Roger Rees has sadly died. The Welsh actor was known for two main roles, Robin Colcord in Cheers and Lord John Marbury in The West Wing, died in New York on Friday, he was seventy-one years old.
The New York Times’ Scott Heller tweeted the news late Friday.
A statement from Rees’ publicist, quoted by Heller, read: “Roger Rees, Tony Award-winning actor, passed away tonight at home, after a brief illness.”
Rees was also seen as Thomas Paine in TV miniseries “Liberty! The American Revolution,” and roles in two sci-fi series: “M.A.N.T.I.S.,” and “Warehouse 13.” and “Robin Hood: Men in Tights,” in which he played the Sheriff of Rottingham, “The Pink Panther” and “Frida.”
He was a Aberystwyth, Wales native and he leaves behind his husband, the playwright Rick Elice to mourn his death.
Rees’s parents were a shop clerk and a police officer.