Roger Rees Dead: Cheers, West Wing Actor Dies at 71

Roger Rees
Roger Rees, who played Robin Colcord in Cheers, has died at 71  Cindy Ord/Getty Images

Roger Rees, who played snooty Brit Robin Colcord on the beloved sitcom Cheers, has died, his publicist confirmed to the New York Times. He was 71. 

Rees passed away on Friday, July 10, "after a brief illness," his publicist said. He was at home in New York at the time.

An acclaimed actor of both stage and screen, Rees starred in the title role of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby in London in the early 1980s, and on TV in 1982. The performance earned him an Emmy nomination — the only one of his career.

From there he went on to star in shows including Singles, Cheers, Boston Common, and — memorably — The West Wing, where he played British Ambassador Lord John Marbury. He also appeared on a few episodes of Grey's Anatomy, and in the Syfy show Warehouse 13

His movie resume includes titles like Robin Hood: Men in Tights, The Prestige, The Pink Panther, and Frida, costarring Salma Hayek

According to the Times, Rees is survived by his husband, Rick Elice.

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