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James Robert Rebhorn
September 1, 1948
|Died||March 21, 2014 (aged 65)|
South Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
|Education||Wittenberg University (BA)|
Columbia University (MFA)
Rebecca Fulton Linn
James Robert Rebhorn (September 1, 1948 – March 21, 2014) was an American character actor who appeared in over 100 films, television series, and plays. At the time of his death, he had recurring roles in the series White Collar and Homeland. He also appeared in films such as Scent of a Woman, The Game, Carlito's Way, Independence Day, My Cousin Vinny, and Meet the Parents.
Rebhorn was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Ardell Frances (née Hoch) and James Harry Rebhorn, an industrial engineer and salesman. He was of German descent. Rebhorn moved to Anderson, Indiana, as a child and graduated from Madison Heights High School in 1966. A devout Lutheran, he attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where he studied political science.
While there, he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Richard S. Huffman was one of his instructors and directed him in a lead role in Aristophanes' Lysistrata as well as Molière's Tricks of Scapin. After graduating in 1970, Rebhorn moved to New York City, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts in acting from Columbia University's School of the Arts, and joined the metropolitan theater scene.
An early performance was in Butterflies are Free at the Peterborough Players in New Hampshire in 1974. Rebhorn played Peter Latham in Forty Carats at the GasLight Dinner Theatre in Salt Lake City in the 1970s. He was known both for portraying WASP stereotypes, lawyers, politicians, doctors, and military men, as well as portraying individuals engaged in or responsible for criminal behavior.
He delivered equally notable performances in a variety of other roles, including that of a brutal serial killer on NBC's Law & Order (he would later return to the show in the recurring role of defense attorney Charles Garnett), Ellard Muscatine in Lorenzo's Oil (1992), Fred Waters in Blank Check (1994), Clyde Frost, the father of famed bullrider Lane Frost, in 8 Seconds (1994), Lt. Tyler in White Squall (1996), and a shipping magnate in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999).
One of his best known performances was in the popular 1996 film Independence Day, where he played Secretary of Defense Albert Nimzicki. He acted in Scent of a Woman (1992), and played an expert witness in My Cousin Vinny (1992). He appeared in Carlito's Way as an obsessed district attorney the following year. Rebhorn played an FBI Agent in the 1994 film Guarding Tess.
Rebhorn played several roles on television, including an abusive stepfather, Bradley Raines, on the soap opera Guiding Light from 1983 to 1985, and an abusive father, Henry Lange, on sister soap As the World Turns from 1988 to 1991. An earlier daytime role was as John Brady in Texas from 1981 to 1982.
In 1991, he played the role of Ezra in the television movie/pilot Plymouth. He cameoed in Madonna's video for her single "Bad Girl" along with Christopher Walken (1993). In 1994, he appeared in an episode of the Nickelodeon series The Adventures of Pete & Pete, titled "Farewell, My Little Viking", as Mr. McFlemp.
In 1998, he played the District Attorney in the two part series finale of Seinfeld. He appeared in supporting roles in Regarding Henry, The Game, The Talented Mr. Ripley and Meet the Parents. In 2003, he appeared in the Chris Rock film Head of State, as Democratic Senator Bill Arnot. In 2004, he appeared in the television miniseries Reversible Errors. His role in the short-lived and controversial NBC drama The Book of Daniel cast him as the father of the title character. From 2009 to 2013, Rebhorn played the recurring role of Reese Hughes, the FBI white collar division Chief, on White Collar.
Starting in 2011, Rebhorn appeared in the Showtime series Homeland as Frank Mathison, father of the series' main character Carrie Mathison, played by Claire Danes. His character suffered from bipolar disorder like Danes' character did. However, Frank had been able to get it under control and became quite functional on a daily basis with the correct dosing of medications, and would often encourage Carrie to do the same. Rebhorn's death in 2014 meant his character died in the show as well. The season 4 finale of Homeland was dedicated to him.
Rebhorn appeared as a judge in Baby Mama. In the movie The Box, Rebhorn portrayed a NASA scientist. He had a recurring role on the series White Collar as Special Agent Reese Hughes. Rebhorn co-starred in the Comedy Central sitcom Big Lake in 2010. He played Max Kenton's uncle in the movie Real Steel in 2011. He starred as Oren in the miniseries Coma. Rebhorn starred as Gary Pandamiglio in the 2012 Mike Birbiglia comedy Sleepwalk with Me.
In 2012, he played the role of Archbishop McGovern in "Leap of Faith", the 13th episode of the second season of the CBS police procedural drama Blue Bloods. He co-starred in the romantic comedy The Perfect Wedding in 2013. His stage career included seven Broadway productions, as well as numerous appearances with New York City's Roundabout Theatre Company.
Rebhorn was married to Rebecca Linn and was the father of two daughters.
Rebhorn lived in South Orange, New Jersey. On March 21, 2014, he died at his home as a result of melanoma at the age of 65. (He had been receiving hospice care at his home for the melanoma, which he had been battling since 1992.) Rebhorn wrote his own obituary.
|1976||The Yum Yum Girls||Casting Director|
|1980||He Knows You're Alone||Professor Carl Mason|
|1982||Soup for One||Lawyer|
|1983||Silkwood||Los Alamos Doctor|
|1985||Cat's Eye||Drunk Businessman|
|1986||Whatever It Takes||Michael Manion|
|1988||The House on Carroll Street||The Official|
|1988||Heart of Midnight||Richard|
|1991||Regarding Henry||Dr. Sultan|
|1991||Shadows and Fog||Hacker's Vigilante #1|
|1992||My Cousin Vinny||George Wilbur|
|1992||Basic Instinct||Dr. McElwaine|
|1992||White Sands||FBI Agent Flynn|
|1992||Scent of a Woman||Mr. Trask|
|1992||Lorenzo's Oil||Ellard Muscatine|
|1993||Carlito's Way||Bill Norwalk|
|1994||Blank Check||Fred Waters|
|1994||8 Seconds||Clyde Frost|
|1994||Guarding Tess||Howard Schaeffer|
|1994||I Love Trouble||Mando, The Thin Man|
|1996||Up Close & Personal||John Merino|
|1996||If Lucy Fell||Simon Ackerman|
|1996||Independence Day||Albert Nimziki|
|1996||My Fellow Americans||Charlie Reynolds|
|1997||The Game||Jim Feingold|
|1998||All of It||Bill Holbeck|
|1999||Snow Falling on Cedars||Alvin Hooks|
|1999||The Talented Mr. Ripley||Herbert Greenleaf|
|2000||The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle||President Signoff|
|2000||Meet the Parents||Dr. Larry Banks|
|2001||Scotland, PA||Norm Duncan|
|2001||Last Ball||Mr. Corcoran|
|2002||The Adventures of Pluto Nash||Belcher|
|2002||Far from Heaven||Dr. Bowman|
|2003||The Trade||John Torman|
|2003||Head of State||Senator Bill Arnot|
|2004||The Last Shot||Abe White|
|2006||How to Eat Fried Worms||Principal Nelson Burdock|
|2006||Bernard and Doris||Waldo Taft|
|2007||Spinning into Butter||President Winston Garvey|
|2007||Anamorph||Chief Lewellyn Brainard|
|2008||An American Affair||Lucian Carver|
|2009||The International||New York D.A.|
|2009||Don McKay||Dr. Lance Pryce|
|2009||The Box||Norm Cahill|
|2010||A Little Help||Dr. Bronstein|
|2010||The Sparrow and the Tigress||Ernest|
|2011||The Line||The Man||Short|
|2012||Sleepwalk with Me||Frank|
|2012||The Odd Life of Timothy Green||Joseph Crudstaff|
|2012||The Perfect Wedding||Richard Fowler|
|2013||Before I Sleep||Priest||Final film role|
|1977||The Doctors||Tom Carroll|
|1982||Will: G. Gordon Liddy||Peter Maroulis||Television film|
|1981–1982||Texas||John||Recurring cast member|
|1983–1985/1989||Guiding Light||Bradley Raines||Cast member|
|1984||He's Fired, She's Hired||Man on Phone||Television film|
|1985||ABC Weekend Special||Charlie Riley||Episode: "The Adventures of Con Sawyer and Hucklemary Finn"|
|1985||North and South||Major Anderson||Episode: "Episode Six"|
|1985||Kane and Abel||Federal Prosecutor||Episode: "Episode Two"|
|1985–1986||Search for Tomorrow||Al Miller|
|1985–1986||Kate & Allie||Derek||2 episodes|
|1985–1987||Spenser: For Hire||Father Hoyt / Paul Manning||2 episodes|
|1986||Rockabye||Arthur Reardon||Television film|
|1986||A Deadly Business||Corbett||Television film|
|1986–1988||The Equalizer||Gant / Eric||2 episodes|
|1987||Kojak: The Price of Justice||Quibro||Television film|
|1989||Great Performances||Dr. Gibbs||Episode: "Our Town"|
|1989||Kojak: Fatal Flaw||Slusher||Television film|
|1989||ABC Afterschool Special||Dan Jensen||Episode: "A Town's Revenge"|
|1989||Kojak: Ariana||Slusher||Television film|
|1990||H.E.L.P.||Perry||Episode: "Fire Down Below"|
|1990||Against the Law||Mayor||Episode: "We, the Jury"|
|1990||Wiseguy||Agent White||3 episodes|
|1990||Everyday Heroes||Jim||Television film|
|1990||As the World Turns||Angus Oliver / Henry Lange||3 episodes|
|1991||Sarah, Plain and Tall||William Wheaton||Television film|
|1991||Dead and Alive: The Race for Gus Farace||Timothy Lanigan||Television film|
|1992||I'll Fly Away||Roger Thorne||Episode: "The Slightest Distance"|
|1992||Deadly Matrimony||Lieutenant Lloyd Butler||Television film|
|1992–2008||Law & Order||Charles Garnett / Dr. Horace Garrison / Albert Lawrence Cheney||7 episodes|
|1993||JFK: Reckless Youth||St. John||2 episodes|
|1993||Skylark||William Wheaton||Television film|
|1994||The Adventures of Pete & Pete||John McFlemp||2 episodes|
|1995||The Buccaneers||Mr. Closson||Episode: "Invasion"|
|1995||The Wright Verdicts||Will Garrett||Episode: "Special Prosecutor"|
|1996||Mistrial||Mayor Taylor||Television film|
|1997||New York Undercover||Tuckett||Episode: "The Promised Land"|
|1998||From the Earth to the Moon||Harrison Storms||Episode: "Apollo One"|
|1998||Seinfeld||District Attorney Hoyt||Episode: "The Finale"|
|1998||A Bright Shining Lie||Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker||Television film|
|1999–2002||Third Watch||Captain Elchisak||6 episodes|
|2000||Now and Again||General Frederick Augustus Irving||2 episodes|
|2000||Hopewell||John Melville||Television film|
|2001||Amy & Isabelle||Avery Clark||Television film|
|2001||The Practice||Attorney John Rapherson||2 episodes|
|2001||UC: Undercover||Deputy Warden Richard Petrocelli||Episode: "The Siege"|
|2003||Hack||Richard Farrell||2 episodes|
|2004||Reversible Errors||Erno Erdai||Television film|
|2006||Waterfront||Thomas Porter||2 episodes|
|2006||The Book of Daniel||Bertram Webster||6 episodes|
|2006||Candles on Bay Street||Farmer Frieden||Television film|
|2007||The Knights of Prosperity||Harrison Plunk||Episode: "Operation: Rent Money"|
|2008||Comanche Moon||Gov. Elisha Pease||Miniseries|
|2008||Canterbury's Law||Dr. Allen Petch||Episode: "Baggage"|
|2008||Boston Legal||Wade Mathis||2 episodes|
|2009||Royal Pains||Will||Episode: "No Man Is an Island"|
|2009–2013||White Collar||Reese Hughes||16 episodes|
|2010||30 Rock||Dr. Kaplan||2 episodes|
|2010||Big Lake||Carl Franklin||10 episodes|
|2011–2013||Homeland||Frank Mathison||8 episodes|
|2012||Blue Bloods||Archbishop McGovern||Episode: "Leap of Faith"|
|2012||Made in Jersey||Judge Hudnut||Episode: "Ridgewell"|
|2013||The Good Wife||Wilkes Ingersol||Episode: "Boom De Yah Da"|
|2013||Enlightened||Charles Szidon||4 episodes|
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