Prolific US actor James Rebhorn, who played the father of Claire Danes's character in TV drama Homeland, has died at the age of 65.
24 Mar 2014 - 7:20 AM  UPDATED 24 Mar 2014 - 10:59 AM

James Rebhorn, the prolific US character actor in Homeland, Scent of a Woman and My Cousin Vinny, has died at the age of 65.

Rebhorn's agent, Dianne Busch, says the actor died on Friday at his home in New Jersey.

She declined to give details on the nature of his death.

In five decades of television and film work, Rebhorn amassed more than 100 credits, ranging from a shipping magnate in The Talented Mr Ripley to the prosecutor in the series finale of Seinfeld.

The lanky but piercing Rebhorn, raised a Lutheran in Indiana, often played astringent authorities, like the headmaster in Scent of a Woman and lawyers on Boston Legal and The Practice.

On Homeland, he played the father of CIA officer Carrie Mathison.

His other memorable film credits include the resentful Secretary of Denfence Albert Nimziki in Independence Day (pictured),  and the humourless father of a sleepwalking comedian in last year's independent release, Sleepwalk With Me.