An obituary penned by James Rebhorn, who died on March 21 from skin cancer, has just been released in the wake of the 65-year-old's death and serves as an incredibly moving tribute to not the actor himself, but the loved ones who've stood by him through every chapter of his life.
The Philadelphia native had a successful career in television, film and theater, playing supporting roles in major movies like Scent of a Woman, Meet the Parents, Independence Day and Basic Instinct and landing reoccurring story arcs on shows like Homeland and White Collar.
But instead of listing his many accolades as part of his final curtain call, the actor takes the time to express his gratitude to his parents, wife, daughters, teachers and co-workers, showing that after a 20+ year struggle with melanoma he's facing death with an abundance of thanks.
Rebhorn on the series finale of Seinfeld in 1998
Titled "His Life, According to Jim," the actor begins by remembering his mother Ardell, who "loved him very much and supported all his dreams," while his father James taught him "that there is no excuse for poor craftsmanship. A job well done rarely takes more or less time than a job poorly done."
He adds that both "gave him his faith and wisely encouraged him to stay in touch with God."
Wife Rebecca and daughters Emma and Hannah "anchored his life and gave him the freedom to live it. Without them, always at the center of his being, his life would have been little more than a vapor."
'Homeland' Star James Rebhorn Dies at 65
Rebhorn notes how Rebecca "loved him with all his flaws, and in her the concept of ceaseless love could find no better example." His two girls "made him immensely proud. Their dedication to improving our species and making the world a better place gave him hope for the future."
He expresses hope "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."
Rebhorn in Showtime's hit series Homeland
The actor ends his obituary by expressing his joy at being able"to earn his living doing what he loved. Without his exceptional teachers and the representation of the best agents in the business, he wouldn’t have had much of a career."
And though he knew he was dying from cancer, the father and husband humbly acknowledges, "He was a lucky man in every way."
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