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Also Known As: Died:
Born: May 5, 1944 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United Kingdom Profession: actor, playwright, director, scenery painter, stage designer, drama professor

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This acclaimed classical stage actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company possesses soulful deep-set eyes and sharp features that made him ideal for the title role in the RSC adaptation of Dickens's "Nicholas Nickleby" on the London and Broadway stages and television. His performance earned a Tony and an Olivier Award and an Emmy nomination. Rees won acclaim for his portrayal of an art critic whose visit to an elderly painter (played by Laurence Olivier) causes problems in the PBS adaptation of John Fowles' "The Ebony Tower" (1987) He joined the hit TV comedy "Cheers" for the 1989-90 season as Kirstie Alley's suitor, the single-minded international financier and corporate raider Robin Colcord and co-starred in the short-lived sci-fi series "M.A.N.T.I.S" (Fox, 1994-95).

This acclaimed classical stage actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company possesses soulful deep-set eyes and sharp features that made him ideal for the title role in the RSC adaptation of Dickens's "Nicholas Nickleby" on the London and Broadway stages and television. His performance earned a Tony and an Olivier Award and an Emmy nomination. Rees won acclaim for his portrayal of an art critic whose visit to an elderly painter (played by Laurence Olivier) causes problems in the PBS adaptation of John Fowles' "The Ebony Tower" (1987) He joined the hit TV comedy "Cheers" for the 1989-90 season as Kirstie Alley's suitor, the single-minded international financier and corporate raider Robin Colcord and co-starred in the short-lived sci-fi series "M.A.N.T.I.S" (Fox, 1994-95).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Happy Tears (2009)
2.
 Narrows, The (2008)
3.
 Invasion, The (2007)
4.
 Crazy Like A Fox (2006) Cast
5.
6.
 Treatment, The (2006)
7.
 Prestige, The (2006)
8.
 Going Under (2006)
10.
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in working-class neighborhood in South London
1964:
While earning extra money as a scenery painter and stage designer, made acting debut in the stage comedy "Hindle Wakes" in Wimbledon
1967:
Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company; appeared in "The Taming of the Shrew" and "As You Like It"
1981:
Created the title role in the the Royal Shakespeare Company's "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby"
1983:
Reprised role of Nicholas Nickleby in syndicated TV miniseries
1983:
First feature film role was Bob Fosse's "Star 80"
1986:
Named associate director with Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company
:
Co-wrote the plays "Double-Double" and "Elephant Manse" with Eric Elice
1989:
Played the recurring role of English tycoon Robin Colcord on the NBC sitcom "Cheers"
1992:
Played Prince Charles in ABC biopic "Charles & Diana: Unhappily Ever After"
1994:
Co-starred on short-lived Fox series "M.A.N.T.I.S"
1994:
Provided voice of Prince Malcolm, a recurring character on the syndicated animated series "Gargoyles"
1995:
Cast in the Broadway production of "Indiscretions"
1997:
Joined cast of the NBC sitcom "Boston Common"
1999:
Played Peter Quince in "William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream"
1999:
Directed and starred in a stage production of "The Taming of the Shrew" at the Williamstown Theatre Festival
2000:
Staged the off-Broadway revival of Shaw's "Arms and the Man"
2000:
Appeared on Broadway alongside Derek Jacobi in Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya"
2000:
Played the recurring role of Lord John Marbury on NBC's "The West Wing"
2000:
Directed the play "The Late Middle Classes" at the Williamstown Theatre Festival
2001:
Played John Adams in the L.A. Reprise! staging of "1776"
2006:
Cast opposite Steve Martin in a prequel to the 1964 Peter Sellers original film "The Pink Panther"
2006:
Co-starred with Mary McDonnell in the independent feature "Crazy Like a Fox"
2006:
Featured in "The Prestige," a thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan
2007:
Had a recurring role as Dr. Colin Marlow on "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)
2011:
Took over the role of Gomez in the Broadway musical adaptation of "The Addams Family" following the departure of Nathan Lane
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Education

Balham Secondary Modern School: -
Camberwell School of Art: -
Slade School of Fine Arts: -

Notes

Rees taught drama at Florida State Unversity and teaches at UCLA.

Family close complete family listing

father:
William John Rees. Police officer.
mother:
Doris Louise Rees. Shop clerk.

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