Homeland actor James Rebhorn dies

2014-03-24 08:39

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James Rebhorn, the tall, lanky character actor who appeared in dozens of movies and television shows, including the Showtime political thriller Homeland, has died at 65.

Rebhorn died on Friday of melanoma at his home in New Jersey, the New York Times reported. The newspaper cited his agent, Dianne Busch, who was not available for comment.

The actor worked regularly in film, television and on stage, and appeared in more than 50 films, including Independence Day, My Cousin Vinny, Basic Instinct and Cold Mountain.

He also was known for his role in Scent of A Woman in 1992.

As a stage actor, he appeared in a revival of Twelve Angry Men in 2004. He had numerous roles on television, including a memorable part as the assistant district attorney who sent the Seinfeld cast to jail in the series’ finale.

He had most recently appeared in Homeland as Frank Mathison, the father of Carrie Mathison, the CIA officer played by Claire Danes. The show has featured how both daughter and father have grappled with bipolar disorder.

Rebhorn was born on September 1 1948 in Philadelphia, the Times said. He leaves behind two daughters, Hannah and Emma, and his wife, Rebecca Linn.

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