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Roger Rees (5 May 1944 – 10 July 2015) was a Welsh actor and director, widely known for his stage work. He played Sherlock Holmes in BBC Radio 4's two part serial, The BBC Presents: Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1988) and appeared in two episodes of Elementary with Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes.

He was widely known to American television audiences for playing the characters Robin Colcord in Cheers and Lord John Marbury in The West Wing. He won an Olivier Award and a Tony Award for his performance as the lead in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. He also received Obie Awards for his role in The End of the Day and as co-director of Peter and the Starcatcher. Rees was posthumously inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in November 2015.

As Sherlock Holmes[]

Rees was cast as Sherlock Holmes in a 1988 radio adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles produced by BBC 4 Radio and helmed by Bert Coules after the original contracted actor backed out of the production. With Crawford Logan as Watson, the show was recorded and broadcast in the summer of 1988.

Rees' performance as Holmes was well received, drama critic Malcolm Hay said that:

“Roger Rees radiated intelligence as Sherlock Holmes.”

Despite the positive reception to the radio drama, after Coules successfully pitched A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four as follow-up productions, the BBC requested that both the roles of Holmes and Watson be recast, with the roles eventually going to Clive Merrison and Michael Williams.[1]

While Rees didn't have the opportunity to play Holmes again, he appeared in two episodes of Elementary, in the role of Alistair Moore, an old friend of Sherlock Holmes as played by Jonny Lee Miller.

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