- Fellow entertainers remember Rees as a great person and immense talent
- Roger Rees starred for years on stage, including a Tony-winning role as Nicholas Nickleby
- He also played Robin Colcord on "Cheers" and a British ambassador on "The West Wing"
He was 71.
The Wales native spent most of his career on stage, including his Tony Award-winning best actor role in 1982 for "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby." He also earned Tony nominations for acting parts in "Shadowlands," "Six Degrees of Separation," "Indiscretions" and -- most recently, in 2012 -- as a director of "Peter and the Starcatcher."
Still, you didn't have to go to Broadway to appreciate Rees' skills -- both as a dramatic and a comedic actor.
After scoring several TV roles in the late 1970s, and later a 1982 TV mini-series as Nicholas Nickleby, Rees broke through in 1989 as Robin Colcord, the love interest of the character played by Kirstie Alley in "Cheers."
Rees later had a standout role as British Ambassador Lord John Marbury on the critically acclaimed "The West Wing," as well as recurring parts on "M.A.N.T.I.S." and "Grey's Anatomy."
He made a splash in movies as well, including playing the Sheriff of Rottingham in the 1993 comedy "Robin Hood: Men in Tights."
According to the Internet Movie Database
, Rees remained busy into 2015, including parts of the ABC series "Forever" and the movie "Survivor."
Rees' former colleagues remembered him Saturday as a great person and immense talent. Patrick Stewart -- himself a star of stage, film and TV, including "Star Trek: The Next Generation" -- said "a space ... cannot be filled" following the loss of what he called a "brilliant actor, dear friend and colleague, witty, kind, private man."
Carey Elwes described his Robin Hood co-star as "a beautiful human being an incredible talent." And Jesse Tyler Ferguson
, best known for his role on the hit ABC sitcom "Modern Family," called him a "a true gentlemen, ... class act (and) a genuine man & brilliant actor."
"One of the greatest actors and humans I've ever known," tweeted Broadway performer Sierra Boggess about Rees. "You are missed and loved forever."