Born and raised in Huston, Texas, Charles Robinson wasted little time becoming an actor. He joined the famed Actors Studio in the 1960s, also kicking off a singing career with Archie Bell and the Drells, and later the Southern Clouds of Joy. Sometime after, he jumped to Studio 7 to hone his craft and get his run on the television scene started. He landed his first TV role in 1971 on “Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law,” and kept the momentum going with appearances on “Lou Grant,” “Flamingo Road,” and “Buffalo Bill.” Post-“Night Court,” he’d become a regular on “Love & War,” “Ink,” and even “Home Improvement” as Bud Harper. Recently, Robinson added the likes of “Mom” and “Love in the Time of Corona” to his already outstanding TV résumé.
As one would imagine, Charles Robinson didn’t restrict himself to television alone. His first credited work — 1971’s “Drive, He Said” from first-time director Jack Nicholson — was actually a cinematic effort, clearly giving the aspiring thespian a taste for the silver screen. Not long after, he landed spots on the cast lists of “Sugar Hill” and “The Black Gestapo,” which were later joined by “Set It Off,” “Mercy Street,” and “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,” among several others, in his rapidly expanding filmography. Robinson’s last film, “Underwater Upside Down,” is currently in post-production but lacks a concrete release date.
This is just a taste of what Charles Robinson had to offer the world as an entertainer during his 75 years of life, and it stands to reason that any project he attached his name to was better for it. There’s no denying that he and his work will endure for generations, and he will be greatly missed.