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 RSC'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 television 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 television series and in a number of independent films.
However, Roger Rees remains primarily a man of the theatre with secondary careers as a playwright and stage director. He has lived in the United States since 1989.
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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). He was also nominated for a Tony Award in the same category in 1995 for "Indiscretions."
Was painting scenery at the Wimbledon Theatre when approached to play a part in "Hindle Wakes" in 1965.
In November 2004, he was named artistic director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Massachusetts, only the fourth person to hold the post in its half century. He left the position in October 2007.
Became an American citizen in 1989.
Started his career with the Royal Shakespeare Company and attended the Slade School of Fine Arts.
Son of Doris Louise (née Smith), a shop clerk, and William John Rees, a police officer.
Rees's longtime romantic partner (and, as of 2011, husband) is writer/producer Eric Elice (aka "Rick" Elice), who co-wrote the musicals "Jersey Boys" and "The Addams Family". Rees and Elice have also collaborated professionally, most notably as co-playwrights of the comedic thriller, "Double Double". In March 2011, Rees took over the role of "Gomez Addams" in the "Addams Family" musical (the role had previously been played by Nathan Lane and Merwin Foard). In 2011, Rees was the co-director for the play "Peter and the Starcatcher," which was adapted for the stage by Rick Elice.
(January 2007) Is currently the director of the Williamstown Theater Festival in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
(August 2009) Currently directing BD Wong in the La Jolla Playhouse's production of "Herringbone". Wong plays 11 roles in this one-man show.
(January 2010) Starring as "Vladimir", opposite Sir Ian McKellen's "Estragon", in "Waiting for Godot", at Theatre Royal Haymarket in London's West End.
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