“The West Wing” actor and a mainstay on Broadway “The Addams Family” director Roger Rees passed away at age 71 on Friday night at his residence in New York, said Rick Mirmontez, his representative.
Rees’ publicist said in a statement quoted by Scott Heller from New York Times the actor died “after a brief illness.”
Rees was best known for playing the characters of Lord John Marbury on the TV drama “The West Wing” and Robin Colcord on TV sitcom “Cheers.” His other major TV appearances included the “Singles,” a sitcom and “Warehouse 13.”
From March to December 2010, Rees played the role of Gomez in the Addams Family on Broadway. But his role in Dickens’ “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby” on Broadway and in London from 1980 to 1982 were his best performances.
Rees reprised his role in a TV adaptation in 1982, winning Tony Award and Olivier Award for Best Actor. His role in “Indiscretions” in 1995 gave him a nomination for Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. He also had a role in Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing” in 1984 in London.
Rees’ career in film started in ‘80s with a role of a sheriff in Mel Brook’s film, “Robin Hood: Men in Tights,” and later, for roles in “Frida” and the “Prestige.”
Born in 1944 in Aberystwyth, Wales, Rees is survived by husband Rick Elice, a playwright.