold Mountain,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “Snow Falling on Cedars,” “Up Close & Personal,” “White Squall,” “My Cousin Vinny”  and “Far From Heaven.”

He was also a member of the Roundabout Theatre Company. He starred in several plays such as “Too Much, Too Much, Too Many,” “I’m Not Rappaport,” “Our Town” and “12 Angry Men.”

Another great actor has left the entertainment industry but we know that he lived an amazing life and he was able to excel, especially in acting. Surely, James Rebhorn will always be remembered.