Play Inspired Homeland Actor to Pen Own Obituary
'He was a lucky man in every way'
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2014 1:03 AM CDT
In this Nov. 4, 2009 fphoto, actor James Rebhorn attends the premiere of "The Box" in New York.    (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, File)

(Newser) – Veteran character actor James Rebhorn wrote his own touching obituary after being inspired by a character in his final theater performance who did the same, his agent tells the Hollywood Reporter. In the obituary posted on his church's website, the Homeland actor, who has died at the age of 65, focuses on his family, paying heartfelt tribute to his wife and two daughters. "They anchored his life and gave him the freedom to live it. Without them, always at the center of his being, his life would have been little more than a vapor," he writes in the obituary, titled "His Life, According to Jim."

"Jim was fortunate enough to earn his living doing what he loved," he writes. "He was a professional actor. His unions were always there for him, and he will remain forever grateful for the benefits he gained as a result of the union struggle. Without his exceptional teachers and the representation of the best agents in the business, he wouldn’t have had much of a career. He was a lucky man in every way."

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Mar 26, 2014 12:28 AM CDT
There are 2 parts that stand out to me. In "Independence Day," who can forget his response to the question of Area 51. Then there was, "The Game," a truly unique film. He was one of the most active character actors in the business. Rebhorn will be missed.
Mar 25, 2014 8:13 AM CDT
What a wonderful man! He will be missed, as I enjoyed him in whatever character he portrayed. He obviously was very grateful for his family and their wisdom for him to be an actor. My best to his family.
Mar 25, 2014 4:37 AM CDT
We should all be so lucky as to want to thank those in our lives that made us happy. Usually, by the time we have the wisdom to realize who the giants where in our lives, they are gone. Here, "Jim" got to thank his family, which should give them peace of mind in their time of grief. Well played.