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Acclaimed Theater Actor And Former Cheers Star Roger Rees Dead At 71 Years Old

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Famous Longtime actor Roger Rees died Friday night at his home in New York. He was 71 years old.

The Welsh-born Rees, who won Tony Awards for his on-stage work, was best known to American audiences for playing English millionaire Robin Colcord on the long-running TV show Cheers.

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Rees' co-stars made public statements about his death, including Chita Rivera, his co-star on The Visit, a Broadway play:

"The world has lost a great actor, gentleman and soul. I have lost a beautiful new friend, one I was looking forward to spending exciting valuable time with."

Rees had abruptly left the play in May when he underwent a medical procedure.

Rees' other television credits include playing British ambassador Lord John Marbury on The West Wing, and roles on Elementary and The Good Wife.

But the actor made his reputation on stage, appearing in productions in England and on Broadway for decades.

He won an Olivier Award and then a Tony for his role in The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby, and earned two more Tony nominations for his work on 1995's Indiscretions and 2012's Peter and the Starcatcher, a Peter Pan prequel, which he directed.

Rees carved out a career on film, too, playing in Robin Hood: Men In Tights, as well as 2002's The Scorpion King, and 2006's The Pink Panther.

Rees is survived by his husband, playwright Rick Elice. Our thoughts and prayers are with him, and Rees' family and friends.

[Image via Joseph Marzullo/WENN.]

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