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James Robert Rebhorn (born September 1, 1948) is an American actor who has appeared in over 100 television shows, feature films & plays.

Personal life

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamarker, Rebhorn moved to Anderson, Indianamarker as a child. A devout Lutheran, he attended Wittenberg University in Springfieldmarker, Ohiomarker, where he studied political science. While there, he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. After graduating in 1970, Rebhorn moved to New York Citymarker, where he earned a Masters of Fine Arts in acting from Columbia University's School of the Arts and joined the metropolitan theater scene. He currently resides in South Orangemarker, New Jerseymarker.


Rebhorn is known for portraying WASPy stereotypes, lawyers, politicians, doctors, and military men, and often plays the bad guy. He has delivered equally notable performances in a variety of other roles, including that of a brutal serial killer on NBC's Law & Order (he would later return to the show as defense attorney Charles Garnett) and a shipping magnate in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999). One of his best known performances came in the popular 1996 film, Independence Day, where he played Secretary of Defense Albert Nimziki. He acted against Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman (1992), and also played an expert witness in My Cousin Vinny (1992) with Marisa Tomei; thus, he acted in scenes with the 1993 Oscar winners for both best actor and best supporting actress. He also appeared again with Al Pacino in Carlito's Way (1993) the following year.

On television, he played several daytime roles, including an abusive stepfather, Bradley Raines, on the soap opera Guiding Light from 1983 to 1985, and an abusive father, Henry Lange, on sister soap As The World Turns from 1988-91. An earlier daytime role was as John Brady in Texas from 1981 to 1982.

In 1998, he played District Attorney in the series finale of Seinfeld. He also appeared in a supporting role in Meet the Parents. In 2004, he appeared in Scott Turow's Reversible Errors. His role in the short-lived and controversial NBC drama The Book of Daniel, cast him as the father of the title character, played by Aidan Quinn. He also appeared as a judge in Baby Mama. His most recent performance was as a NASA scientist in "The Box"


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