Charles Robinson (actor)

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Charles Robinson
Born (1945-11-09) November 9, 1945 (age 70)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Other names Charlie Robinson
Ethnicity African-American
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) Dolorita Noonan-Robinson (3rd wife; married August 24, 1996–present)
Children 3

Charles "Charlie" Robinson (born November 9, 1945) is an American theater and television actor. He is best known for his role on the NBC sitcom Night Court as Macintosh "Mac" Robinson (Seasons 2–9), a Vietnam War veteran.

Early career[edit]

Robinson has been performing since the 1960s, is a member of the Actors Studio, and is considered by playwright Lyle Kessler to be "one of the great American Actors."[citation needed] 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.[1] 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.[citation needed]

Later career[edit]

Robinson's credits include appearances in Black Gestapo, 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 on Newdell in the NBC comedy Buffalo Bill. Not the hit it was expected to be, Buffalo Bill was canceled after one season 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 its end 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.[2] Robinson played recurrent 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, How I Met Your Mother and My Name Is Earl.

He has done commercial work for NEXTEL. He was 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.

2000–2010[edit]

In 2010, Robinson worked at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and co-starred in the film on Jackson (2008) which was directed by J.F. Lawton. Robinson appeared as "Troy" in August Wilson's Fences at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California from January 22, 2010 until February 21, 2010.[3]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Robinson received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1971 Drive, He Said Jollop
1971 Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law Cal Morgan
1971 Ironside Bernie Simmons
1975 The Black Gestapo Colonel Kojah
1975 Caribe Kishara, the Assassin
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 Mini-Series
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 The River Truck
1986 Hotel TV Series (1 Episode)
1988 Crash Course Larry Pearle TV Movie
1990 Murder C.O.D. Lieutenant Silk TV Movie
1984 - 1992 Night Court Mac Robinson TV Series (Seasons 2-9)
1993 CBS Schoolbreak Special Sam Raynor TV Series (1 Episode)
1995 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Ernest TV Series (1 Episode)
1992 - 1995 Love & War Abe Johnson TV Series
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)
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)
1999 Beowulf Weaponsmaster Movie
1995-1999 Home Improvement Bud Harper TV Series (9 Episodes)
2001 The Trouble with Normal Mr. Lindquist TV Series (1 Episode)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Celebrity Mailbag". Toledo Blade. 1998-11-05. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  2. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present Ballantine Books. 2003 p.705. ISBN 0-345-45542-8
  3. ^ South Coast Repertory 2009-2010 Winter Season Playbill

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