Published Monday, 24 March 2014
The veteran character actor, known for his roles in Scent of a Woman and TV drama Homeland, died at the age of 65 at his home in New Jersey after a long battle skin cancer.
Knowing the disease would take over his life, Rebhorn wrote an emotional and heartfelt obituary for himself, which was posted on the website for St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jersey City, New Jersey, where the actor was a member.
Titled His Life, According to Jim, the piece reads: "James Robert Rebhorn was born on Sept. 1, 1948, in Philadelphia, PA (Pennsylvania). His mother, Ardell Frances Rebhorn, nee Hoch, loved him very much and supported all his dreams. She taught him the value of good manners and courtesy, and that hospitality is no small thing.
"His father, James Harry Rebhorn, was no less devoted to him. From him, Jim learned that there is no excuse for poor craftsmanship. A job well done rarely takes more or less time than a job poorly done. They gave him his faith and wisely encouraged him to stay in touch with God."
Rebhorn also paid tribute to his sister, Janice Barbara Galbraith, and his wife, Rebecca Fulton Linn, and his two daughters, Emma and Hannah, stating: "They anchored his life and gave him the freedom to live it."
He adds: "His children made him immensely proud. Their dedication to improving our species and making the world a better place gave him hope for the future. They deal with grief differently, and they should each manage it as they see fit. He hopes, however, that they will grieve his passing only as long as necessary. They have much good work to do, and they should get busy doing it."
He concludes: "Jim was fortunate enough to earn his living doing what he loved. He was a professional actor. His unions were always there for him, and he will remain forever grateful for the benefits he gained as a result of the union struggle. Without his exceptional teachers and the representation of the best agents in the business, he wouldn't have had much of a career. He was a lucky man in every way."