Rex Robbins

Rex Robbins


Born: March 30, 1935
Pierre, South Dakota

Died: September 23, 2003
Pierre, South Dakota

Obituary: Rex Robbins, the actor who played opposite Angela Lansbury in Gypsy and with Al Pacino in Richard III, died Sept. 23, 2003, at the age of 68, his agent Richard Astor confirmed. The cause was an aneurysm.

Mr. Robbins, who had a long, saturnine face and dark hair and eyes, made his Broadway debut in 1963, playing a doctor in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and made his final appearance in 2000's James Joyce's The Dead. In between, he logged in 16 Broadway plays and musicals.

His busiest period was the 1970s, when he played Herbie opposite Lansbury in the 1973 production of Gypsy, probably the actor's most famous credit. He also starred with John Lithgow in several British plays, including The Changing Room (1973) and Comedians (1976) and was directed by Lithgow in one, Boy Meets Girl (1976). He replaced David Ogden Stiers in the cast of the long-running Doug Henning musical The Magic Show.

He acted in Arthur Miller's A Memory of Two Mondays in 1976 and in the 1984 Harold Prince-directed flop Play Memory.

Off-Broadway, he appeared in Urban Blight at Manhattan Theatre Club, The Dining Room at Playwrights Horizons and Henry IV, Part I at the Public Theater.

Mr. Robbins spent 13 seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and 14 at Connecticut's Long Wharf Theatre. Touring productions included Hello, Dolly! with Carol Channing and Into the Woods.

On the big screen, Mr. Robbins played Roger Sherman in the 1972 film version of "1776." His final film was "The Royal Tenenbaums."

In 1984, he co-starred with Lansbury once more, as a guest star on the television series "Murder, She Wrote."

Rex Robbins was born in Pierre, South Dakota, on March 30, 1935. He is survived by his wife and three children.



Playbill Cover - James Joyce's The Dead James Joyce's The Dead
Jan. 11, 2000 - Apr. 16, 2000
Mr. Browne Performer
Playbill Cover - The Sisters Rosensweig The Sisters Rosensweig
Mar. 18, 1993 - Jul. 16, 1994
Nicholas Pym Performer
Playbill Cover - Six Degrees of Separation Six Degrees of Separation
Nov. 8, 1990 - Jan. 5, 1992
Eddie Performer
    Policeman Performer
Playbill Cover - All My Sons All My Sons
Apr. 22, 1987 - May 17, 1987
Joe Keller Standby
Playbill Cover - Play Memory Play Memory
Apr. 26, 1984 - Apr. 29, 1984
Duncan Performer
    Cam MacMillan Understudy
Playbill Cover - Noises Off Noises Off
Dec. 11, 1983 - Apr. 6, 1985
Frederick Fellowes Standby
    Lloyd Dallas Standby
Playbill Cover - You Can't Take It With You You Can't Take It With You
Apr. 4, 1983 - Jan. 1, 1984
Boris Kolenkhov Performer
Playbill Cover - Richard III Richard III
Jun. 10, 1979 - Jul. 15, 1979
Henry Stafford Performer
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Players Players
Sep. 6, 1978 - Sep. 24, 1978
Laurie Holden Performer
Playbill Cover - An Almost Perfect Person An Almost Perfect Person
Oct. 27, 1977 - Jan. 28, 1978
Jerry Leeds Performer
Playbill Cover - Comedians Comedians
Nov. 28, 1976 - Apr. 3, 1977
Bert Challenor Performer
Boy Meets Girl
Apr. 13, 1976 - May 1, 1976
Rosetti Performer
Secret Service
Apr. 12, 1976 - May 2, 1976
Lieutenant Foray Performer
    Captain Thorne Understudy
They Knew What They Wanted
Jan. 27, 1976 - Mar. 6, 1976
The Doctor Performer
A Memory of Two Mondays / 27 Wagons Full of Cotton
Jan. 26, 1976 - Mar. 21, 1976
Tom Performer
    Jake Meighan Understudy
Playbill Cover - Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes
Nov. 12, 1974 - Jan. 4, 1976
Sir Edward Leighton Performer
    Sherlock Holmes Standby
Playbill Cover - Gypsy Gypsy
Sep. 23, 1974 - Jan. 4, 1975
Herbie Performer
Playbill Cover - The Magic Show The Magic Show
May 28, 1974 - Dec. 31, 1978
Feldman Performer
Playbill Cover - The Changing Room The Changing Room
Mar. 6, 1973 - Aug. 18, 1973
Fielding Performer
Playbill Cover - Scratch Scratch
May 6, 1971 - May 8, 1971
Porter Wright Performer
    Jabez Stone Understudy
Playbill Cover - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Nov. 13, 1963 - Jan. 25, 1964
Dr. Spivey Performer
Playbill Cover - King Henry IV, Part II King Henry IV, Part II
Apr. 18, 1960 - May 29, 1960
Humphrey of Gloucester, Son of Henry IV and brother of Prince Henry Performer
    Gower Performer
Playbill Cover - King Henry IV, Part I King Henry IV, Part I
Mar. 1, 1960 - May 29, 1960
Ensemble Performer

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