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Born in Aberystwyth, Wales, he started his career with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He created the title role in the original production of the play The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, winning both an Olivier Award and a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play in 1982 for it. He also starred in the original production of The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard in London in 1984. Rees became an American citizen in 1989, and in the 1990s, continued his work in the theatre, both as an actor and a director. He did some television work in the 1970s and began his film career in the 1980s. From 1989 to 1993, he appeared intermittently on the long-running American TV series Cheers as the dashing, feckless English tycoon "Robin Colcord." He then played an antagonist to a different Robin as the Sheriff of Rottingham, in Mel Brooks' 1993 film, Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Later television appearances include My So-Called Life as substitute teacher "Mr. Racine" and British Ambassador Lord John Marbury on The West Wing. He was awarded an OBIE for his 1992 performance in the off-Broadway play The End of the Day, and in 1995, he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his role in Indiscretions. 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. Rees is a convert to Judaism. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.