Birthplace: Houston, Texas, U.S.
Charles "Charlie" Robinson (born November 9, 1945) is an American theater, television and film 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 has been Charlie Robinson, Night Court had credited him as "Charles Robinson" throughout his 1984-92 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 Charles Knox Robinson who, between 1958 and 1971, made numerous television and film appearances under the name Charles Robinson.
A native of Houston, 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." 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, 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 show 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 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. 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.
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 in 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.
He appeared in an Aspen Dental commercial in 2015 as the customer who coined the phrase, "I am not doin' that." This is in response to the receptionist telling him that he would have to drink his meals through a straw until his dentures were ready.
Robinson received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series.
|1974||Sugar Hill||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 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||Mac Robinson||TV series (Seasons 2-9)|
|1986||Hotel||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|
|2006||How I Met Your Mother||Bank President||TV series (1 episode)|
|2007-2014||The Game (U.S. TV series)||Mr. Pitts||TV series (4 episodes)|
|2008||30 Rock||Himself||"The One with the Cast of Night Court"|
|2015-2017||K.C. Undercover||Pops||TV series (3 episodes)|
|2015-2017||Mom||Mr. Munson||TV series (4 episodes)|
|2017||The Quad (2017 TV series)||Bradford||TV series (1 episode)|
|2017||The Guest Book||Wilfred||TV series|
|2017||Disjointed||Scooter Boots||TV series|