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Charlie Robinson (1945–2021), starred as Mac on “Night Court”

by Linnea Crowther

Charlie Robinson was an actor best known for starring as Mac, the clerk of the court on the 1980s and ‘90s sitcom “Night Court.”

Acting career

Robinson’s “Night Court” character, Mac, was known for his level-headedness in a court filled with wacky antics – and for his regular outfit of a plaid shirt with a cardigan and necktie. Before taking his most famous role on “Night Court,” Robinson co-starred on the 1983 sitcom “Buffalo Bill” as well as appearing in movies including “Sugar Hill” (1974) and “Gray Lady Down” (1978). After “Night Court,” he had roles on TV in sitcoms including “Love & War,” “Home Improvement,” “Hart of Dixie,” and “Mom.” Robinson also made many guest appearances on shows including “Hill Street Blues,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “How I Met Your Mother,” and “30 Rock.” Robinson was also a stage actor who starred in productions of “Fences,” “The Whipping Man,” and “Death of a Salesman.”

Robinson on fan reactions to Mac

“Most of the people really like Mac, you know, because Mac kind of kept the lid over the pot, so to speak. They seem to really like the character a lot.” —from a 2009 interview at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences event “Funnybone of the ’80s”

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Tributes to Charlie Robinson

Full obituary: USA Today

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