Veteran actor dies of skin cancer

THAT SUIT GUY: Rebhorn liked to joke that his characters always wore suits.


    Mar 25, 2014

    Veteran actor dies of skin cancer


    JAMES Rebhorn, a character actor who appeared in dozens of popular movies and television shows and starred recently in the Showtime hit Homeland, died on Friday at his home in South Orange, New Jersey. He was 65.

    The cause was melanoma, his agent, Ms Dianne Busch, said.

    Rebhorn had memorable supporting roles in major films and worked in television and theatre. He appeared in more than 50 films, including Meet The Parents, Independence Day, My Cousin Vinny and Cold Mountain.

    In the acclaimed political thriller Homeland, now in its fourth season on Showtime, he played the pivotal role of Frank Mathison, the father of Carrie Mathison, the CIA officer played by Claire Danes.

    The show has chronicled how both father and daughter have grappled with bipolar disorder.

    Tall and lanky with an ever-receding hairline, Rebhorn liked to joke that his characters tended to wear suits, whether he was the secretary of defence in Independence Day, the 1996 blockbuster about an alien invasion, or an assistant district attorney in the series finale of Seinfeld.

    Rebhorn was born on Sept 1, 1948, in Philadelphia. He said he had considered becoming a Lutheran minister but ultimately decided to study political science and theatre at Wittenberg University in Ohio.

    He then moved to New York and received a master's degree in fine arts from Columbia University.

    In the 1980s, he acted in a number of television movies and the movie Silkwood.

    In the 1990s, he had supporting roles in films like The Talented Mr Ripley, Scent Of A Woman, Basic Instinct, Carlito's Way, Lorenzo's Oil and Woody Allen's Shadows And Fog.

    More recently, he appeared in The Odd Life Of Timothy Green and Sleepwalk With Me, both in 2012. He continued to work in television as well, appearing in Law & Order and The Practice.

    He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Linn, and his daughters, Hannah and Emma.