Yahoo NewsBy: Bryan Enk
March 23, 2014
Hollywood is mourning one of its most recognized "that guys" as James Rebhorn has died at age 65.
The veteran character actor, who had an extensive resume of memorable supporting roles in a wide variety of genres from sci-fi blockbusters ("Independence Day") to gritty thrillers ("The Game") to Oscar-winning tearjerkers ("Scent of a Woman"), passed away on Friday surrounded by his family, a rep for Rebhorn confirms to Yahoo Movies.
In all, he appeared in more than 100 television shows, feature films, and stage productions, staking his claim as one of the industry's go-to "that guy" thespians.
Rebhorn was born on Sept. 1, 1948, in Philadelphia and moved to Anderson, Indiana, shortly thereafter, where he matriculated from Madison Heights High School. He attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where he appeared in theatrical productions of Aristophanes's "Lysistrata" and Moliere's "Tricks of Scapin." After graduating in 1970, he moved to New York City, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts at Columbia University and became active in the theater scene.
Rebhorn made his big screen debut as the Casting Director in the little-seen show business comedy, "The Yum Yum Girls" (1976). Some of his most memorable roles include New England prep school headmaster Mr. Trask in "Scent of a Woman" (1992), Secretary of Defense Albert Nimzicki in "Independence Day" (1996), put-upon actor Jim Feingold in "The Game" (1997), and wealthy shipbuilder Herbert Greenleaf (the father of Jude Law's character) in "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999).
Rebhorn also worked with his "Scent of a Woman" co-star Al Pacino in "Carlito's Way" (1993) and his "The Game" co-star Michael Douglas in "Basic Instinct" (1992). Other notable film appearances include "Lorenzo's Oil" (1992), Ridley Scott's "White Squall" (1996), "Meet the Parents" (2000), "Scotland, Pa." (2001), and "Cold Mountain" (2003).
Rebhorn's most recent film roles include Marvin in "Real Steel" (2011), Joseph Crudstaff in "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" (2012), and Frank in Mike Birbiglia's "Sleepwalk with Me" (2012).
Rebhorn had several notable TV credits, including the recurring role of Reese Hughes on "White Collar" (2009-2013) and appearances on "Law & Order," "Boston Legal" and "The Book of Daniel." His most recent television role was Frank Mathison, the father of CIA operative Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), on Showtime's "Homeland."
REBHORN, James (James Robert Rebhorn)
Born: 9/1/1948, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Died: 3/21/2014, South Orange, New Jersey, U.S.A.
James Rebhorn’s westerns – actor:
8 Seconds – 1994 (Clyde Frost)
Comanche Moon (TV) – 2008 (Governor Elisha Pease)