Tony Award winning actor Roger Rees passed away this week. While Rees had quite a few iconic roles that fans might remember, his work onstage in Nicholas Nickleby and in television as Robin Colcord on Cheers were probably his most popular roles.
Rees worked in several major plays, taking the role of Gomez in “The Addams Family” and his film credits include the nasty Sheriff of Rottingham in the Mel Brooks comedy “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and roles in “The Scorpion King” back in 2002 and “The Pink Panther” in 2006.
Rees passed Friday night at his home here in New York at the age of 71. It was only recently that Rees took a break from “The Visit” for a medical procedure, but he would not return to the stage again.
From “Cheers” to “Elementary,” from “The Good Wife” to the “The West Wing,” Rees was frequently spotted on television while he wasn’t performing on Broadway. A frequent player in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby,” Rees was a respected thespian from England to Broadway.
Rees had won an Olivier Award and a Tony for his work. Reese was also nominated for an Emmy, and picked up two other Tony nominations in his lifetime. One Tony nomination was back in 1995 for “Indiscretions” and the other in 2012 for co-directing “Peter and the Starcatcher,” working with his husband and playwright Rick Elice on the project.