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Roger Rees

Director, Performer
( b. May 05, 1944 Aberystwyth, WALES - d. Jul 10, 2015 New York, New York, USA ) Male

Roger Rees, was a handsome Welsh-born actor and director who rose to fame as the title character in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, for which he won a Tony Award.

In the final role of a career that spanned six decades across stage, film and television, Mr. Rees played the doomed lover of Chita Rivera's character in the musical The Visit on Broadway until May.

Mr. Rees often played eccentric characters. He was best known to American television audiences as the self-assured millionaire Robin Colcord on the sitcom "Cheers," and as the British ambassador Lord John Marbury on "The West Wing."

He was a mainstay on Broadway, where he earned two other Tony nominations, one for best actor in Indiscretions, in 1995, and another, in 2012, for his work as a director of Peter and the Starcatcher. He also had a memorable turn as Gomez in The Addams Family.

Mr. Rees's own life bore much in common with that of the Nickleby character. He was forced to drop out of school to earn a living after his father died.

Rees grew up in South London. His father, William, was a police officer; his mother, Doris, was a shop clerk.
After his father died, Mr. Rees found work painting scenery at the Wimbledon Theater in south London. He became an actor there in 1965, appearing in Hindle Wakes as a mill owner's son who impregnates a mill girl resistant to efforts to make an honest woman out of her.

Mr. Rees moved to the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1967, appearing in The Comedy of Errors, Three Sisters, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, Twelfth Nightand Cymbeline.

He spent over two decades with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and was the artistic director of the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts from 2004 to 2007. He was also an associate artistic director of the Bristol Old Vic in England for two years starting in 1985.

In an interview with "The Graham Show" on YouTube in 2013, Mr. Rees likened acting to being a blacksmith.
"It's hot and cold, it's fierce and pleasant, "he said. "Sometimes the most excruciating experiences in rehearsals and performances yield the most beautiful work."

Source: The New York Times obituary.

ProductionsDate of Productions
The Visit
[Musical, Drama, Original]
  • Also Starring: Roger Rees [Anton Schell]
Apr 23, 2015 - Jun 14, 2015
The Winslow Boy
[Play, Revival]
  • Starring: Roger Rees [Arthur Winslow]
Oct 17, 2013 - Dec 01, 2013
Peter and the Starcatcher
[Play, Play with music, Original]
  • Directed by Roger Rees
Apr 15, 2012 - Jan 20, 2013
The Addams Family
[Musical, Original]
  • Performer: Roger Rees
      Gomez Addams - Replacement (Mar 22, 2011 - Dec 31, 2011)
Apr 08, 2010 - Dec 31, 2011
Uncle Vanya
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Starring: Roger Rees [Mikhail lvovich Astrov]
Apr 30, 2000 - Jun 11, 2000
The Rehearsal
[Play, Revival]
  • Starring: Roger Rees [Hero]
Nov 21, 1996 - Jan 10, 1997
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Starring: Roger Rees [George]
Apr 27, 1995 - Nov 04, 1995
The Red Shoes
[Musical, Original]
  • Starring: Roger Rees [Boris Lermontov]
Dec 16, 1993 - Dec 19, 1993
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Roger Rees [Nicholas Nickleby]
Oct 04, 1981 - Jan 03, 1982
London Assurance
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Performer: Roger Rees [Charles Courtly]
Dec 05, 1974 - Jan 12, 1975
Touring ProductionsDates of Touring Productions
Peter and the Starcatcher
[Play, Play with music, Original]
  • Directed by Roger Rees
Aug 13, 2013 - May 25, 2014
2012 Tony Award® Best Direction of a Play
Peter and the Starcatcher [nominee]
Directed by Roger Rees
1995 Tony Award® Best Actor in Play
Indiscretions [nominee]
Starring: Roger Rees
1995 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Play
Indiscretions [nominee]
Starring: Roger Rees
1982 Tony Award® Best Actor in Play
winner The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby [winner]
Performer: Roger Rees
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