Roger Rees (5 May 1944 – 10 July 2015) was a Welsh actor and director, widely known for his stage work. He won an Olivier Award and a Tony Award for his performance as the lead in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. He also received Obie Awards for his role in The End of the Day and as co-director of Peter and the Starcatcher.
He was born on May 5 1944 in Aberystwyth, Wales, and acted in church and Boy Scouts stage productions while growing up in South London, but studied painting and lithography at the Slade School of Art.... See full bio »
However, Roger Rees remained primarily a man of the theatre with secondary careers as a playwright and stage director. Married to theatre collaborator Rick Elice since 2011, Roger was subsequently diagnosed with cancer. Performing on Broadway in the musical "The Visit" starring Chita Rivera, he was forced to quit the show in late May of 2015.
With his dark eyes and small frame, the classically trained British actor Roger Rees was perfectly cast as Nicholas Nickleby in the theatrical production of Dickens' novel. He performed this lead...
Like a number of British actors of the same generation (John Hurt and Alan Rickman, to name two), Roger Rees originally trained for the visual arts. He was born on May 5 1944 in Aberystwyth, Wales, and acted in church and Boy Scouts stage productions while growing up in South London, but studied painting and lithography at the Slade School of Art.
- Actor, Director
- May 5, 1944
Roger Rees, Welsh-born actor and director (born May 5, 1944, Aberystwyth, Wales—died July 10, 2015, New York, N.Y.), won legions of fans—as well as an Olivier Award (1980), a Tony Award (1982), and an Emmy nomination (1983)—for his portrayal of the eponymous lead in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, David Edgar’s eight-and-a-half-hour, two-part adaptation of Charles Dickens ’s 1839 novel Nicholas Nickleby.
ROGER REES was born on May 5, 1944 in Aberystwyth, Wales and grew up in south London. His father was a cop and they lived in a rough neighborhood. During these years, Roger, often called Rog for short, discovered his desire to be an artist. He often found safety from the tough neighborhood kids by escaping to the art room.
Jul 10, 2015 · Roger Rees full list of movies and tv shows in theaters, in production and upcoming films.
Jul 11, 2015 · Roger Rees, a Welsh-born actor known for roles on Broadway and television staples such as Cheers and the West Wing, died Friday night. Rees died at his home in New York City after a brief illness,...
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Roger Rees (AP Photo / Jim Cooper) Roger Rees, the Tony Award-winning Welsh actor and director, has died, according to The Associated Press. He was 71. Rees, who died of a sudden illness at his...