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James Rebhorn dies

Writer: Elaine Ewe

25 Mar – After a long and painful battle with melanoma for 42 years, actor James Rebhorn recently died at the age of 65.

According to Empire Online, the actor, who is best known for playing Frank Mathison, the father of the protagonist Carrie Mathison on Showtime's television series "Homeland", died from the skin cancer at his home in South Orange, New Jersey. He is survived by his wife Rebecca Linn and two daughters.

Despite his condition, Rebhorn continued working until last month. His agent, Dianne Busch said, "He fought it all this time. He died [on] Friday afternoon at his home in New Jersey, where he had been receiving hospice care for a week and a half."

In a career that spanned five decades, Rebhorn has appeared in over 100 films, television series, and plays. Aside from "Homeland", he appeared in TV shows including "The Good Wife", "White Collar" and "30 Rock", and films such as "The Talented Mr Ripley", "Independence Day", "Meet The Parents", "Carlito's Way" and "Basic Instinct".

James Rebhorn in a scene with Will Smith in "Independence Day".

Many celebrities are shocked to hear about the actor's death and have paid tributes to the character actor.

Director Roland Emmerich, who worked with him on "Independence Day", Tweeted: "It's a sad day. I just learned James Rebhorn passed. Such a great talent and always a joy to work with. RIP."

Actor Jason Alexander, who played George Costanza in the long-running U.S. sitcom "Seinfeld", Tweeted: "RIP James Rebhorn, a lovely man and a terrific actor."

Cinema Online, 25 March 2014