James Rebhorn dies

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3/23/2014 5:07pm
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UPDATED, SUNDAY 12:35 PM: James Rebhorn died Friday afternoon from melanoma. The actor was diagnosed with melanoma in 1992 and died at home in South Orange, N.J. peacefully around his family. He had been receiving hospice care after being released from NYU Hospital. “He was a wonderful, wonderful man. I represented him since 1990, and I represented him for my entire career,” said his Leading Artist rep Dianne Busch. “He was an absolute joy to work with. He was very funny and was warm. He was drawn to projects with a social conscience. One of his favorite movies that he did was Lorenzo’s Oil because it made a difference. He had a very strong faith and loved his family. His family was extremely important to him and I saw him make career sacrifices for them.” His is survived by wife Becky, and two daughters Hannah and Emma. His family is planning a religious service arrangement to take place in New Jersey.

PREVIOUSLY: The longtime character actor, whose recent recurring credits include playing as Carrie Mathison’s father Showtime’s Homeland and Special Agent Reese Hughes on USA’s White Collar, died Friday at his home. He was 65. James Rebhorn got his start in theater before moving to television where he starred on soaps Guiding Light and As The World Turns in the 1980s, earning a Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for the latter. As a character actor Rebhorn built a career playing figures of authority in films like Independence Day, Scent of a Woman, Carlito’s Way, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Game, Regarding Henry, and Meet the Parents. During his prolific TV career he guest-starred as three different characters in on Law & Order, played the D.A. in the two-part series finale of Seinfeld, and appeared on Third Watch, The Book Of Daniel, 30 Rock, Big Lake, 2012′s Coma miniseries, and HBO’s Enlightened. Rebhorn’s recent big screen credits include Real Steel, Baby Mama, The Odd Life Of Timothy Green, and Sleepwalk With Me.

Strength and Courage,


Anonymous - (3/23/2014 - 7:03pm)

So he passed from the melanoma that was diagnosed in 1992?  It came back 20+ years later?

casagrayson - (3/23/2014 - 7:12pm)

From an updated story:


Rebhorn lost his long battle with skin cancer Friday night at his home in New Jersey, said Dianne Busch, his agent.

“Jim died from melanoma, which was diagnosed in 1992. He has been fighting it all this time,” Busch told ABC News.

Strength and Courage,


JoshF - (3/23/2014 - 7:42pm)

Great actor....terrible loss. It's sad that it takes death to find out he had been battling melanoma. Would obviously like to know more about his story. Possibly wanted to maintain his privacy which is certainly understandable. Going to miss him on Homeland...very recogniozable actor "without" the big name. Peace and comfort to his family!!!

Let's work for better treatments....for a cure!!!!

Anonymous - (3/23/2014 - 8:20pm)

I'm curious too because if he was battling it for 20+ years receiving treatment, etc. . .that is different than being diagnosed and it recurs 15-20 years later. . this case sounds like he was dealing with it the whole time, like it wasn't a diagnosis a long time ago and then recurred years later. . that it was there the whole time but must have been under control until recently