James Rebhorn was a veteran actor of many films, shows and theatre productions. He was noted for his guest starring roles on TV programs, but had also been a series regular on Big Lake and As the World Turns. He graduated from Columbia University.
In the year 1992 James worked opposite two actors who won Oscars in the movie in which he starred: Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman and Marisa Tomei in My Cousin Vinny.
On June 19, 2007 James was one of 115 people to be admitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences which is the group whose members vote on Academy Award nomination ballots.