Cheers Actor Roger Rees Dead at 71


Tony Award–winning, Wales-born actor Roger Rees died Friday at the age of 71, Entertainment Weekly confirms. He won the Tony for Best Actor in 1982 for his turn in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, and subsequently earned an Emmy nomination for the television adaptation. He soon segued into more mainstream roles on the classic show Cheers, playing the snobbish love interest of Kristie Alley, as well as British ambassador Lord John Marbury on The West Wing. In his most prominent film role, as the dastardly Sherif of Rottinham in Mel Brooks's Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Rees had the rare honor of slapping Cary Elwes across the face with a glove, subsequently taking an iron gauntlet to the face himself.