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James Rebhorn Dead At 65! Remembered By Soap Fans For Roles On GL, ATWT, and More!

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Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

Sad news hitting the Internet this morning has that veteran character actor James Rebhorn passed away at age 65 on Friday.  Rebhorn, one of the great character actors of film, stage and television has most recently been seen as Claire Danes on-screen father in Homeland and as Special Agent Reese Hughes on White Collar.

However, daytime fans saw Rebhorn’s work for decades in a series of juicy roles! Guiding Light fans remember him as Bradley Raines. the man who raped Beth Raines! He also played Henry Lange on As the World Turns, and was a important part in the Luke and Reid story ending.  After Reid tragically died, Luke with the help of Holden and Lily sought out Angus Oliver, played by the late Rebhorn to sign some important papers that were key to the story.  In addition, James had roles on The Doctors, Search For Tomorrow, and Texas.

His film credits included: Independence Day, Scent of a Woman, Carlito’s Way, and The Talented Mr. Ripley.  According to Deadline.com, Rebhorn’s family is planning a religious service to be held in New Jersey.

Now in honor of Rebhorn, watch the touching performance from As the World Turns featuring Noelle Beck (Ex-Lily), Jon Hensley (Holden) and James!  Then, let us know what your thoughts are on the passing of this talented actor.

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rebecca1
rebecca1

very sad; never saw him on any soaps but in many films/other TV shows. liked his steady/familiar presence….

read he passed from melanoma…though it’d been diagnosed in 1992. terrible that it either never left his system…or came back. just very sad and a loss to film/TV.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

From 1983-85, he was the repulsive, universally-reviled Bradley Raines on GUIDING LIGHT – and he took no prisoners in that role. I’m sure it was difficult to play someone that two-faced & abusive on a soap. Supporting roles on movies & in evening tv series are one thing. But, 5 days/week for nearly 3 years (he recurred after 1985) on a soap must be quite draining. It feels odd to say that while I didn’t “enjoy” the storyline, it was certainly mesmerizing and riveting. He was a large part of it, and his unmasking in court as a rapist & abuser was incredibly satisfying. I’m sorry he won’t be returning to WHITE COLLAR now as Neal’s FBI Section Chief because his character was really a much better one than Agent Peter Burke IMO. RIP, Mr. Rebhorn!

Beth CP
Beth CP

Agree totally. His role as Bradley Raines was one that gave me nightmares. The man inhabited the part. to where he was unforgetable. Sympathy and comfort o his family.

Mark Y
Mark Y

Sad to read this.

Sammie
Sammie

A terrific character actor that could play both heavy and light roles. I’ve seen him in many movies, on many TV shows, and other programs. Very sad.

angie H
angie H

So sorry to hear of James Rebhorn’s passing. I first saw his great acting as the creepy rapist Bradley Raines on Guiding Light. Then saw him on Scent of Woman and many, many shows and movies. I am sure he will be missed My condolences to his family and friends.

Monica Junge
Monica Junge

so sad , was a good actor.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Mr. Rebhorn…you will be truly missed. Rest In Peace. Amen.

Elaine Cole
Elaine Cole

I remember him from Guiding Light as Bradley Raines. He made me hate him like he did in all his villain roles. Seems he made it impossible to see him any other way. He was a brilliant actor. My thoughts are with his family and other loved ones. He will truly be missed.

blake
blake

He was amazing as Bradley Raines on Guiding Light. I wish you had used a clip of him on GL.

Carol
Carol

So sad to hear this. Watched him many years in his role as Bradley Raines in my favorite soap, The Guiding Light. Had my picture taken with him in Central Park in the early 80s when we were on a day trip to New York and he was with fellow actors filming the “Santa Claus” sequence of the Guiding Light. Had a nice chat with him about the throes of unemployment and how it can affect the male ego. If you recall Bradley Raines was out of work and he stayed home drinking while his wife went to work at her job of nursing and he became despondent and abusive. Each time I saw him on other TV shows, I always said…”I talked with him in person!” A great actor and a nice gentleman. Sorry he’s gone.

Adrienne
Adrienne

He was a wonderful actor. I knew his wife and send her my condolences. I enjoyed every performance in which I saw him, but probably remember him most as Angel’s father – a character so unlike his own, but played beautifully.

Don H
Don H

I think I can remember him on the “Edge of Night”, but the character name escapes me.

Charles B
Charles B

James Rebhorn was a great actor. He scared the heck out of me as Bradley Raines on Guiding Light. The clip from As The World Turns reminded me of the quality of those P&G soaps. RIP

nancy Tierney
nancy Tierney

What a wonderful talent. I so enjoyed seeing him play so many memorable characters. I am very sorry about his death.

Nancy in denver

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The fourth and final season of the much heralded LGBTQ series, EastSiders now has a premiere date of December 1st on Netflix, and fans of the show will see how things will play out for the Silver Lake duo of Cal  and Thom, who have gone through quite a lot in their relationship over the last three seasons.

EastSiders stars series creator, Kit Williamson (Cal) along with As the World Turns favorite, Van Hansis (Thom).  The last six-episodes that comprise season four will tackle questions such as… what does commitment really look like in a long-term relationship? And what unique challenges does a “gay marriage” present?

In story, Cal and Thom are back home in Los Angeles following season three’s cross-country road trip.  The guys are still trying to figure out if they are just best friends with benefits, or more, or less, than that.

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Over the last several hours, reports have broke that one of daytime’s most notable scribes has died.  Hogan Sheffer, who was head writer at As the World Turns, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless has passed away at the age of 61.

Soap Hub, first reported the news via multiple sources, however, many writers who worked with Hogan during his tenure on the soaps have taken to social media to share their condolences and their grief and remembrances.

Sheffer’s appearance on the soap scene was unexpected, especially in a genre where it is often rare for new blood to take the reins at the head writer position.  Proctor & Gamble had decided to bring in Hogan after his work as the Director of Screenplay Development for DreamWorks, not because of his writing credits for a previous network soap.  He was given trial deal as a breakdown writer for the CBS soap and 10-weeks in became the beloved town of Oakdale’s new head writer.

Hogan and his then writing team were able to turn the classic, As the World Turns around.  The show went up in the ratings and during his time with the series ‘World Turn’s’ won two Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series, and he and the writing team picked up four Emmy victories all through 2000-2004.

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Next, Sheffer landed in Salem as head writer of Days of our Lives along with Meg Kelly from 2006 through to the beginning of 2008.   He would later join The Young and the Restless and team up with then head writers: Maria Arena Bell and Scott Hamner, and eventually stay with the show till 2012.  During Sheffer’s time in Genoa City, Y&R also won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in 2011.

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On Sunday, former WWE and daytime writer Tom Casiello, who was extremely close with Sheffer…  and who shared how Hogan gave him his start at writing in daytime, took to his Facebook page to pay tribute to a man who had such an impact on his life and many others.  It is worth the read here. 

Y&R writer, Sara Bibel tweeted: “Hogan Sheffer was a gamechanger for ATWT and daytime. Everyone I know who worked with him adored him. RIP”

And, iconic ATWT star, Martha Byrne (Ex-Lily) tweeted on Sheffer’s passing: “To say he was one of a kind would be a tremendous understatement. Our years at ATWT with Hogan at the helm were a rebirth for our beautiful show. Loved his writers, actors,crew. Blessed to have him on the first floor in Brooklyn ready to listen. Talented. Funny. Generous. RIP”

Colleen Zenk (Ex-Barbara, ATWT) also took to Twitter upon learning of the passing of Sheffer sharing: “I loved him, loved him, loved him… he was so good to me. Thank you for everything, Hogan. You were so loved. Especially, by me… Rest in peace…”

Michael Fairman TV will continue to bring you updates as the soap world mourns the loss of a creative force in our genre.  Share your condolences and thoughts on the death of Hogan Sheffer via the comment section below.

 

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Check out the promo for tomorrow night’s episode below.   Then let us know if you will be checking out Larry and Dorothy and if all of this brings back memories of their amazing performances in Oakdale and in Pine Valley in the comment section below.

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