James Rebhorn, Who You Totally Know from Things, Has Died

March 24, 2014


James Rebhorn, a definitive character actor who you definitely remember from so many things that you can't quite put your finger on, has reportedly died at the age of 65. According to the LA Times, Rebhorn died Friday due to melanoma.

Rebhorn's lengthy career spanned decades and included 125 credits. He recently had a regular part on Homeland, but there's no telling what various series and films you might know him for. He was in Independence Day, Baby Mama, Scent of a Woman, Meet the Parents, Seinfeld, Basic Instinct, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, and the list goes on--impressively without any rhyme or reason. If you needed a respectable actor to be older, balding, and thin, he was the go-to, and he would inevitably deliver a performance that would disappear into the story, letting the audience forget how many other things they'd seen the guy in. Somehow it was always fine that this guy playing a serious lawyer was playing a crazy dentist on 30 Rock the night before. That's a character actor for you. A really, really good character actor, at least.

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