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 expired.
Rees died Friday night at his home in The Big Apple after a short illness, said his representative, Rick Miramontez.
Rees had suddenly left “The Visit” on Broadway in late May to experience a medical procedure.
Rees played the snobbish Robin Colcord on TV’s “Cheers” – he was known for his condescending remarks and rivalry with Sam Malone and for dating Rebecca Howe – and the British ambassador, Lord John Marbury, in “The West Wing.” Other recent TV credits include “Primary” and “The Good Wife.”.
In picture, 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.
He’s survived by his husband Rick Elice, the playwright, whose credits range from the “Peter Pan” prequel “Peter and the Starcatcher,” which Rees co-directed.