Roger Rees, Tony Award-Winning Cheers, West Wing Actor, Dies at 71

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Roger Rees dead: West Wing and Cheers actor dies aged 71.

Rees had been acting until very recently, and left his most recent production – in the Broadway musical The Visit – in May, to undergo a medical procedure, the Associated Press reports.FILE 2006: Roger Rees, artistic director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Mass., introduced the 2006 season during a news conference in New York. (AP) NEW YORK – Roger Rees, the lanky Tony Award-winning Welsh-born actor and director who made his mark onstage as Nicholas Nickleby and became a mainstay on Broadway playing Gomez in “The Addams Family” and Chita Rivera’s doomed lover in “The Visit,” has died.

He won Tony and Olivier Awards in 1982 for his performance in the lead role of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. His most iconic role, as the original Nicholas Nickleby in the company’s production of the Charles Dickens novel, earned widespread popular and critical acclaim – and earned Rees an Olivier Award and a Tony, as well as an Emmy, when the production was adapted for TV. He is survived by his husband Rick Elice, the playwright, whose credits include the “Peter Pan” prequel “Peter and the Starcatcher,” which Rees co-directed. Rees was also a prolific TV actor, appearing for five years as Robin Colcord, Kirstie Alley’s love interest, on Cheers; and as British Ambassador Lord John Marbury on The West Wing for six years. In films, Rees played the Sheriff of Rottingham in Mel Brooks’ “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” in 1993 and was in “The Scorpion King” in 2002 and “The Pink Panther” in 2006.

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