Charles Robinson
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Charles Robinson played the role of Court Clerk Mac Robinson on "Night Court".
General Actor Information
Gender: Male
Born: (1945-11-09) November 9, 1945 (age 73)
Birthplace Houston Texas, U.S.
Appearances/Series information
Appeared on: Night Court
Appears as: Mac Robinson
Charles "Charlie" Robinson (born November 9, 1945) was cast as court clerk Mac Robinson on Night Court, after the first season in 1984, when Karen Austin, who played the original court clerk, Lana Wagner, left the cast. Charles played the role on Night Court from 1984 until its end in 1992. He also directed three episodes of the series.


Charles, who 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 R&B/doo-wop group Archie Bell and the Drells, and later with a group called Southern Clouds of Joy.

Robinson's credits include appearances in the 1975 blaxplotation flick Black Gestapo,, and the 2008 Denzel Washington film Antwone Fisher, and TV series guest appearances in The White Shadow, Flamingo Road, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,and Touched by an Angel. Robinson was cast in the role on Newdell in the NBC-TV comedy series Buffalo Bill, which starred Dabney Coleman.

Not the hit that NBC executives expected to be, Buffalo Bill was canceled after one season and replaced by Night Court, which assumed its time slot, and on which he appeared in the role of court clerk Macintosh "Mac" Robinson when he joined the cast in Season 2 and which he continued to appear in for the remainder of the show's network run.

Charles played recurrent character Bud Harper on the ABC-TV sitcom series Home Improvement, and continues to appear on shows including House, The Bernie Mac Show, My Wife and Kids, Soul Food, Charmed, How I Met Your Mother and My Name Is Earl.

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