According to Variety, actor Charlie Robinson—best known for playing court clerk Mac on Night Court—died over the weekend. Variety says he died from “cardiac arrest and cancer,” though more specific information isn’t available. Robinson was 75.
Robinson was born in Texas in 1945 and started performing in the ‘60s, first as a singer in R&B groups. He later attended acting school and moved to Hollywood at the end of the decade, fully transitioning to being an actor by the ‘70s. His earliest roles included high-concept blaxploitation films like Sugar Hill (which involves zombies) and The Black Gestapo (which involves inner-city vigilantes becoming fascist overlords), as well as TV shows and TV movies like Caribe, Nowhere To Hide, The Trial Of Lee Harvey Oswald, The White Shadow, and Buffalo Soldiers.
In the ‘80s, Robinson had a regular role on Buffalo Bill appeared on St. Elsewhere and Hill Street Blues, but his most iconic and role came in 1984 when he joined the cast of Night Court as Mac Robinson, the court clerk who replaced Karen Austin’s clerk from the first season. Robinson’s Mac was a Vietnam veteran and an easygoing man with a fondness for hideous sweaters, being quick to bemoan any damage that would inevitably befall one of his garish outfits.
After Night Court, Robinson starred in Love & War and later appeared in Ink, Malcolm & Eddie, Beowulf, Home Improvement, Buddy Faro, My Wife And Kids, Yes Dear, Home Improvement, How I Met Your Mother, The House Bunny, Still Standing, The Game, Hart Of Dixie, Key And Peele, The Guest Book, and Mom. He also played a fictionalized version of himself (and sort of reprised his role as Mac) in an episode of 30 Rock—specifically “The One With The Cast Of Night Court.”
Check out the reaction to his passing of Charlie Robinson on social media below.
Actor Charlie Robinson, best known for his role as Mac on the sitcom “Night Court,” has died at age 75. pic.twitter.com/CtwJTus5mV
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) July 13, 2021
Actor Charlie Robinson best known for playing Macintosh "Mac" Robinson on Night Court has passed away at the age of 75.
Rest in peace, Charlie Robinson#80s #1980s #CharlesRobinson #NightCourt #memories pic.twitter.com/I7FHH3HGKi
— Anthony White (@anthony64276718) July 13, 2021
Have I ever mentioned having a childhood crush on Charles Robinson (as Mac on Night Court, natch)? RIP to this talented man who could wear the hell out of a cardigan. pic.twitter.com/BBly5Y6wSK
— Mackenzie Walton (@mackenziewalton) July 13, 2021
We used to watch Night Court religiously growing up. It was my favorite I swear. Nerdishly we even made up words to the song. Feeling hard about the loss of Charlie Robinson tonight. pic.twitter.com/GqcmQnCdvL
— Chris Creamer (@CCXIII) July 13, 2021