Actor James Rebhorn died on Friday at his home in New Jersey. He was 65.

Actor James Rebhorn died on Friday at his home in New Jersey. He was 65. Photo: AP

James Rebhorn, a prolific character actor who appeared in Homeland, Scent of a Woman and My Cousin Vinny, has died. He was 65.

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

"He died from melanoma, which had been diagnosed in 1992," Busch stated. "He fought it all this time. He died Friday afternoon at his home in New Jersey, where he had been receiving hospice care for a week and a half."

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 the TV comedy 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.

Actress Frances Fisher, who appears on the new TV series Resurrection, tweeted the news on Sunday. ‘‘Shocked and saddened to hear of James Rebhorn’s passing. Jim was a consummate actor with whom I had the pleasure to work when we were young,’’ Fisher wrote.

Rebhorn's lengthy film credits also include Silkwood (1983), The House on Carroll Street (1988), Desperate Hours (1990), Regarding Henry (1991), Shadows and Fog (1991), Basic Instinct (1992), Lorenzo's Oil (1992), Guarding Tess (1994), Independence Day (1996), The Game (1997), Snow Falling on Cedars (1999), Meet the Parents (2000), The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000), Far From Heaven (2002), Cold Mountain (2003), Real Steel (2011) and The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012).

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

Rebhorn is survived by his wife, Rebecca, and daughters Hanna and Emma. 

AP with WENN and Aja Styles