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Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One

As we previously reported, Roger Rees, the legendary, Tony Award-winning actor, and Tony Award nominated director, passed away last night at his home in New York City, after a brief journey with cancer. His husband,Rick Elice, and family and friends were at his side.

Click here to take a look back at his career in photos, click here to read touching tributes from his friends and colleagues such as Chita Rivera, Trevor Nunn, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and many more. Click here for a video special, featuring clips from throughout his career.

Roger Rees began 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, to great acclaim. Most famously, Rees created the title role in the original production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, David Edgar's stage adaptation of the Dickens novel, 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 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 began in 1983 when Bob Fosse cast him to star in Star 80 opposite Mariel Hemingway. Rees played the Sheriff of Rottingham in Mel Brooks' film, Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993). Later 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, Rees 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 succeeded Nathan Lane in the role of Gomez in the Broadway musical adaptation of The Addams Family, on March 22, 2010 and was in the rest of the run. His last West End appearance was in the acclaimed production of Waiting for Godot opposite Ian McKellen. They also toured the production globally, most memorably, to South Africa.

Rees achieved acclaim as a noted stage director including Peter and the Starcatcher (along with Alex Timbers) which he developed, first at Williamstown Theatre Festival, then La Jolla Playhouse, and in New York at New York Theatre Workshop and on Broadway for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Director (the play won five Tony Awards).

Rees' last Broadway appearance was the starring role of Anton Schell in The Visit, opposite Chita Rivera, which opened 23 April 2015. Additional Broadway credits included The Winslow Boys, Uncle Vanya, The Rehearsal and London Assurance.

He is survived by Mr. Elice. A private funeral service will be held next week and details of a memorial will be forthcoming.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

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Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Roger Rees and Chita Rivera attend the 85th Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony and Luncheon at The New York Marriott Marquis on May 15, 2015 in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Roger Rees and Chita Rivera attends the 85th Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony and Luncheon at The New York Marriott Marquis on May 15, 2015 in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Roger Rees and Chita Rivera attends the 85th Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony and Luncheon at The New York Marriott Marquis on May 15, 2015 in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Roger Rees.attending the After Performance Reception for Brooke Shields debut in 'The Addams Family' at the Empire Hotel Roof in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Roger Rees attending the After Performance Reception for Brooke Shields debut in 'The Addams Family' at the Empire Hotel Roof in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Rick Elice, Roger Rees & Andrew Lippa.attending the After Performance Reception for Brooke Shields debut in 'The Addams Family' at the Empire Hotel Roof in New York City.

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Zachary James, Jackie Hoffman, Roger Rees, Adam Riegler, Brooke Shields & Rachel Potter.attending the After Performance Reception for Brooke Shields debut in 'The Addams Family' at the Empire Hotel Roof in New York City.

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Roger Rees and partner Rick Elice attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Roger Rees attends the Opening Night of 'Indescretions' at the Barrymore Theatre on April 27, 1995 in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Roger Rees attending the Broadway Opening Night After Party for MACBETH at Sardi's Restaurant in New York City. April 8, 2008

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Roger Rees attends the Opening Night of 'ITriumph of Love' at the Royale Theatre on October 23, 1997 in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Roger Rees attends the Opening Night Party for Sondheim's 'Putting it Together' on April 1, 1993 in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Roger Rees attends the Opening Night of 'Crucible' at the Virginia Theatre on March 7, 2002 in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Roger Rees attends the Opening Night of 'Indescretions' at the Barrymore Theatre on April 27, 1995 in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Roger Rees attends the Opening Night of 'Oklahoma' at the Gershwin Theatre on March 21, 2002 in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Roger Rees attending the 22nd Annual Lucille Lortel Awards at the New World Stages in New York City. May 7th, 2007

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Roger Rees attending the Opening Night of the Roundabout Theatre Company's TARTUFFE American Airlines Theatre New York City January 9, 2003

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Roger Rees attending the Opening Night Performance of TARZAN, The Broadway Musical at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City. May 10, 2006

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Roger Rees & Richard Kind arriving for the Opening Night Performance of THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION at the Music Box Theatre in New York City. December 3, 2007

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Roger Rees attending the Opening Night of the Roundabout Theatre Company's A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG at the American Airlines Theatre, New York City. April 3, 2003

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Roger Rees attends the Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway Opening Night performance of 'The Real Thing' at the American Airlines Theatre on October 30, 2014 in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Roger Rees at the Curtain Call for her debut in 'The Addams Family' at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Brooke Shields as Morticia Addams & Roger Rees with ensemble cast.at the Curtain Call for her debut in 'The Addams Family' at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Bebe Neuwirth & Roger Rees.with the cast of 'The Addams Family' celebrating their 500th performance with a special cake-cutting backstage at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Bebe Neuwirth & Roger Rees.with the cast of 'The Addams Family' celebrating their 500th performance with a special cake-cutting backstage at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre in New York City.

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(L-R) Rachel Potter, Adam Grupper, Bebe Neuwirth, Roger Rees, Brad Oscar, Adam Riegler.with the cast of 'The Addams Family' celebrating their 500th performance with a special cake-cutting backstage at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre in New York City.

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Jesse Swenson, Becca Ayers, Rachel Potter, Adam Grupper, Bebe Neuwirth, Roger Rees, Brad Oscar, Adam Riegler, Zachary James, Jackie Hoffman.with the cast of 'The Addams Family' celebrating their 500th performance with a special cake-cutting backstage at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Rick Elice and Roger Rees attend the Hal Luftig Sardi's Caricature Unveiling at Sardi's Restaurant on June 11, 2014 in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Roger Rees attends the Hal Luftig Sardi's Caricature Unveiling at Sardi's Restaurant on June 11, 2014 in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Roger Rees, Hal Luftig and Rick Elice attend the Hal Luftig Sardi's Caricature Unveiling at Sardi's Restaurant on June 11, 2014 in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Rick Elice and Roger Rees attends the Broadway Opening Night Performance of 'It's Only A Play' at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on October 9, 2014 in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Roger Rees, Rick Elice attends the opening night for 'Buyers & Cellars' at the Barrow Street Theatre on June 24, 2013 in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Roger Rees attends the opening night for 'Buyer & Cellar' at the Barrow Street Theatre on June 24, 2013 in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Roger Rees attends the 85th Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony and Luncheon at The New York Marriott Marquis on May 15, 2015 in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Roger Rees attends the Broadway Opening Night Performance of Disney's 'Aladdin' at the New Amsterdam Theatre on March 20, 2014 in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Roger Rees and Rick Elice attends the Broadway Opening Night Performance of Disney's 'Aladdin' at the New Amsterdam Theatre on March 20, 2014 in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Brooke Shields as Morticia Addams & Roger Rees (Theatre Marquee Billboard ).at the Curtain Call for her debut in 'The Addams Family' at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Brooke Shields as Morticia Addams & Roger Rees with Ensemble Cast.at the Curtain Call for her debut in 'The Addams Family' at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Brooke Shields as Morticia Addams with Brad Oscar, Zachary James, Jackie Hoffman, Adam Riegler, Roger Rees, Rachel Potter.at the Curtain Call for her debut in 'The Addams Family' at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Brooke Shields as Morticia Addams with Brad Oscar, Zachary James, Jackie Hoffman, Adam Riegler, Roger Rees, Rachel Potter, Jesse Swenson & Heidi Bickenstaff.at the Curtain Call for her debut in 'The Addams Family' at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Rick Elice, Thomas Schumacher & Roger Rees.attending the 2012 New York Theatre Workshop Spring Gala Honoring Barbara Warner Howard & Thomas Schumacher at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on 5/22/2012

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Rick Elice and Roger Rees pictured at the 66th Annual Tony Awards held at The Beacon Theatre in New York City , New York on June 10, 2012.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Roger Rees and Rick Elice pictured at the 57th Annual Drama Desk Awards held at the The Town Hall in New York City, NY on June 3, 2012.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Roger Rees and Rick Elice pictured at the 57th Annual Drama Desk Awards held at the The Town Hall in New York City, NY on June 3, 2012.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Rick Elice, Bernadette Peters & Roger Rees.attending the New Dramatists 63rd Annual Spring Luncheon to Honor Bernadette Peters at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on 5/24/2012

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Roger Rees.attending the The 78th Annual Drama League Awards at the Mariott Marquis Hotel in New York City on 5/18/2012.Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Michael Cerveris, Roger Rees & Alex Timbers.Behind the Scenes at the 2012 Tony Award-Meet The Nominees Press Reception at Millennium Broadway Hotel on May 2, 2012 in New York City.

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Roger Reesattending the Broadway Opening Night Performance of 'Nice Work If You Can Get it' at the Imperial Theatre on 4/24/2012 at the Imperial Theatre in New York City. Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Roger Rees & Rick Elice.attending the Broadway Opening Night Performance of 'Nice Work If You Can Get it' at the Imperial Theatre on 4/24/2012 at the Imperial Theatre in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Rick Elice & Roger Rees.attending the Broadway Opening Night Performance of 'GHOST' a the Lunt-Fontanne Theater on 4/23/2012 in New York City.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Roger Rees pictured at the 66th Annual Tony Awards held at The Beacon Theatre in New York City , New York on June 10, 2012.

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part One
Roger Rees and Rick Elice pictured at the 66th Annual Tony Awards held at The Beacon Theatre in New York City , New York on June 10, 2012.


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