Roger Rees Biography (1944-)

Born May 5, 1944, in Aberystwyth, Wales; immigrated to the United States, 1989; son of William John (a police officer) and Doris Louise (a shop clerk; maiden name, Smith) Rees. Addresses: Agent: Gary Gersh, Innovative Artists, 235 Park Ave. South, Seventh Floor, New York, NY 10003.; Manager: Alan Siegel, Alan Siegel Entertainment, 345 North Maple Dr., Suite 375, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Nationality
British
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, director, writer
Birth Details
May 5, 1944
Aberystwyth, Wales, United Kingdom

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • Member of the chorus, Ralph Reader Gang Show, Golder's Green Hippodrome, 1963
  • Alan, Hindle Wakes, Wimbledon, London, England, 1964
  • Yasha, The Cherry Orchard, Pitlochry, Scotland, 1965
  • As You Like It, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1967, later produced in Los Angeles, 1968
  • The Taming of the Shrew, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1967, later produced in Los Angeles, 1968
  • Fenton, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1968
  • Volumnius, Julius Caesar, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1968
  • Curio, Twelfth Night, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1969
  • Guildford, Henry VIII, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1969
  • Patchbreech, Pericles, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1969
  • The Winter's Tale, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1969 and 1970
  • Damaschke, The Plebeians Rehearse the Uprising, Royal ShakespeareCompany, 1970
  • Stephen Undershaft, Major Barbara, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970
  • Twelfth Night, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970
  • Claudio, Much Ado about Nothing, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1971
  • Roderigo, Othello, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1971, then Aldwych Theatre, London, 1971-1972
  • Balin, The Island of the Mighty, Aldwych Theatre, 1971-1972
  • Gratiano, The Merchant of Venice, Aldwych Theatre, 1971-1972
  • Marchbanks, Candida, Neptune Theatre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1973
  • Q, Moving Clocks Go Slow, Theatre Upstairs, London, 1975
  • Vosco, Paradise, Theatre Upstairs, 1975
  • Antipholus, The Comedy of Errors, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976
  • Benvolio, Romeo and Juliet, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976
  • Malcolm, Macbeth, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976
  • Young shepherd, The Winter's Tale, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976
  • Ananias, The Alchemist, Other Place Theatre, London, then AldwychTheatre, 1977
  • Malcolm, Macbeth, Warehouse Theatre, London, 1977
  • Nazzer, Factory Birds, Warehouse Theatre, 1977
  • Petulant, The Way of the World, Aldwych Theatre, 1978
  • Posthumus, Cymbeline, Royal Shakespeare Company, then Other PlaceTheatre, 1979
  • Semyon Podsekalnikov, The Suicide, Royal Shakespeare Company, Other Place Theatre, then Newcastle Theatre, Warehouse Theatre, and Aldwych Theatre, all 1980
  • Nicholas Nickleby, The Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, 1980, then Plymouth Theatre, New York City,1981
  • David, Cries from the Mammaz House, Royal Court Theatre, London, 1983
  • The Real Thing, Strand Theatre, London, 1983
  • Berowne, Love's Labour's Lost, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984, then Newcastle Theatre and Barbican Theatre, London, 1985
  • Title role, Hamlet, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984, then Newcastle Theatre and Barbican Theatre, both 1985
  • Duncan McFee, Double-Double, Watford Palace Theatre, then FortuneTheatre, both London, 1986
  • Lofty, Archangels Don't Play Pinball, Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company, Theatre Royal, London, 1986
  • Kerner, Hapgood, Aldwych Theatre, 1988, then Center Theatre Group,Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1988-1989
  • Cabaret Verboten, Sundays at the Itchey Foot, 1990-1991
  • Graydon Massey, The End of the Day, off-Broadway production, 1992
  • Boris Lermontov, The Red Shoes, Gershwin Theatre, New York City, 1993
  • George, Indiscretions (also known as Les parents terribles), Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1995
  • Captain Josiah Wickett, The Uneasy Chair, Playwrights' Horizons Theatre, New York City, 1998
  • Alceste, The Misanthrope, Classic Stage Company, New York City, 1999
  • The Taming of the Shrew, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, 1999
  • Uncle Vanya, Broadway production, 2000
  • John Adams, "1776," Reprise!, Los Angeles, 2001
  • Alfie Byrne, A Man of No Importance (musical), Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, New York City, 2002
  • Appeared in The Rehearsal, Roundabout Theatre Company, Broadway production.
  • Major Tours
  • Twelfth Night, Australian cities, 1970
  • The Winter's Tale, Australian cities, 1970
  • Brother, Fear and Misery in the Third Reich, Cambridge Theatre Company, British cities, 1973-1974
  • Fabian, Twelfth Night, Cambridge Theatre Company, British cities,1973-1974
  • Pierre, Aunt Sally or the Triumph of Death, Cambridge Theatre Company, British cities, 1973-1974
  • Simple Simon, Jack and the Beanstalk, Cambridge Theatre Company, British cities, 1973-1974
  • Young Marlowe, She Stoops to Conquer, Cambridge Theatre Company, British cities, 1973-1974
  • Charles Courtly, London Assurance, Royal Shakespeare Company, U.S.cities, 1974-1975
  • Algernon Moncrieff, The Importance of Being Earnest, Cambridge Theatre Company, British cities, 1975
  • Stanley, The Birthday Party, Cambridge Theatre Company, British cities, 1975
  • Sir Andrew, Twelfth Night, Royal Shakespeare Company, British cities, 1978
  • Tusenbach, The Three Sisters, Royal Shakespeare Company, British cities, 1978
  • Is There Honey Still for Tea?, Royal Shakespeare Company, Britishcities, 1978
  • Appeared in The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Winter's Tale, both Japanese cities.
  • Stage Work
  • Director
  • Turkey Time, Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company, Theatre Royal, thenNew Vic Theatre, London, 1986
  • John Bull, Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company, Theatre Royal, then New Vic Theatre, 1987
  • Julius Caesar, Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company, Theatre Royal, then New Vic Theatre, 1987
  • Mud, River, Stone, Playwrights' Horizons Theatre, New York City, beginning in 1997
  • The Taming of the Shrew, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, 1999
  • Arms and the Man, Roundabout Theatre Company, Gramercy Theatre, New York City, 2000
  • The Late Middle Classes, Williamstown Theatre Festival, 2000
  • Love's Labour's Lost, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA, 2000
  • Also directed productions of The Film Society, Williamstown Theatre Festival; The Merry Wives of Windsor, Old Globe Theatre; and TheRivals, Williamstown Theatre Festival.
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Malcolm, Singles, Yorkshire Television, c. 1988-1990
  • Robin Colcord, a recurring role, Cheers, NBC, between 1989 and 1993
  • John Stonebrake, M.A.N.T.I.S., Fox, 1994-1995
  • Voice of Prince Malcolm, Gargoyles (animated), syndicated, 1994-1996
  • Voice of Prince Malcolm, Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles (animated), ABC, 1996-1997
  • President Harrison Cross, Boston Common, NBC, 1997
  • Damian Cromwell, Damian Cromwell's Postcards from America, beginning in 1997
  • Miniseries
  • A Bouquet of Barbed Wire, London Weekend Television, 1976
  • Nicholas Nickleby, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (also known as Nicholas Nickleby), Channel 4 and The Disney Channel, 1982, broadcast as Nicholas Nickleby, syndicated, 1983
  • Himself, Playing Shakespeare, 1984
  • Imaginary Friends, 1987
  • The Modern World: Ten Great Writers, 1988
  • Thomas Paine, Liberty! The American Revolution, PBS, 1997
  • Movies
  • Under Western Eyes, 1975
  • Donald Henderson, Saigon: Year of the Cat, 1983
  • Narrator and Fred Holywell, A Christmas Carol, CBS, 1984
  • Jason Cross, The Return of Sam McCloud (also known as The Return of McCloud), CBS, 1989
  • Prince Charles, Charles and Diana: Unhappily Ever After (also known as Charles and Diana: A Palace Divided and A Palace Divided),ABC, 1992
  • Mr. Littlehill, The Tower, Fox, 1993
  • Robin Banks, The Possession of Michael D. (also known as Legacyof Evil), Fox, 1995
  • J. Bruce Ismay, Titanic, CBS, 1996
  • Marc Reckler, Double Platinum, ABC, 1999
  • Dr. Croft, The Bumblebee Flies Anyway, Starz!, 2000
  • General Hugh Mercer, The Crossing, Arts and Entertainment, 2000
  • Priest, 3 A.M., Showtime, 2001
  • Also appeared in Place of Peace.
  • Specials
  • Antipholus of Syracuse, "The Comedy of Errors," The BBC Television Shakespeare, BBC-2, 1978
  • Malcolm, "Macbeth," The BBC Television Shakespeare, BBC-2, 1979
  • The Voysey Inheritance (also known as Play of the Month: The Voysey Inheritance), BBC, 1979
  • David Williams, "The Ebony Tower," Great Performances, PBS, 1987
  • Antipholus of Syracuse, The Comedy of Errors, Arts and Entertainment, 1990
  • Cheers: Special 200th Episode Celebration, NBC, 1990
  • The 50th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1996
  • Episodic
  • James Howgill, "The Reconciliation," Tales of the Unexpected, Anglia Television, 1984
  • Dad, "The Finding," WonderWorks, PBS, 1990
  • Tyler Dewitt, "Lady for a Night," The Young Riders, ABC, 1990
  • Vic Racine, "The Substitute," My So-Called Life, ABC, 1994
  • Voice of Judge Roebling, "Vows," Gargoyles (animated), syndicated,1995
  • Voice of the piper, "The Pied Piper of Manhattan," Extreme Ghostbusters (animated), syndicated, 1997
  • British ambassador Lord John Marbury, "He Shall, from Time to Time ... ,"The West Wing, NBC, 2000
  • British ambassador Lord John Marbury, "Lord John Marbury," The West Wing, NBC, 2000
  • Cheers: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television,2000
  • British Ambassador Lord John Marbury, "The Drop-in," The West Wing, NBC, 2001
  • Frederick, "The Faculty Party," Three Sisters, NBC, 2001
  • Frederick, "The Rooster," Three Sisters, NBC, 2001
  • Jack Aldridge, "Medium Rare," Oz, HBO, 2001
  • British ambassador Lord John Marbury, "Dead Irish Writers," The West Wing, NBC, 2002
  • Dan Franklin, "The Bad Girl," The Education of Max Bickford, CBS,2002
  • Television Work
  • Director; Episodic
  • "Variety," Oz, HBO, 2002
  • Film Appearances
  • Aram Nicholas, Star 80, Warner Bros., 1983
  • William Tyndale, God's Outlaw, 1986
  • Voice of Peter, Next, Channel Four Films, 1989
  • Edgar Papworth, Mountains of the Moon, Carolco, 1990
  • Augustus Steranko, If Looks Could Kill (also known as Teen Agent), Warner Bros., 1991
  • Parnell, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, Universal, 1992
  • Sheriff Mervin of Rottingham, Robin Hood: Men in Tights (also known as Sacre Robin des bois), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1993
  • Max, The Substance of Fire, Miramax, 1996
  • Murphy, Sudden Manhattan, Phaedra Cinema, 1996
  • Mr. McMurtry, Trouble on the Corner, 1997
  • Ray Thornback, Next Stop Wonderland (also known as The Last Train to Wonderland), Miramax, 1998
  • Narrator, Shakespeare's Women & Claire Bloom (documentary), First Run, 1999
  • Peter Quince, A Midsummer Night's Dream (also known as WilliamShakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Sogno di una notte di mezza estate), Fox Searchlight, 1999
  • Jump, Arrow Releasing, 1999
  • Bill Fontaine, BlackMale (also known as Blackmail), A-pix Entertainment, 2000
  • Himself, Loop Dreams: The Making of a Low-Budget Movie, Captured Time Productions, 2001
  • Guillermo Kahlo, Frida, Miramax, 2002
  • King Pheron, The Scorpion King, Universal, 2002
  • Mr. Castle, The Emperor's Club, Universal, 2002
  • Nat Banks, Crazy Like a Fox, 2002
  • Voice of Edward, Return to Never Land (animated; also known as Peter Pan: Return to Never Land), Buena Vista, 2002
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • Charles Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby (dramatic reading), Caedmon, 1982
  • Audiobooks
  • David Copperfield, Caedmon, 1982
  • Memnoch the Devil, Random House, 1995
  • The Door in the Wall, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, 1998
  • The Iliad, Audio Literature, 2000
  • The Grave Maurice: A Richard Jury Mystery, Penguin Audiobooks, 2002
  • WRITINGS
  • Plays
  • Is There Honey Still for Tea?, Royal Shakespeare Company, producedon a tour of British cities, 1978
  • (With Eric Elice) Double-Double, Watford Palace Theatre, then Fortune Theatre, both London, 1986, later Alliance Theatre Company, Atlanta, GA,1988-1989
  • Also author (with Elice) of the play Elephant Manse. Contributor to books, including Players of Shakespeare 1, 1985; and A Study Guide to Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice."

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • Albany Times Union, June 26, 1997, p. 26
    • Houston Chronicle, March 22, 1997, p. 4
    • InTheatre, Issue 14, 1997, pp. 28-29
    • Newsday, November 20, 1996, p. B3

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