Broadway actor Roger Rees dies

  • 13/07/2015
Roger Rees (AAP)
Roger Rees (AAP)

Tony Award-winning actor Roger Rees has died at the age of 71, weeks after exiting a Broadway production in New York due to illness.

The Welsh-born actor left the Kander & Ebb musical The Visit, in which he was starring alongside Chita Rivera, in May after undergoing treatment for a medical condition, the show's producer announced.

He passed away at his home in the US on Friday (local time) but the cause of his death had not been released as WENN went to press.

Rees gained fame - and won a Tony Award in 1982 - for playing the title role in the original Royal Shakespeare Company production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, and he spent more than 20 years with the company.

The actor also played a wealthy British love interest of Kirstie Alley's character Rebecca Howe on the NBC sitcom Cheers, and Lord John Marbury in US political drama The West Wing from 2000 to 2005.

Rees is survived by his husband Rick Elice, a Broadway playwright.