'Independence Day' Character Actor James Rebhorn Dies at Age 65

March 23, 2014
Source: THR

James Rebhorn

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.

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Man, this guy was one of the more regal actors out there. I will miss his performances.

DAVIDPD on Mar 23, 2014


Wow sorry to hear about this!

Jimmy Love on Mar 23, 2014


ugh awful news! What a great actor:(

SkyNet300 on Mar 23, 2014


Aw. RIP. Good actor. Loved him in The Game.

Xerxexx on Mar 23, 2014


Stands out in my mind as his best performance / role as well.

avconsumer2 on Mar 24, 2014


The cat doesn't even have thumbs, Focker

bjc5379 on Mar 23, 2014


Wow, did you have to use Independence Day as the movie to associate this fine man and actor with? RIP, Mr. Rebhorn.

cobrazombie on Mar 23, 2014


Loved him in Disney's Blank Check.

Darrell D. on Mar 23, 2014


R.I.P. good sir. Thanks for the great movies!

Rock n Rollllll on Mar 24, 2014


He was always a great addition to any film he was in. RIP

grimjob on Mar 24, 2014

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