The Tony Award-winning actor Roger Robinson, a veteran of phase, display screen and also tv productions, passed away last week in Escondido, The golden state at the age of 78. He succumbed to complications from heart difficulties.

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Robinson, who showed up in 6 of the late August Wilson"s 10 plays about the lives of African Americans throughout the 20th Century, won a 2009 Tony for a revival of "Joe Turner"s Come and Gone." Set in the 1910s, Wilsons" second play made its Broadway debut in 1988. Robinboy, who played Bynum Walker, received the Tony for Best Performance By a Featured Actor in a Play.

His first Tony nomicountry -- additionally for Best Performance By a Featured Actor in a Play -- was in 1996 for role as Hedley in one more Wilkid play, "Salso Guitars." 

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On tv, Robinchild had a recurring role as Detective Gil Weaver on the CBS detective series "Kojak" in between 1973 and 1976. He had played a various character in "The Marcus-Nelkid Murders," the 1973 TV-movie that presented Telly Savalas as NYPD detective Theo Kojack. The spelling was changed to Kojak as soon as Savalas -- a regular movie hefty -- started playing the dedicated cop in the series. 

"The Marcus-Nelson Murders" was a fictional account of a controversial rape and also murder case that arisen in New York in 1963. Primetime Emmys checked out director Joseph Sargent and writer Abby Mann, a 1961 Osautomobile winner for his "Judgment at Nuremberg" screenplay. Savalas later on won a 1974 Emmy for "Kojak" in the category of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

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Savalas (as Kojak) and also Robinson 

In current seasons of the ABC drama collection "How to Get Amethod with Murder," Robinson played Mac Harkness -- the estranged father of the high-powered attorney Annalise Keating (played by Emmy winner Viola Davis). 

He also co-starred through Oprah Winfrey in the 2017 HBO TV-movie "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," based upon the true story of a black womale whose cancer cells ended up being necessary to clinical study.

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Robinson"s film credits included: Believe in Me (1971, with Jacqueline Bisset), "Willie Dynamite" (1974, starring Roscoe Ormale and Diana Sands), Newman"s Law (1974, with George Peppard), Meteor (1979, which starred Sean Connery and Natalie Wood), It"s My Turn (1980, with Michael Douglas, Jill Clayburgh and Charles Grodin), The Lonely Guy (1984, starring Steve Martin and Grodin) and Brother to Brother (2004, through Anthony Mackie).