5 May 1944 |
Roger Rees (born 5 May 1944) is a Welsh actor and director. He is best known to American audiences for playing the characters Robin Colcord on the American television sitcom show Cheers and Lord John Marbury on the American television drama The West Wing. He won a Tony Award for his performance as the lead in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.
Rees started his career with the Royal Shakespeare Company and attended the Slade School of Fine Arts. He played Malcolm in the acclaimed Trevor Nunn 1976 stage and 1978 television production of Macbeth. 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. He also starred in the original production of The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard in London in 1984.
Rees began to work in television during the 1970s, appearing opposite Laurence Olivier in The Ebony Tower (1984). From 1988 to 1991 he starred in the late 80s/early 90s British sitcom Singles, with actress and co-star Judy Loe. From 1989 to 1991 and in 1993, he also appeared intermittently on the long-running American TV series Cheers as the English tycoon Robin Colcord. Later television appearances include My So-Called Life as substitute teacher Mr Racine, British Ambassador Lord John Marbury on The West Wing and James MacPherson on Warehouse 13.
His film career beginning in the 1980s, Rees played the Sheriff of Rottingham in Mel Brooks' 1993 film, Robin Hood: Men in Tights. More recent film appearances include Frida (2002) and The Prestige (2006).
Continuing his work in the theatre through the 1990s, both as an actor and a director, Rees was awarded an Obie Award for his 1992 performance in the off-Broadway play The End of the Day. In 1995 he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his role in Indiscretions. That same year, he also participated as narrator for the audiobook edition of Memnoch the Devil by Anne Rice. As for audiobooks, Roger has performed in a wide variety of programs.
In November 2004, Rees was named artistic director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, only the fourth person to hold the post in its half century history. He left the position in October 2007.
In October 2010, it was announced that on 22 March, he would be portraying the role of Gomez in the Broadway musical adaptation of The Addams Family, following the departure of Nathan Lane. On 19 September, it was announced that Rees will extend his run in the show through closing on 31 December 2011. In 2012, he directed the Broadway play Peter and The Starcatcher, along with Alex Timbers. The play was critically praised, and it earned Rees and Timbers a Tony nomination for Best Direction of a Play.
Rees became a naturalised United States citizen in 1989.
Rees married his husband, writer/producer Rick Elice, in 2011. Rees and Elice have also collaborated professionally, most notably as co-playwrights of the comedic thriller Double Double. Elice is also the co-author (with Marshall Brickman) of the book of the Addams Family musical, the cast of which Rees had joined on 22 March 2011. In 2012, Elice and Rees received Tony Award nominations for Elice's stage adaptation and Rees' co-direction (with Alex Timbers), respectively, of Peter and the Starcatcher.
- Star 80 (as Aram Nicholas), 1983
- A Christmas Carol (as Fred Hollywell), 1984
- God's Outlaw: The Story of William Tyndale (as William Tyndale), 1987
- If Looks Could Kill – Teen Agent (as Augustus Steranko), 1991
- Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot as J. Parnell, 1992
- Robin Hood: Men in Tights (as Sheriff of Rottingham), 1993
- Trouble on the Corner (as McMurtry), 1997
- A Midsummer Night's Dream (as Peter Quince), 1999
- The Bumblebee Flies Anyway (as Dr Croft), 1999
- The Crossing (as Hugh Mercer), 2000
- BlackMale (as Bill Fontaine), 2000
- Frida (as Guillermo Kahlo), 2002
- The Scorpion King (as King Pheron), 2002
- Return to Never Land as Edward, 2002
- Going Under (as Peter), 2004
- Crazy Like a Fox (as Nat Banks), 2004
- Game 6 (as Jack Haskins), 2005
- Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (as solicitor Mr. Hobbs), 2006
- The Pink Panther (as Larocque), 2006
- The Prestige (as Owens), 2006
- The Invasion (as Yorish), 2007
- Falling for Grace (as Andrew Barrington, Sr.), 2007
- Happy Tears (as antiques dealer), 2010
- Tales of the Unexpected (in episode 96 as James Howgill), 1984
- A Christmas Carol (as Fred Holywell/Narrator), 1984
- Singles (as Malcolm), 1988–1991
- Cheers (as Robin Colcord), 1989–1993
- The Young Riders (in episode "Lady for a Night" as Tyler Dewitt), 1990
- M.A.N.T.I.S. (as Dr. John Stonebrake), 1994–1995
- My So-Called Life (in episode "The Substitute" as Vic Racine), 1994
- Titanic (as J. Bruce Ismay), 1996
- Boston Common (as Harrison Cross), 1997
- Liberty! The American Revolution 1997
- Extreme Ghostbusters (as The Piper), 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 (season three)
- Law & Order: Criminal Intent (in episode "Alpha Dog" as Duke DeGuerin), 2009
- Warehouse 13 (in episodes "Implosion", "Breakdown", "Nevermore" and "MacPherson" (as James MacPherson), 2009
- The Good Wife (in episode "Nine Hours" as Dr. Todd Grossman), 2010
- Elementary (in episode 6, "Flight Risk"), 2012
- The Middle (in episode "The Smile"), 2013
- The Comedy of Errors (as Antipholus of Syracuse), Stratford-on-Avon and London, 1976
- Three Sisters (as Tusenbach) Stratford-upon-Avon London and tour, 1979
- Cymbeline (as Posthumus), Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-on-Avon 1979
- Cymbeline (as Posthumus), Royal National Theatre, 1980
- The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (as Nicholas Nickleby), Royal Shakespeare Company
- 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
- Waiting for Godot (as Vladimir, replacing Patrick Stewart), Haymarket Theatre, London, 2010
- Waiting for Godot (as Vladimir), His Majesty's Theatre, Perth, 2010
- Waiting for Godot (as Vladimir), Her Majesty's Theatre, Adelaide, 2010
- Waiting for Godot (as Vladimir), Comedy Theatre, Melbourne, 2010
- The Addams Family (as Gomez [Replaced Nathan Lane]), Broadway, 2011
- Peter and The Starcatcher (director of the play, along with Alex Timbers), Broadway, 2012 (and then it moved to an Off-Broadway theatre in 2013)
- The Primrose Path (Director), Guthrie Theater, 2013
- Roger Rees Film Reference biography
- Roger Rees Biography – Yahoo! Movies
- "Narrator profile" at AudioFile
- "Roger Rees to Replace Nathan Lane in The Addams Family" at Broadway World
- "Roger Rees Extends THE ADDAMS FAMILY Run Through Closing on December 31". Broadwayworld.com. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- Interview with Rees
- "Roger Rees Tests His 'Will' Shakespearean Roles Don't Define the Actor, but He's Clearly Bard-Wired" by Peter Marks The Washington Post Sunday, 25 March 2007
- "Backstory" by Michael Schulman "The New Yorker" 4 June 2012, p. 54
- Trowbridge, Simon (2010). "Roger Rees". A Biographical Dictionary of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Oxford, England: Editions Simon Creed. ISBN 0-9559830-2-9.
- "Cymbeline". RSC Performance Database. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
- "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby". RSC Database. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
- "Sir Ian McKellen is mistaken for a tramp on a Melbourne bench between Waiting for Godot rehearsals". Alison Barclay (herald sun). 7 May 2010. Retrieved 17 May 2010.
- Roger Rees at the Internet Broadway Database
- Roger Rees at the Internet Movie Database
- Article on appointment to Williamstown Theater Festival
- Roger Rees – Downstage Center interview at American Theatre Wing.org