Known for his roles in Scent of a Woman, The Talented Mr Ripley, Meet the Parents and more recently Homeland, James Rebhorn passed away last Friday (21/03/04), having suffered from a long battle with skin cancer. In a stirring move, the established actor left a message for his friends and family, as well as the public, to be read after his death. The self-penned obituary was posted online by his church on their website, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jersey City, New Jersey.
The obituary gave thanks to his parents for instilling faith in him, giving him “'faith and wisely [encouraging] him to stay in touch with God.''. It went on to praise his children and wife, calling them “the centre of his being”. He wrote “they anchored his life and gave him the freedom to live it. Without them, always at the centre of his being, his life would have been little more than a vapour.
“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.”
It finished with a heartfelt tip pf the hat to his colleagues and friends, saying “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.”