James Rebhorn, a film and television actor who tackled many soap opera roles in his accomplished career, has died. Rebhorn was 65.
James Rebhorn passed away from melanoma on March 21, 2014. The actor, who was 65 at the time of his death, was originally diagnosed with melanoma in 1992.
Rebhorn was most recently seen on television as Frank Mathison, the father of Claire Danes's character, Carrie Mathison, on Homeland
and as Reese Hughes, head of the FBI's Manhattan white-collar crime unit, on White Collar
. He also had memorable roles in films including Scent of a Woman
, Meet the Parents
, The Game
, and Independence Day
Rebhorn played a variety of soap roles throughout his career: Tom Carroll on The Doctors
in 1977, John Brady on Texas
in 1980, Bradley Raines
on Guiding Light from 1983 to 1985 (and later recurring in 1989 and 1990), Al Miller in Search for Tomorrow
from 1985 until 1986, and Henry Lange on As the World Turns from 1988 until 1991. In 2010, he returned briefly to ATWT, where he played Angus Oliver for two episodes.
While his two most memorable soap roles were abusive fathers, Beth Raines Spaulding's stepfather on GL and Angel Lange Snyder's father on ATWT, Rebhorn was known in real life for his kindness.
Tina Sloan, who played Rebhorn's character's wife on GL, remembered her former co-star on Twitter, saying, "I just returned from Rio to learn Bradley Raines, the wonderful Jim Rebhorn had died. RIP Jim, the kindest best man playing the evilest on GL."
Another fellow soap actor, Vincent Irizarry (ex-Brandon "Lujack" Luvanoczeck
) said, "Deeply sorry 2 hear of James Rebhorn's passing. Dear, dear man, wonderful actor. Ur light & gift will b truly missed."
"James was such a gentle, sweet man -- that's the proof of what a great actor he was," Judi Evans (ex-Beth Raines) told Soaps In Depth
Rebhorn is survived by his wife, Becky, and two daughters, Hannah and Emma.
In lieu of flowers, Jim requested that mourners make donations to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
(by check or in cash), the Actors Fund
, or the Appalachian Mountain Club
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