Actor James Rebhorn Dead at 65

'Homeland' character actor battled skin cancer for years
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2014 2:34 PM CDT

(Newser) – James Rebhorn, a character actor known for playing Claire Danes' troubled father on Homeland, died at home in New Jersey on Friday at age 65, TMZ reports. The Philadelphia native had been battling skin cancer since his melanoma diagnosis in 1992. Rebhorn's prolific, five-decade career included a memorable role as the district attorney who sent Jerry and his pals to jail in the 1998 Seinfeld finale, says the Hollywood Reporter. He also took turns as an FBI witness in My Cousin Vinny and attorneys on The Practice and Boston Legal.

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His lengthy film resumé included Silkwood, Basic Instinct, Scent of a Woman, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Meet the Parents. He was also a fixture at the Roundabout Theatre Company, where he recently played a father with Alzheimer's in Too Much, Too Much, Too Many at the Black Box Theatre in New York, and acted in revivals of Our Town and 12 Angry Men. "James Rebhorn, RIP," tweeted actor Patton Oswalt. "On behalf of all film buffs, we took for granted you'd always be there & be great, 'cause you always were." (Read more obituary stories.)

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