Roger Robinson (actor)

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Roger Robinson
BornMay 2, 1940
DiedSeptember 26, 2018(2018-09-26) (aged 78)
Years active1969–2018

Roger Robinson (May 2, 1940 – September 26, 2018) was an American actor who won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for the 2009 revival of Joe Turner's Come and Gone.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Seattle, Washington,[2] Robinson made his Broadway debut in 1969 in Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? opposite Al Pacino. Additional theatre credits include Amen Corner, The Iceman Cometh, and Seven Guitars, which garnered him his first Tony nomination.

Robinson appeared in six of August Wilson's ten plays chronicling African-American life in the 20th century. He felt the playwright's "use of language is second to none, except Eugene O'Neill and perhaps Tennessee Williams."[2] Robinson was the first African American to receive the Richard Seff Award, presented annually by the Actors' Equity Foundation to an actor fifty years of age or older for his performance in a supporting role in a Broadway or off-Broadway production.[2]

Robinson's film credits include Believe in Me (1971), Willie Dynamite (1974), Newman's Law (1974), Meteor (1979), It's My Turn (1980), The Lonely Guy (1984), Who's the Man? (1993), Wedding Daze (2006), and Brother to Brother (2004). The latter won him the LA Outfest Grand Jury Award Outstanding Actor in a Feature Film and a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male.

Robinson's television credits include the television miniseries King, TV-movie The Marcus-Nelson Murders, which led to a recurring role on Kojak, a regular role on the short-lived Mary Stuart Masterson series Kate Brasher, and guest appearances on Ironside, Starsky and Hutch, The Jeffersons, A Man Called Hawk, Law & Order, New York Undercover, Homicide: Life on the Street, ER, Kojak, and NYPD Blue. On ABC's How to Get Away With Murder, he played Mac Harkness, the father of Viola Davis' Annalise Keating. He also wrote material for Martin Lawrence Presents: 1st Amendment Stand-Up.


Year Title Role Notes
1971 Believe in Me Angel
1974 Willie Dynamite Bell
1974 Newman's Law Garry
1979 Meteor Bill Hunter
1980 It's My Turn Flicker
1984 The Lonely Guy Greeting Card Supervisor
1992 Flodder in Amerika Zwerver
1993 Who's the Man? Charlie
1995 Burnzy's Last Call Russell
2004 Brother to Brother Bruce
2005 On the One Butter
2006 Wedding Daze Dr. Favreau
2011 Smoking Nonsmoking Jeffries
2014 Foreclosure
2014 H. Harold
2016 Custody Martha's Father
2016 Vineland Father Gordon
2018 The Pack Jeffries (final film role)


  1. ^ "2009 Tony Award Winner: Roger Robinson For 'Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play'", June 7, 2009. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Roger Robinson, Tony-Winning Actor and a Detective on 'Kojak,' Dies at 78". Black Christian News. September 30, 2018. Retrieved October 2, 2018.

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