Viola Davis mourns death of 'How To Get Away With Murder' co-star Roger Robinson: "You are my heart! RIP"
Veteran actor Roger Robinson, who was honored with a Tony Award in 2009 for best performance by a featured actor in a play for the revival of Joe Turner's 'Come and Gone,' has passed away at the age of 78. The news of his death was reported by The Hollywood Reporter on Friday.
According to the site, the actor - known for his performance in films like 'Believe in Me,' 1974's 'Willie Dynamite,' 'Newman's Law,' 1979's 'Meteor,' and 'Brother to Brother' - was battling health woes. On Wednesday, September 26, Robinson breathed his last, after suffering from complications from a heart condition in Escondido, California. The tragic news was confirmed by Ebony Repertory Theatre.
In his lifetime, Robinson has made multiple noteworthy appearances across various mediums, beginning on the Broadway (in 1969 with 'Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?') and then eventually moving on to the small screen, to be followed by his stint in the films.
We will always remember the greatly talented Roger Robinson and his indelible Tony-winning performance in JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE. pic.twitter.com/AJ5OOdpYjr— LincolnCenterTheater (@LCTheater) September 27, 2018
Amongst his many Broadway credits, some of the most notable ones include, 'Ain't Suppose to Die a Natural Death,' 'The Amen Corner,' 'The Iceman Cometh, 'Drowning Crow,' 'The Miser,' and 'Seven Guitars.' However, it wasn't until 2009, when the actor played Bynum Walker in the adaptations of 'Come and Gone,' that he picked his first Tony award.
On the television side too, Robinson has several prominent and recurring roles to his credit. Whether it is his performance in the television miniseries King, The Marcus-Nelson Murders - the CBS pilot for 'Kojak' - or his recurring appearances in series like 'Starsky and Hutch', 'The Jeffersons', 'Law & Order', 'Homicide: Life on the Street', 'ER', 'NYPD Blue', Robinson's contribution in showbiz is undoubtedly memorable.
Most recently seen in popular drama 'How to Get Away with Murder,' the late actor is survived by his sister Tina Robinson. His life would be celebrated in impending events supposed to take place in Los Angeles and New York.
Since the news of his sad demise, many A-listers, including 'How To Get Away With Murder' actress Viola Davis, has shared their grief on social media. "I love you #RogerRobinson. Annalise's daddy but Viola's friend. You are my heart!!! Love, love you!! RIP," Davis wrote.
I worked with Roger Robinson at the O'Neill Center in the late 60s and then in LA in 2015. He was a great actor and a splendid man. RIP, Roger. https://t.co/GuE5zT9Pdl— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) September 27, 2018
I love you #RogerRobinson. Annalise's daddy but Viola's friend. You are my heart!!! Love, love you!! RIP pic.twitter.com/zgliWJc1AG— Viola Davis (@violadavis) September 28, 2018
We lost another great one today.... I can’t even process it yet. Roger Robinson, far left, was a gem of an actor, and a gem of a friend. I loved him. He made me laugh every time I was in… https://t.co/ZyG4FwUMAc— Tracie Thoms (@traciethoms) September 27, 2018