(AP) — Charlie Robinson
, the versatile and prolific actor whose many credits ranged from stage productions of "Driving
Miss Daisy" and "Fences" to films like "Secret Santa" and "Miss Lettie and Me" to his long-running role as court clerk Mac Robinson in the sitcom "Night Court
," has died at the age of 75.
According to his manager, Lisa DiSante-Frank, Robinson died on Sunday at the Ronald Reagan
UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles from cardiac arrest
with multisystem organ failures caused by septic shock and metastatic adenocarcinoma.
“Charlie Robinson was the love of my life, husband, father
, grandfather, and great grandfather,” his wife
, fellow actor Dolorita Noonan-Robinson, said in a statement
. “He was truly the working actor’s actor, and of all his passions, his craft took center stage, with his family
being the wind beneath his wings, allowing him to soar to unbelievable heights!”
Charlie Robinson was a Houston
native who sang with a local group that later became nationally known, Archie
Bell and the Drells, when he was in his teens
. His acting career began in the late 1960s when he joined the Houston-based school
Studio 7. He made his film debut with a brief role in “Drive, He Said,” a 1971 release directed by Jack Nicholson, and worked steadily over the next 50 years.
He recently appeared in the teleplay "Some Old Black
Man" and the stage play "The Last Romance," both of which he co-starred with Michael Learned.