Homeland actor James Rebhorn dies aged 65

The actor, who appeared in films including My Cousin Vinny, Meet the Parents, Basic Instinct, The Talented Mr Ripley and Independence Day, died at his home in New Jersey

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Homeland actor James Rebhorn dies aged 65
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Ciera Velarde

Actor James Rebhorn, best known for his role on the TV series Homeland and the film A Scent of a Woman, has died at the age of 65.

Rebhorn died from melanoma, which he had been fighting since his diagnosis in 1992, his agent Dianne Busch said. 

"He died (on) Friday afternoon at his home in New Jersey, where he had been receiving hospice care for a week and a half," Busch said.

The actor had a career that spanned five decades and included varied roles in both television and film. One of his most recent roles was on Homeland as Frank Mathison, the father of CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes).

His extensive film CV included roles in A Scent of a Woman, My Cousin Vinny, Meet the Parents, Basic Instinct, The Talented Mr Ripley and Independence Day. 

As for television, he has appeared on many US television shows including Law & Order, Enlightened and Seinfeld, in which he played the lawyer in the show's series finale that got Jerry and the gang behind bars. 

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