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Welsh actor Roger Rees dies aged 71

  • 11 July 2015
  • From the section Wales
Roger Rees
Roger Rees (left) played Sherlock Holmes in a 1988 BBC adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles

Welsh actor Roger Rees, star of Cheers and The West Wing, has died, aged 71.

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Mr Rees, who was born in Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, won Tony and Olivier awards in 1982 for his title role in the The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby.

He played millionaire Robin Colcord in 1980s comedy Cheers and Lord John Marbury in US political drama The West Wing from 2000 to 2005.

Mr Rees had lived in America for 25 years and died after a short illness.

His other credits include an appearance as the Sheriff of Rottingham in Mel Brooks’ slapstick comedy Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Sherlock Holmes in a 1988 adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Actor and director Samuel West tweeted: “Woke to the sad news of Roger Rees’s death”.

Choreographer Matthew Bourne wrote on Twitter: “RIP #RogerRees – a lovely, generous & kind man & an heroic & passionate actor. We all fell in love with him in #NicholasNickleby so sad.”

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Musician Rick Wakeman added: “Very sad to learn of the passing of Roger Rees. I saw him last year at a Water Rats Lodge. A truly lovely man and very talented too.”

Actor and director Samuel West tweeted a tribute

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