Charlie Robinson (actor)
Charlie Robinson (November 9, 1945 – July 11, 2021) was an American theater, film and television actor. He is best known for his role on the NBC sitcom Night Court as Macintosh "Mac" Robinson (Seasons 2–9), the clerk of the court and a Vietnam War veteran. Although his most frequent on-screen billing was Charlie Robinson, Night Court had credited him as Charles Robinson throughout his 1984–1992 stint as Mac. In two of his earliest film appearances, 1974's Sugar Hill and 1975's The Black Gestapo, he was credited as Charles P. Robinson. Some of his credits have been occasionally commingled with those of older actor Charles Knox Robinson who, billed as Charles Robinson, was featured in numerous films and TV episodes between 1958 and 1971.
|Died||July 11, 2021 (aged 75)|
|Other names||Charles Robinson|
Charles P. Robinson
|Spouse(s)||Arvis Robinson |
(m. 1968; div. 1978)
(m. 19??; div. 19??)
(m. 19??; div. 19??)
Dolorita Noonan-Robinson (m. 1996–2021, his death)
A native of Houston, Robinson performed since the 1960s, having been a member of the Actors Studio, and considered by playwright Lyle Kessler to be "one of the great American Actors". In his early career, he was a singer; as a teenager with the group Archie Bell and the Drells, and later with a group called Southern Clouds of Joy. In the late 1960s, Charlie attended, and was enrolled in, Studio 7, an acting school operated by Chris Wilson at the Houston Music Theatre. He stayed with Chris when the school was moved to another location in Southwest Houston where mainly children's theatre was presented. Charlie was cast in a made for TV production and soon moved to the Hollywood area where his career took off.
Robinson's acting credits include appearances in Black Gestapo, Emergency!, The White Shadow, Flamingo Road, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, The Game, Touched by an Angel, and Antwone Fisher. Robinson was cast in the role of Newdell in the NBC comedy Buffalo Bill. Not the success it was expected to be, Buffalo Bill was canceled after two seasons and replaced by Night Court. Robinson was cast as court clerk Mac Robinson, after the first season in 1984, when Karen Austin, who played the original court clerk, left the cast. Robinson played the role on Night Court from 1984 until the show ended in 1992. He also directed three episodes of the series.
From 1992 to 1995, Robinson co-starred on the sitcom Love & War, replacing John Hancock who died a few episodes into the series run. Robinson played character Bud Harper in Home Improvement, and has appeared in many other television shows including House, The Bernie Mac Show, My Wife and Kids, Soul Food, Charmed, Hart of Dixie, How I Met Your Mother and My Name Is Earl.
He has done commercial work for NEXTEL in which he is asking a worker if he's "agitating my dots" after he walks in on two other dispatchers staring at the dots, which represented delivery workers, on a computer screen. He also has done commercials for Old Spice, where he plays the head coach of the NFL's Denver Broncos, where he appears with perennial All-Pro Bronco linebacker Von Miller.
In 2010, Robinson worked at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and co-starred in the film Jackson which was directed by J.F. Lawton. Robinson appeared as "Troy" in August Wilson's Fences at Southern California's South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa from January 22, 2010 until February 21, 2010. In September 2013, he returned to the theater to portray Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman. In 2015, he played Mr. Munson, the blind tenant on Mom whom Bonnie avoids helping out with apartment issues.
Illness and deathEdit
Robinson died on July 11, 2021, at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, from cardiac arrest with multisystem organ failure due to septic shock and metastatic adenocarcinoma, a type of glandular cancer. He was 75.
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1974||Sugar Hill||Bernie Simmons|
|1975||The Black Gestapo||Colonel Kojah|
|1975||Caribe||Kishara, the Assassin|
|1976||Emergency!||Alan Benedict||(Season 5, episode 16)|
|1977||A Killing Affair||Buck Fryman|
|1977||The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald||Melvin Johnson|
|1978||Gray Lady Down||McAllister|
|1978||The White Shadow||Jackie Solomon|
|1979||Lou Grant||Don Vet||TV series|
|1979||Roots: The Next Generations||Luke Bettiger||TV miniseries|
|1979||Buffalo Soldiers||Private Wright||TV movie|
|1981||Flamingo Road||Phil||TV series|
|1982||Hill Street Blues||Roy||TV series (1 episode)|
|1982||Rehearsal for Murder||The Second Officer|
|1982||St. Elsewhere||Bill Austin||TV series (1 episode)|
|1983–1984||Buffalo Bill||Newdell||TV series|
|1984–1992||Night Court||Macintosh "Mac" Robinson||Main role (seasons 2–9)|
|1986||Hotel||Curtis Powell||TV series (1 episode)|
|1988||Crash Course||Larry Pearle||TV movie|
|1990||Murder C.O.D.||Lieutenant Silk||TV movie|
|1992–1995||Love & War||Abe Johnson||TV series|
|1993||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Sam Raynor||TV series (1 episode)|
|1995||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Ernest||TV series (1 episode)|
|1995–1999||Home Improvement||Bud Harper||TV series (9 episodes)|
|1996||Ink||Ernie Trainor||TV series|
|1996||The John Larroquette Show||Norm||TV series (1 episode)|
|1996||Project ALF||Dr. Stanley||TV movie|
|1996||In the House||Major||TV series (1 episode)|
|1996||The Crew||Reverend Edwards||TV series (1 episode)|
|1996||Set It Off||Nate Andrews|
|1997–1998||Malcolm & Eddie||Marcus McGee||TV series (2 episodes)|
|1998||Buddy Faro||El Jefe||TV series|
|1998||Land of the Free||Matt McCaster (McCuster)|
|2001||The Trouble with Normal||Mr. Lindquist||TV series (1 episode)|
|2002||Miss Lettie and Me||Isiah Griffin||TV movie|
|2003||Yes, Dear||Goodwill Guy||Episode: "Space Jam"|
|2005||House||Robert||Episode: "Humpty Dumpty"|
|2006||How I Met Your Mother||Bank President||Episode: "Aldrin Justice"|
|2007–2014||The Game||Mr. Pitts||TV series (4 episodes)|
|2008||30 Rock||Himself||Episode: "The One with the Cast of Night Court"|
|2009||Big Love||Baptist||Episode: "Come, ye Saints"|
|2009||Hank||Reuben||Episode: "Relax, Don't Do It"|
|2009||Alligator Point||TV movie|
|2009||Ronna & Beverly||Leron||TV movie|
|2010||The Secret Life of the American Teenager||Episode: "Ben There, Done That"|
|2010||$#*! My Dad Says||Mr. Campbell||Episode: "You Can't Handle the Truce"|
|2011||Harry's Law||Judge Marvin Baum||Episode: "Bangers in the House"|
|2011||Light, Streets of Redemption||Store Clerk|
|2012||Falling Away||Mr. King|
|2012||The Soul Man||Ike||Episode: "Lost in the Move"|
|2012||Rosita Lopez for President||Thomas Hamilton|
|2012–2015||Hart of Dixie||Sergeant Jeffries||16 episodes|
|2013–2015||Key and Peele||Dying Father/Pawn Shop Owner||2 episodes|
|2015–2017||K.C. Undercover||Pops||TV series (3 episodes)|
|2015–2019||Mom||Mr. Munson||TV series (7 episodes)|
|2015||Sweet Kandy||Eddie Morehouse|
|2015||Come Away with Me||Michael Blake|
|2015||How Sarah Got Her Wings||Max|
|2016||Pee-wee's Big Holiday||Police Captain|
|2016||Grey's Anatomy||Leo Polson||Episode: "You're Gonna Need Someone on Your Side"|
|2017||The Quad||Bradford||TV series (1 episode)|
|2017–2018||The Guest Book||Wilfred||11 episodes|
|2017||Disjointed||Scooter Boots||TV series (1 episode)|
|2018||This Is Us||Donald Robinson||2 episodes|
|2018||NCIS||Ray Jennings||Episode: "Fragments"|
|2019||Better Things||Sylvester||Episode: "Holding"|
|2020||Raven's Home||Mr. Arthur||2 episodes|
|2020||Love in the Time of Corona||Charles||4 episodes (final appearance)|
- "Celebrity Mailbag". Toledo Blade. November 5, 1998. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
- The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present Ballantine Books. 2003 p.705. ISBN 0-345-45542-8
- Goldberg, Lesley. "'Hart of Dixie' Taps 'Night Court' Funnyman for Recurring Gig (Exclusive) (The Hollywood Reporter, July 31, 2012)"
- Gennis, Sadie. "Hart of Dixie Books Night Court's Charlie Robinson" (TVGuide, August 1, 2012; includes photograph)
- South Coast Repertory 2009-2010 Winter Season Playbill
- Donloe, Darlene. "Charlie Robinson and SCR’s Masterson Pay Attention to Willy Loman" (This Stage Magazine, September 6, 2013)
- Boehm, Mike. "Charlie Robinson has no delusions playing Willy Loman" (Los Angeles Times, September 7, 2013)
- Perez, Lexy (July 12, 2021). "Charlie Robinson, 'Night Court' Star, Dies at 75". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 13, 2021.
- Legaspi, Althea (July 12, 2021). "Charlie Robinson, 'Night Court' Actor, Dead at 75". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 13, 2021.
- Pedersen, Erik (July 12, 2021). "Charlie Robinson Dies: 'Night Court' & 'Buffalo Bill' Actor Was 75". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 13, 2021.
- Shanfeld, Ethan (July 12, 2021). "Charlie Robinson, Who Played Mac on 'Night Court,' Dies at 75". Variety. Retrieved July 13, 2021.