May. 5th, 1944
Aberystwyth, Wales, UK
Roger Rees' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - Happy Tears
2007 - The Invasion
2006 - The Prestige
2006 - Garfield 2: A Tail of Two Kitties
2006 - The Pink Panther
2005 - The New World
2004 - The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 2: Vaux to the Sea
2003 - The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 3: From Sark to the Finish
2002 - Return to Never Land
2002 - The Scorpion King
2002 - Frida
2002 - The Emperor's Club
1999 - A Midsummer Night's Dream
1998 - Next Stop Wonderland
1993 - Robin Hood: Men in Tights
1992 - Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
1991 - If Looks Could Kill
1990 - Mountains of the Moon
1983 - Star 80
Guest TV Roles
Brit. Ambassador Lord John Marbury
Dr. Colin Marlow
Prince Malcolm (Voiced)
Like a number of British actors of the same generation (John Hurt and Alan Rickman, to name two), Roger Rees was originally trained for the visual arts. He acted in church and Boy Scout stage productions while growing up in London, but studied painting and lithography at the Slade School of Art, and his first paying jobs in show business were as a scenery painter.
He turned to acting on a full-time basis in the mid-1960s. After his fourth audition, the Royal Shakespeare Company finally hired him as a bit player in 1968. He then worked his way up through the R.S.C.'s ranks, finally achieving stardom in the early 1980s in its production of "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby," for which he won both an Olivier award and a Tony award. He was also nominated for an Emmy award for the television version of the play. By this time he had several TV movies to his name, but he did not make his large-screen debut until Star 80 (1983). More recently he has acted in several British and American TV series and in a number of independent films.
Roger Rees remains primarily a man of the theatre, however, with secondary careers as a playwright and stage director. He has lived in the United States since 1989.
- Was painting scenery at the Wimbledon Theatre when approached to play a part in "Hindle Wakes" in 1965.
- Won Broadway's 1982 Tony Award as Best Actor for playing the title role in "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby," a role he recreated in the television version with the same title, _"The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby" (1982)_ (qv). He was also nominated for a Tony Award in the same category in 1995 for "Indiscretions."
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