Sad news today as it has been announced that Charles Robinson, who played court clerk Mac Robinson in classic sitcom Night Court, has died at the age of 75. According to The Wrap, the actor passed away at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center from cardiac arrest with multi-system organ failures due to septic shock and metastatic adenocarcinoma.
After original court clerk Karen Austin left Night Court after the first season, Charles Robinson stepped in to play Mac, the amiable Vietnam veteran rarely seen without his plaid shirt and cardigan, and more than capable of tossing a few well-placed zingers around. Robinson also directed three episodes of Night Court over the course of the series, and appeared in movies such as Sugar Hill, The Black Gestapo, Apocalypse Now, The River, Set It Off, Antwone Fisher, The House Bunny, and more. The actor was also appeared in episodes of TV shows like Roots: The Next Generations, Hill Street Blues, Buffalo Bill, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Love & War, Home Improvement, Buddy Faro, Carnivale, Charmed, House, Cold Case, How I Met Your Mother, My Name is Earl, 30 Rock, Big Love, Hart of Dixie, Key & Peele, Grey’s Anatomy, This is Us, Mom, Love in the Time of Corona, and much more.
A revival of Night Court is currently in the works, with John Larroquette slated to return as Dan Fielding. The Big Bang Theory‘s Melissa Rauch will star as Judge Abby Stone, the daughter of Harry Stone, played by the late, great Harry Anderson. As the revival will doubtlessly pay tribute to Anderson, it would be lovely if they were able to pay tribute to Charles Robinson as well. He will be missed.