Tony-Winning Actor Roger Robinson Dies at 78

Roger Robinson, the veteran character actor who won a Tony Award, starred in such films as Brother to Brother and had recurring roles on Kojak and How to Get Away With Murder, has died. He was 78.

Robinson died Wednesday in Escondido, California, of complications from a heart condition, Ebony Repertory Theatre producing artistic director Wren T. Brown announced.

In last year’s HBO telefilm The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Robinson portrayed Day Lacks, the first cousin and father of Henrietta’s (Renee Elise Goldsberry) children. And on ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder, he played Mac Harkness, the father of Viola Davis’ Annalise Keating.

In 2009, Robinson received his Tony for best performance by a featured actor in a play for his portrayal of Bynum Walker in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.

Thirteen years earlier, he was nominated in the same category for playing Hedley in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars, and he starred as Becker in a Royal National Theatre production of the playwright’s Jitney that won an Olivier Award.

Early in his career, Robinson portrayed the young detective Gil Weaver on Telly Savalas’ Kojak for three seasons of the 1970s CBS cop drama.

A former Universal Studios contract player, he guest-starred on such shows as Ironside, Starsky and Hutch, The Jeffersons, A Man Called Hawk, Law & Order, New York Undercover, Homicide: Life on the Street, ER, NYPD Blue, Rubicon, Kate Brasher and Elementary.

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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter, Mike Barnes

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