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Roger Rees
Roger Rees
(5 May 1944 – 10 July 2015) was a Welsh actor and director, widely known for his stage work. He won an Olivier Award and a Tony Award
Tony Award
for his performance as the lead in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. He also received Obie Awards
Obie Awards
for his role in The End of the Day and as co-director of Peter and the Starcatcher. Rees was posthumously inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame, 16 November 2015. He was widely known to American television audiences for playing the characters Robin Colcord in Cheers
Cheers
and Lord John Marbury in The West Wing.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Death 5 Work

5.1 Film 5.2 Television 5.3 Theatre

6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Rees was born in Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire, Wales, the son of Doris Louise (née Smith), a shop clerk, and William John Rees, a police officer.[1] He studied art at the Camberwell College of Arts
Camberwell College of Arts
and the Slade School of Fine Art, turning to acting when he was painting backdrops at the Wimbledon Theatre
Wimbledon Theatre
and was asked to fill a part in a play.[2] Career[edit] Rees started his career with the Royal Shakespeare Company.[3][4] He played Malcolm in the acclaimed Trevor Nunn 1976 stage and 1978 television production of Macbeth.[4] Rees created the title role in the original production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, David Edgar's stage adaptation of the Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens
novel, winning a Laurence Olivier Award for Actor of the Year in a New Play in 1980 and a Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actor in a Play in 1982.[4] A recorded version of the play also earned him an Emmy nomination in 1983.[5] He also starred in the original production of The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard
at the Strand Theatre in London in 1982. Rees began to work in television during the 1970s, appearing opposite Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
in The Ebony Tower
The Ebony Tower
(1984). That same year, Rees portrayed Fred Hollywell in A Christmas Carol starring George C. Scott as Scrooge. From 1988 to 1991 he starred in the late 80s/early 90s British sitcom Singles, with co-star Judy Loe. From 1989 to 1991 and in 1993, he also appeared intermittently on the long-running American TV series Cheers
Cheers
as the English tycoon Robin Colcord. His later television appearances include My So-Called Life
My So-Called Life
as substitute teacher Mr Racine, British Ambassador Lord John Marbury on The West Wing
The West Wing
and James MacPherson on Warehouse 13.[4] His film career began in the 1980s. Rees played the Sheriff of Rottingham in the Mel Brooks' movie, Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993).[4] Rees' later film appearances include Frida
Frida
(2002), The Prestige (2006) and The Pink Panther (2006).[4] Continuing his work in the theatre through the 1990s, both as an actor and a director, Rees was awarded an Obie Award
Obie Award
for his 1992 performance in the Off-Broadway play The End of the Day. In 1995 he was nominated for a Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actor in a Play for his role in Indiscretions.[4][6] He recorded many audiobooks, including Memnoch the Devil by Anne Rice.[7] From November 2004 to October 2007, Rees was artistic director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, only the fourth person to hold the post in its half century history.[4][8] He replaced Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
in the role of Gomez Addams
Gomez Addams
in the Broadway musical adaptation of The Addams Family, on 22 March 2011 and remained until the end of the run on 31 December 2011.[9][10] In 2012, Rees took his one-man Shakespeare show, What You Will, to London's West End, playing a three-week engagement at the Apollo Theatre. In 2013, Rees directed Crispin Whitell's play, The Primrose Path, at the Guthrie Theater
Guthrie Theater
in Minneapolis. In 2014, Rees directed Dog and Pony, a musical written by Rick Elice and Michael Patrick Walker, which had its world premiere at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. His last role was as Anton Schell in the musical version of The Visit, opposite Chita Rivera, which opened on Broadway on 23 April 2015 and closed on 14 June 2015.[11] Rees left the production in May 2015 due to his illness.[12] Rees was to have directed a new musical written by Elice and Will Van Dyke, Magnificent Climb, in the fall of 2016 at MCC Theater
MCC Theater
in New York. He was also scheduled to perform his one-man Shakespeare show, What You Will in New York in the autumn of 2015, and had hoped to return to the Royal Shakespeare Company
Royal Shakespeare Company
for a stint in Don Quixote in 2016. He was inducted into the exclusive entertainment fraternity, the Grand Order of Water Rats
Grand Order of Water Rats
as a full member.[13] Personal life[edit] Rees had lived in the United States for more than 25 years;[2] he became a naturalised U.S. citizen in 2009.[5] He converted to Judaism in the 1980s.[14] Rees married his partner of 33 years, playwright Rick Elice, in 2011.[15][16][17] Rees and Elice also collaborated professionally, including as co-playwrights of the comedic thriller Double Double.[18] Elice co-wrote (with Marshall Brickman) the libretto for The Addams Family musical, the cast of which Rees had joined on 22 March 2011. In 2012, Elice and Rees received Tony Award nominations for Elice's stage adaptation and Rees' co-direction (with Alex Timbers), respectively, of Peter and the Starcatcher.[4] In October 2017, his husband Rick Elice wrote a memoir of his life with Rees, entitled Finding Roger: An Improbably Theatrical Love Story, published by Kingswell, a division of Hachette. <Michael Riedel, New York Post, September 29, 2017> Death[edit] After a diagnosis of brain cancer in October 2014, Rees focused his energy on his commitment to playing opposite Chita Rivera
Chita Rivera
on Broadway in The Visit, the final musical written by John Kander and Fred Ebb. While undergoing two brain surgeries, two courses of radiation and ongoing chemotherapy, Rees managed to rehearse, preview and open in The Visit on 23 April 2015. By the middle of May, it had become too difficult for him to speak, and he left the show. Rees died of brain cancer at age 71 at his home in New York on 10 July 2015. On Wednesday, 15 July 2015, the marquee lights at all the theatres on Broadway were dimmed in his honour.[19] His ashes were sprinkled into the Atlantic Ocean. Two months later, there was a memorial service for him at Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre.[20] Work[edit] Film[edit]

Star 80
Star 80
(as Aram Nicholas), 1983 A Christmas Carol (as Fred Hollywell), 1984 God's Outlaw: The Story of William Tyndale (as William Tyndale), 1987 If Looks Could Kill – Teen Agent (as Augustus Steranko), 1991 Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
as J. Parnell, 1992 Robin Hood: Men in Tights (as Sheriff of Rottingham), 1993 Sudden Manhattan, 1996 Trouble on the Corner
Trouble on the Corner
(as McMurtry), 1997 A Midsummer Night's Dream (as Peter Quince), 1999 The Bumblebee Flies Anyway
The Bumblebee Flies Anyway
(as Dr Croft), 1999 The Crossing (as Hugh Mercer), 2000 BlackMale (as Bill Fontaine), 2000 Frida
Frida
(as Guillermo Kahlo), 2002 The Scorpion King
The Scorpion King
(as King Pheron), 2002 Return to Never Land
Return to Never Land
as Edward, 2002 Going Under (as Peter), 2004 Crazy Like a Fox (as Nat Banks), 2004 Game 6 (as Jack Haskins), 2005 The New World (as Virginia Company Representative, uncredited), 2005 The Pink Panther (as Larocque), 2006 Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (as solicitor Mr. Hobbs), 2006 The Prestige (as Owens), 2006 The Invasion (as Yorish), 2007 Falling for Grace (as Andrew Barrington, Sr.), 2007 Happy Tears (as antiques dealer), 2010 Almost Perfect (as Kai Lee), 2011 Affluenza as Mr. Carson, 2014 Survivor as Dr. Emil Balan, 2015

Television[edit]

Tales of the Unexpected (in episode 96 as James Howgill), 1984 A Christmas Carol (as Fred Holywell/Narrator), 1984 Singles (as Malcolm), 1988–1991 Cheers
Cheers
(as Robin Colcord), 1989–1993 The Young Riders (in episode "Lady for a Night" as Tyler Dewitt), 1990 M.A.N.T.I.S.
M.A.N.T.I.S.
(as Dr. John Stonebrake), 1994–1995 My So-Called Life
My So-Called Life
(in episode "The Substitute" as Vic Racine), 1994 Titanic (as J. Bruce Ismay), 1996 Boston Common (as Harrison Cross), 1997 Liberty! The American Revolution 1997 Extreme Ghostbusters
Extreme Ghostbusters
(as The Piper), 1997 Double Platinum (as Marc Reckler) 1999 Oz (in episode "Medium Rare" as Jack Eldridge), 2001 Law & Order (in episode "Kid Pro Quo" as Wyatt Scofield), 2003 The West Wing
The West Wing
(as Lord John Marbury), 2000–2005 Grey's Anatomy
Grey's Anatomy
(in episodes "Scars and Souvenirs", "My Favourite Mistakes" and "Time After Time" as Dr. Colin Marlow), 2007 (season three) Law & Order: Criminal Intent (in episode "Alpha Dog" as Duke DeGuerin), 2009 Warehouse 13
Warehouse 13
(in episodes "Implosion", "Breakdown", "Nevermore" and "MacPherson" as James MacPherson), 2009 The Good Wife (in episode "Nine Hours" as Dr. Todd Grossman), 2010 Elementary (in episodes "Flight Risk" and "No Lack of Void" as Alistair Moore), 2012 & 2014 The Middle (in episode "The Smile"), 2013 Forever (in episode "Diamonds are Forever" as Priest), 2014 American Experience
American Experience
(in episode "The Pilgrims" as Governor Bradford, 2015 The Mayflower Pilgrims: Behind the Myth. BBC2, 2016, as Governor Bradford[21]

Theatre[edit]

The Comedy of Errors (as Antipholus of Syracuse), Stratford-on-Avon and London, 1976 Three Sisters (as Tusenbach) Stratford-upon-Avon London and tour, 1979[22] "The Suicide" by Nikolai Erdman (as Semyon Semyonovich). Royal Shakespeare Company. 1979. Cymbeline
Cymbeline
(as Posthumus), Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-on-Avon 1979[23] Cymbeline
Cymbeline
(as Posthumus), Royal National Theatre, 1980 The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (as Nicholas Nickleby), Royal Shakespeare Company

Aldwych Theatre, London, June 1980 – June 1981[24] Plymouth Theatre, Broadway, September 1981 – March 1982

The Real Thing (as Henry), London, 1982 Hapgood by Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard
as Kerner, London March 1988[25] Hamlet
Hamlet
as Hamlet, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford upon Avon, 1984 The End of the Day (as Graydon Massey), Playwrights Horizons, off-Broadway, 1992 Indiscretions (as George), Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Broadway, 1995 A Man of No Importance (as Alfie Byrne), Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, off-Broadway, 2002 Waiting for Godot
Waiting for Godot
(as Vladimir, replacing Patrick Stewart), Haymarket Theatre, London, 2010 Waiting for Godot
Waiting for Godot
(as Vladimir), His Majesty's Theatre, Perth, 2010 Waiting for Godot
Waiting for Godot
(as Vladimir), Her Majesty's Theatre, Adelaide, 2010 Waiting for Godot
Waiting for Godot
(as Vladimir), Comedy Theatre, Melbourne, 2010[26] The Addams Family (as Gomez [Replaced Nathan Lane]), Broadway, 2011 Peter and the Starcatcher
Peter and the Starcatcher
(co-director with Alex Timbers), Broadway, 2012 (and then it moved to an Off-Broadway theatre in 2013) What You Will (Actor, Writer, Director) Apollo Theater, London 2012 Herringbone (Director) 2012[27] The Primrose Path (Director), Guthrie Theater, 2013 The Winslow Boy
The Winslow Boy
(as Arthur Winslow), American Airlines Theatre, Broadway, 2013[28] Dog and Pony (Director) Old Globe Theater
Old Globe Theater
2014 The Visit (musical version; as Anton Schell), Broadway, 2015

References[edit]

^ " Roger Rees
Roger Rees
Biography (1944–)". filmreference.com.  ^ a b Khomami, Nadia (11 July 2015). "Actor Roger Rees
Roger Rees
dies aged 71". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 July 2015.  ^ Roger Rees
Roger Rees
profile, Yahoo! Movies; accessed 11 July 2015. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Roger Rees, Tony Winner and Robin Colcord on 'Cheers,' Dies". Wall Street Journal. New York. 11 July 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2015. Roger Rees, the lanky Tony Award-winning Welsh-born actor and director who made his mark onstage as Nicholas Nickleby and later played English multi-millionaire Robin Colcord on the TV show “Cheers,” has died. He was 71.  ^ a b Simonson, Robert (11 July 2015). "Roger Rees, Stage Actor Made Famous by Nicholas Nickleby, Dies at 71". Playbill. Retrieved 12 July 2015.  ^ " Indiscretions Listing on Broadway" playbillvault.com, accessed 24 May 2015 ^ " Roger Rees
Roger Rees
– Narrators – Audio File
File
Magazine". audiofilemagazine.com.  ^ "Rees Leaving Williamstown Theatre Festival" iberkshires.com ^ BWW News Desk. " Roger Rees
Roger Rees
to Replace Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
in THE ADDAMS FAMILY". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 12 July 2015.  ^ " Roger Rees
Roger Rees
Extends THE ADDAMS FAMILY Run Through Closing on December 31". Broadwayworld.com. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2012.  ^ Hetrick, Adam. "A Musical Nearly 20 Years in the Making: 'The Visit', Starring Chita Rivera, Arrives On Broadway at Long Last", playbill.com, 26 March 2015 ^ Roger Rees
Roger Rees
to miss performances of The Visit, theatermania.com; accessed 12 July 2015. ^ "Biography of a Water Rat". GOWR.co.uk.  ^ "How 'Peter and the Starcatcher' took flight – The Ticket". Jewish Journal.  ^ " Roger Rees
Roger Rees
ramps up What You Will". theaterdogs.net.  ^ " Roger Rees
Roger Rees
Tests His 'Will' Shakespearean Roles Don't Define the Actor, but He's Clearly Bard-Wired" by Peter Marks The Washington Post Sunday, 25 March 2007 ^ Michael Schulman (4 June 2012). "Backstory". The New Yorker.  ^ "Review: 'Double Double'". Variety. 22 August 2006. Retrieved 11 July 2015.  ^ Barnes, Mike (10 July 2015). "Roger Rees, Star of 'The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby,' Dies at 71". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 July 2015.  ^ Desk, BWW News. " Roger Rees
Roger Rees
Memorial Set for September 21 at The New Amsterdam Theatre".  ^ Rees, Jasper (27 November 2016). "The Mayflower Pilgrims: Behind the Myth was a rigorous historical account told with clarity: review". The Telegraph. Retrieved 29 November 2016.  ^ Trowbridge, Simon (2010). "Roger Rees". A Biographical Dictionary of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Oxford, England: Editions Simon Creed. ISBN 0-9559830-2-9.  ^ "Cymbeline". RSC Performance Database. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2011.  ^ "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby". RSC Database. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2011.  ^ Edwards, Christopher (19 March 1988). "Trick of the light". The Spectator: 43–44.  ^ Barclay, Alison (7 May 2010). "Sir Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
is mistaken for a tramp on a Melbourne bench between Waiting for Godot
Waiting for Godot
rehearsals". Herald Sun. Retrieved 17 May 2010.  ^ Andrew Gans (21 May 2012). "Herringbone, With Tony Winner BD Wong, Plays NYC May 21–22; Performances Will Be Recorded". PlayBill.  ^ "The Winslow Boy". Roundabout Theatre. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 

External links[edit]

Roger Rees
Roger Rees
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Roger Rees
Roger Rees
on IMDb Roger Rees
Roger Rees
at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Article on appointment to Williamstown Theater Festival

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Laurence Olivier Award for Actor of the Year in a New Play

Paul Copley (1976) Michael Bryant (1977) Tom Conti
Tom Conti
(1978) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1979) Roger Rees
Roger Rees
(1980) Trevor Eve
Trevor Eve
(1981) Ian McDiarmid
Ian McDiarmid
(1982) Jack Shepherd (1983) Brian Cox (1984) David Haig (1988)

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Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play

José Ferrer
José Ferrer
/ Fredric March
Fredric March
(1947) Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
/ Paul Kelly / Basil Rathbone
Basil Rathbone
(1948) Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
(1949) Sidney Blackmer
Sidney Blackmer
(1950) Claude Rains
Claude Rains
(1951) José Ferrer
José Ferrer
(1952) Tom Ewell
Tom Ewell
(1953) David Wayne
David Wayne
(1954) Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt
(1955) Paul Muni
Paul Muni
(1956) Fredric March
Fredric March
(1957) Ralph Bellamy
Ralph Bellamy
(1958) Jason Robards, Jr. (1959) Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
(1960) Zero Mostel
Zero Mostel
(1961) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1962) Arthur Hill (1963) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1964) Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
(1965) Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
(1966) Paul Rogers (1967) Martin Balsam
Martin Balsam
(1968) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1969) Fritz Weaver
Fritz Weaver
(1970) Brian Bedford
Brian Bedford
(1971) Cliff Gorman (1972) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(1973) Michael Moriarty (1974) John Kani
John Kani
and Winston Ntshona (1975) John Wood (1976) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1977) Barnard Hughes
Barnard Hughes
(1978) Tom Conti
Tom Conti
(1979) John Rubinstein
John Rubinstein
(1980) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1981) Roger Rees
Roger Rees
(1982) Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
(1983) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1984) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(1985) Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch
(1986) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1987) Ron Silver
Ron Silver
(1988) Philip Bosco (1989) Robert Morse
Robert Morse
(1990) Nigel Hawthorne (1991) Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch
(1992) Ron Leibman (1993) Stephen Spinella (1994) Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
(1995) George Grizzard
George Grizzard
(1996) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1997) Anthony LaPaglia
Anthony LaPaglia
(1998) Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy
(1999) Stephen Dillane
Stephen Dillane
(2000) Richard Easton (2001) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(2002) Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy
(2003) Jefferson Mays
Jefferson Mays
(2004) Bill Irwin
Bill Irwin
(2005) Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths
(2006) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2007) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2008) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2009) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2010) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2011) James Corden
James Corden
(2012) Tracy Letts
Tracy Letts
(2013) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
(2014) Alex Sharp
Alex Sharp
(2015) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2016) Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
(2017)

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