Sad news to report today as character actor James Rebhorn has died at the age of 65. Rebhorn was best known as a character actor who had roles in over 100 films and TV series including Independence Day, Scent of a Woman, The Game, and Meet the Parents. He could always be counted on to play an arrogant, patriarchal figure, and a memorable one at that.
Most cinephiles probably know his name, but if you went up to the average person today and told them that James Rebhorn had died, they would probably respond, “Who’s that?” Personally, he was the first “Hey, it’s that guy!” actor whose name I wanted to know because I kept recognizing him in movies. And I’m sure if you pointed out that Rebhorn was the sniveling advisor from Independence Day or the guy who kept saying “Jesus, Focker!” in Meet the Parents, an average person could recall the face. If you read this article, I hope you remember his name, because his presence in movies and TV shows will be missed. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.