West Wing, Cheers actor Rees dies at 71
ROGER Rees, the Tony awardwinning actor who appeared in The West Wing and Cheers, has died at 71.
Rees died at his home in New York City on Friday after a brief illness, his agent Rick Miramontez said.
Born in Wales in 1944, Rees’s performing career began on the stage, where he went on to win a 1982 best actor Tony for his role in the theatrical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. Known to many for The West Wing, where he played the high- strung British ambassador, Rees also played a snooty businessman on hit 1980s comedy series Cheers.
He also garnered widespread recognition for his role as the Sheriff of Rottingham in the 1993 Mel Brooks comedy, Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
More recent credits include roles in US television shows Elementary and The Good Wife.
“RIP # RogerRees — a lovely, generous & kind man & an heroic & passionate actor,” choreographer Matthew Bourne wrote on Twitter.
Actor and director Samuel West said he “woke to the sad news of Roger Rees’s death” before posting pictures of the actor in high- profile stage roles.
Rees lived in New York lived with his husband, playwright Rick Elice.