If you’ve seen at least one movie in your entire lifetime, there’s a 100% chance that James Rebhorn was in that movie, because he was in everything. James Rebhorn had an acting career that lasted 40 years and he was in 100 TV shows, plays and movies. Deadline says that James died at his home in South Orange, NJ on Friday afternoon from melanoma. James was 65 and he’s survived by his wife and two daughters.
As I keep saying, James was in everything, but here’s just a few things you may know him as:
The dad in Blank Check!!!
Carrie’s father Frank in Homeland
Bradley Raines in Guiding Light
Charles Garnett in Law & Order
Reese Hughes in White Collar
The judge in Baby Mama
Dr. Banks in Meet the Parents
The Secretary of Defense in Independence Day
The DA in the Seinfeld finale
The Thin Man from I Love Trouble (I can’t believe I remember that movie)
He was also in The Game, My Cousin Vinny, Basic Instinct, Scent of a Woman, Lorenzo’s Oil, Carlito’s Way, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain and Far From Heaven. He probably played a doctor more than anyone else and so the next time a casting director has to cast the part of a doctor in a movie, they should either tell the writer to write that role out or cast a James Rebhorn hologram. It’s the right thing to do.
Rest in peace, Mr. Rebhorn.