Roger Rees

Infobox actor


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1982 "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby"

Roger Rees (born May 5, 1944) is a Welsh-American actor.

Biography

Rees was born in Aberystwyth, Wales, the son of Doris Louise (née Smith), a shop clerk, and William John Rees, a police officer. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/71/Roger-Rees.html Roger Rees Biography (1944-) ] ] He started his career with the Royal Shakespeare Company and attended the Slade School of Fine Arts. [ [http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1800154405/bio Roger Rees Biography - Yahoo! Movies ] ] Rees created the title role in the original production of the play "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby", winning both an Olivier Award and a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play in 1982 for it. He also starred in the original production of "The Real Thing" by Tom Stoppard in London in 1984.

Rees became an American citizen in 1989, and in the 1990s, continued his work in the theatre, both as an actor and a director. He did some television work in the 1970s and began his film career in the 1980s. From 1989 to 1993, he appeared intermittently on the long-running American TV series "Cheers" as the dashing, feckless English tycoon "Robin Colcord." He then played an antagonist to a different Robin as the Sheriff of Rottingham, in Mel Brooks' 1993 film, "". Later television appearances include "My So-Called Life" as substitute teacher "Mr. Racine" and British Ambassador Lord John Marbury on "The West Wing". He was awarded an OBIE for his 1992 performance in the off-Broadway play "The End of the Day", and in 1995, he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his role in "Indiscretions".

In November 2004, Rees was named artistic director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Massachusetts, only the fourth person to hold the post in its half century. He left the position October 2007. [ [http://www.iberkshires.com/story/24922/Rees-Leaving-Williamstown-Theatre-Festival.html iBerkshires.com article] ]

Work

Film

* "Star 80" (as Aram Nicholas), 1983
* "" (as William Tyndale), 1986
* "If Looks Could Kill - Teen Agent" (as Augustus Steranko), 1991
* "" (as Sheriff of Rottingham), 1993
* "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (as Peter Quince), 1999
* "The Crossing" (as Hugh Mercer), 2000
* "BlackMale" (as Bill Fontaine), 2000
* "Frida" (as Guillermo Kahlo), 2002
* "Going Under" (as Peter), 2004
* "Crazy Like a Fox" (as Nat Banks), 2004
* "" (as solicitor Mr. Hobbs), 2006
* "The Pink Panther" (as Larocque), 2006
* "The Prestige" (as Owens), 2006
* "The Invasion" (as Yorish), 2007
* "Falling for Grace (film)" (as Andrew Barrington, Sr.), 2007

Television

* "A Christmas Carol" (as Fred Holywell/Narrator), 1984
* "Cheers" (as Robin Colcord), 1989-1993
* "M.A.N.T.I.S." (as Dr. John Stonebrake), 1994-1995
* "My So-Called Life" (in episode "The Substitute" as Vic Racine), 1994
* "Boston Common" (as Harrison Cross), 1997
* "Oz" (in episode "Medium Rare" as Jack Aldridge), 2001
* "Law & Order" (in episode "Kid Pro Quo" as Wyatt Scofield), 2003
* "The West Wing" (as Lord John Marbury), 2000-2005
* "Grey's Anatomy" (in episodes "Scars and Souvenirs", "My Favourite Mistakes" and "Time After Time" as Dr. Colin Marlow), 2007

Theater

* "Cymbeline" (as Posthumus), Royal National Theatre, 1980
* "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby" (as Nicholas Nickleby), Plymouth Theatre, Broadway, 1981-1982
* "The Real Thing" (as Henry), London, 1982
* "The End of the Day" (as Graydon Massey), Playwrights Horizons, off-Broadway, 1992
* "Indiscretions" (as George), Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Broadway, 1995
* "A Man of No Importance" (as Alfie Byrne), Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, off-Broadway, 2002

References

External links

*ibdb|57377
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* [http://www.playbill.com/news/article/89407.html Article on appointment to Williamstown Theater Festival]
* [http://www.americantheatrewing.org/downstagecenter/detail/roger_rees Roger Rees] - "Downstage Center" interview at American Theatre Wing.org


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