James Rebhorn, who starred on Showtime’s Homeland, died on Friday night at his New Jersey home. He was 65.

James Rebhorn Dies

Rebhorn had long battled skin cancer. Since 1992, the actor had been receiving treatments for melanoma, his wife Rebecca Rebhorn told TMZ. Recently, his condition drastically worsened, forcing him into hospice care at his home.

On Homeland, Rebhorn played Frank Mathison, the father of Claire Danes’ character, Carrie Mathison, over the course of the show’s three years. Like Carrie, he too suffered from bipolar disorder. Now medicated, he often tried in collusion with her sister Maggie (Amy Hargreaves) to get Carrie to continue taking her pills.

In addition to Homeland, Rebhorn had recurring parts on White Collar and Enlightened over the last few years. He also appeared on The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, and 30 Rock. His best-known movie roles were in 90s films, Scent of a Woman, The Game and Independence Day and 2000’s Meet the Fockers.

Rebhorn also had an active career on the stage. He starred in the original stage production of I’m Not Rappaport in 1995 and in revivals of both Our Town and 12 Angry Men. Most recently, he starred in Too Much, Too Much, Too Many at the Roundabout Theatre as a father with Alzheimer's, a role for which he received rave reviews. “Mr. Rebhorn gives a beautiful portrait of a man struggling to come to terms with his faltering mind,” wrote The New York Times critic Charles Isherwood.

“[James] was a wonderful, wonderful man. I represented him since 1990, and I represented him for my entire career,” said his Leading Artist rep Dianne Busch, according to Deadline. “He was an absolute joy to work with. He was very funny and was warm. He was drawn to projects with a social conscience. One of his favorite movies that he did was Lorenzo’s Oil because it made a difference. He had a very strong faith and loved his family. His family was extremely important to him and I saw him make career sacrifices for them.”

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

– Chelsea Regan

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