Charlie Robinson, who was well-known for his role in Night Court, has sadly died at age seventy-five.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor suffered from cardiac arrest on Sunday at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after multisystem organ failures due to septic shock and metastatic adenocarcinoma.
Robinson was born in Houston, Texas, on November 9th, 1945.
He began his stage and screen career in the 1960s, spending a brief time at a Houston-based acting school. After this, he enrolled in the Actors Studio in Manhattan, which fostered many legendary talents, before he moved to Hollywood to try out for bigger roles.
Some of his big-screen appearances included Antwone Fisher, Denzel Washington's feature directorial debut, and The House Bunny.
He later reunited with his co-star Anna Faris for Mom, which also starred Allison Janney.
Robinson was honored throughout his career with multiple awards, including Best Actor honors from the Image Theatre Awards and the FRED Awards for playing Simon in The Whipping Man.
He also won a Best Actor Ovation Award for playing the lead in a 2008 production of August Wilson's classic play Fences. His career spanned over 5 decades, in which he featured in some huge roles in movies and the theater, though he was best known for his television work.
Robinson was best known as the court clerk Macintosh 'Mac' Robinson on NBC's Night Court from 1985 until 1992, who replaced another clerk played by Karen Austin in the first season of the show.
His character was a Vietnam veteran and the sitcom focused on the staff working the nightshift at a Manhattan court and also starred Harry Anderson and John Larroquette.
Robinson's first TV role was in 1971 with the drama Owen Marshall, Counselor At Law. He also appeared in Jack Nicholson's directorial debut Drive, in the same year.
More well-known television credits included Buffalo Bill, The Guestbook, Home Improvement, Hart Of Dixie, Love & War, and NCIS.
He was also featured on seven episodes of the CBS sitcom Mom, with his final appearance in 2019.
His most recent television work included the Freeform miniseries Love In The Time of Corona, which came out this year.
In 2018, he appeared on stage in playwright James Anthony Tyler's Some Old Black Man opposite The Wire's Wendell Pierce.
Fans flooded social media with comments about the star...
"When I was really really little, I would stay up w my dad to watch Night Court, WKRP in Cincinnati, and LOVED Benson." One Twitter user commented.
Another wrote: "RIP. He was so charismatic on Night Court. Kept that judge and staff in check."
He's survived by his wife Dolorita and his children Byron, Charlie, Christian, and Luca, as well as his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.