'Independence Day' Character Actor James Rebhorn Dies at Age 65
While losing a lead actor like Philip Seymour Hoffman is always devastating, it's never easier when a fantastic supporting actor leaves this world. Therefore, we're disheartened to report that character actor James Rebhorn has passed away at age 65 after a battle with skin cancer, according to THR. Lately, Rebhorn had been seen most prominently on the small screen as Claire Danes' father on the Showtime drama series "Homeland," not to mention a recurring role on the USA series "White Collar." But Rebhorn also appeared on the big screen, and was easily one of the better known "Hey, it's that guy!" actors.
Rebhorn has appeared in over 100 projects, including various episodes of television and feature films. The actor's more prominent roles on the big screen included Desperate Hours, Regarding Henry, Basic Instinct, Lorenzo's Oil, The Scent of a Woman, Guarding Tess, Independence Day, The Game, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Meet the Parents, Far From Heaven and Cold Mountain. His most recent film roles included brief appearances in Real Steel in 2011 along with Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk with Me and The Odd Life of Timothy Green in 2012.
In addition, to Rebhorn's most recent TV work on "Homeland" and "White Collar," the actor also popped up on "30 Rock," "Enlightened" and "The Good Wife." TV series creator David E. Kelley had a fondness for Rebhorn as he had the actor pop up in "The Practice" and "Boston Legal," in addition to his recurring roles in other series like "Third Watch" and "Law & Order." Rebhorn brought plenty of charisma to the various characters he brought to life on the big screen, and his presence as a gifted character actor will undoubtedly be missed. Rest in peace.