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Ellis Rabb (June 20, 1930, Memphis, Tennesseemarker – January 11, 1998, Memphis, Tennesseemarker) was an Americanmarker actor and director who in 1959 formed the Association of Producing Artists, a theatre company that brought new works and noteworthy revivals to Broadway and to regional theatres. The APA merged with the Phoenix Theatre in 1964 and as the APA-Phoenix went on to mount Broadwaymarker revivals of Man and Superman, The Show-Off, Right You Are, and Hamlet (in which Rabb played the title role) among others, with the APA-Phoenix receiving a special Tony Award for distinguished achievement prior to disbanding in 1969.

Rabb’s subsequent work as an actor included starring in the New Yorkmarker premiere of David Mamet's A Life in the Theatre in 1977 at Off-Broadway's Theatre de Lys and in 1980 he played the title role in The Man Who Came to Dinner at the Circle in the Square Theatre

His later directing work included a 1973 production of A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Rosemary Harris (to whom he was married from 1960–1967); a memorable production of The Royal Family in 1975 for which he won both a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award, and a 1983 revival of You Can't Take It With You with Jason Robards and Colleen Dewhurst His final Broadwaymarker production was his own adaptation of Arthur Schnitzer’s The Loves of Anatol.

Rabb appeared in Cheers playing an imaginary spy and then a poet in the episode "The Spy Who Came In For A Cold One". He was unmasked as the former by Diane Chambers and as the latter by Coach. Former Cheers star Kelsey Grammer has stated that Rabb, who Grammer had also worked with in the theater, was his main inspiration for the character Sideshow Bob on The Simpsons.

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