Tony Award winner and ‘Cheers’ actor Roger Rees dies aged 71

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

Roger Rees, the lanky Tony Award-winning actor and director who made his mark onstage as Nicholas Nickleby in a legendarily demanding production and became a mainstay on Broadway playing Gomez in “The Addams Family” and Chita Rivera’s doomed lover in “The Visit,” died July 10 in New York.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. Wales-born Rees was an accomplished stage star who won Tony and Olivier Awards in 1982 for his role as the title character in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby.

Rees, who was born in Wales, played the snobbish Robin Colcord on TV’s “Cheers” in the early 1990s and the British ambassador, Lord John Marbury, in “The West Wing” in the early 2000s. Off-stage, Rees was a dedicated patron of the arts, a familiar presence in the audience, according to Deadline; and for four years ran the Williamstown Theatre Festival, until 2007. Rees for bringing “so much flaring sensitivity and intelligence that he takes the goo out of the young man’s righteousness.” He earned two further Tony nominations in 1995 for “Indiscretions” and in 2012 for co-directing “Peter and the Starcatcher,” a Peter Pan prequel. 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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