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'Cheers' Actor Roger Rees, a Broadway Veteran, Dies at 71

'Cheers' Actor Roger Rees, a Broadway Veteran, Dies at 71
Roger Rees, who shot to fame on the stage in the groundbreaking "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby," an eight-plus-hour adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel, has died at age 71.

Rees worked until a brief illness kept him from it. Most recently, he appeared in "The Visit" on Broadway with Chita Rivera; the production closed less than a month ago.

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Rees with Kirstie Alley on "Cheers" [Cred: NBC]

On TV, Rees was most famous as "Robin," the caddish boyfriend of "Rebecca" (Kirstie Alley) on "Cheers," between 1989 and 1993. He was also memorable on "The West Wing." Among his many stage accomplishments, Rees was Tony-nominated for co-directing the hit play "Peter and the Starcatcher."

Rees is survived by his husband, the writer and producer Rick Elice, with whom he wrote the play "Double Double."

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