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James Rebhorn dead at 65; character actor had melanoma

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On March 21, 2014, actor James Rebhorn died of melanoma at his home in South Orange, N.J. He was 65. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rebhorn's cause of death was announced by his agent, Dianne Busch on March 23, 2014. Busch said, "He died from melanoma, which had been diagnosed in 1992. He fought it all this time. He died Friday afternoon at his home in New Jersey, where he had been receiving hospice care for a week-and-a-half."

Rebhorn may not have been a household name, but millions of people who watch movies or TV would recognize his face. He was a supporting actor in numerous films, including "Independence Day," "The Game," "Meet the Parents," "My Cousin Vinny," "Cold Mountain" and "Scent of a Woman." (All of these movies are available on VOD, DVD and Blu-ray.) He also had a supporting roles in the TV series "Homeland," "White Collar," "Enlightened" and "Third Watch."

Rebhorn, who was born in Philadelphia, appeared in several theater productions in New York City, including "Twelve Angry Men," "Too Much, Too Much, Too Many," "Prelude to a Kiss" and "The Overwhelming."

In a November 2013 interview with Theatermania (one of his last interviews), he said about "Homeland": "I think it's a terrific show. I was a little nervous with the first episode, to tell you the truth. I know it garnered some good reviews but I didn't quite get it. The last four episodes have been really strong. [This season] raises so many questions that I think are gonna be unanswered. I'm in the last episode briefly, as well, so I have some idea of where these things end up.

Rebhorn is survived by his wife, Rebecca Linn, and his daughters, Hannah and Emma.


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