Tony-winning and ‘Cheers’ actor Roger Rees dies

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NEW YORK, NY – JULY 25: Director Roger Rees attends “Peter And The Star Catcher” Touring Cast Photo Call at The New 42nd Street Studios on July 25, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

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Roger Rees — a Tony-winning theater star also widely known for his TV roles, including in “The West Wing” and as Robin Colcord on “Cheers” — has died, his representative Rick Miramontez said Saturday.

He was 71.

The Wales native spent most of his career on stage, including his Tony Award-winning best actor role in 1982 for “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.” He also earned Tony nominations for acting parts in “Shadowlands,” “Six Degrees of Separation,” “Indiscretions” and — most recently, in 2012 — as a director of “Peter and the Starcatcher.”

Still, you didn’t have to go to Broadway to appreciate Rees’ skills — both as a dramatic and a comedic actor.

After scoring several TV roles in the late 1970s, and later a 1982 TV mini-series as Nicholas Nickleby, Rees broke through in 1989 as Robin Colcord, the love interest of the character played by Kirstie Alley in “Cheers.”

Rees later had a standout role as British Ambassador Lord John Marbury on the critically acclaimed “The West Wing” and, in 2007, with a recurring role on “Grey’s Anatomy.”

He made a splash in movies as well, including playing the Sheriff of Rottingham in the 1993 comedy “Robin Hood: Men in Tights.”

According to the Internet Movie Database, Rees remained busy into 2015, including parts of the ABC series “Forever” and the movie “Survivor.”

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