NEW YORK – James Rebhorn, the prolific character actor whose credits included Homeland, Scent of a Woman and My Cousin Vinny, has died. He was 65.
Rebhorn’s agent, Dianne Busch, said Sunday that the actor died Friday at his home in South Orange, N.J., after a long battle with skin cancer.
In five decades of television and film work, Rebhorn amassed more than 100 credits, including a shipping magnate in The Talented Mr. Ripley and the prosecutor in the series finale of Seinfeld, in which he famously sent the group to jail.
The lanky but piercing Rebhorn, a Philadelphia native raised in Anderson, Ind., often played astringent authorities, including the headmaster in Scent of a Woman and the secretary of Defense in Independence Day.
On Homeland, he played the father of Claire Danes’ CIA officer Carrie Mathison. He also had a recurring role on the USA Network series White Collar playing the FBI head of a white-collar crime unit.
He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Linn, and two daughters.