'Homeland' actor James Rebhorn dies at 65
James Rebhorn, one of the busiest character actors in New York and Hollywood who specialized in flawed authority figures, including the bipolar father of a CIA agent in the HBO series Homeland, died on Friday at his home in South Orange, N.J. He was 65.
His death was confirmed by his wife, Rebecca Linn. He had melanoma.
An instantly recognizable face on stage and screen for more than three decades, Rebhorn was often typecast as WASP-ish businessmen, lawyers and cabinet ministers — powerful men whose dignified appearance often hid eccentricities, menace or even insanity.
On television, Rebhorn had a recurring part on the HBO show White Collar (2009-14) and, playing a district attorney, prosecuted the Seinfeld cast on that series’ 1998 finale.
Rebhorn’s movie roles, though small, were often pivotal to the plot. In The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), he played the wealthy shipbuilder whose spoiled son (Jude Law) disappeared, killed by sociopath Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) who has taken the son’s identity. As the headmaster Mr. Trask in Scent of a Woman (1992), he faced off against a blind and argumentative Vietnam vet (Al Pacino) defending one of Trask’s students accused of cheating.
His other movie appearances included Silkwood (1983), Independence Day (1996) as the secretary of defense, Meet the Parents (2000) and Carlito’s Way (1993).
In addition to his wife of 32 years, survivors include two daughters, Emma Rebhorn and Hannah Rebhorn.