RIP Hank Robinson
The Las Vegas Review-Journal ~
Henry F. "Hank" Robinson, 89, of Las Vegas, passed away April 7, 2012.
He was born March 27, 1923 in Covington, Tenn., and was a 23-year
resident of Nevada.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was a retired
actor-stuntman with hundreds of film and television credits from "The
Apple Dumpling Gang" through "Zapped" (see the International Movie
Database, IMDB, for details). His "umpire pickle" scene with Leslie
Nielsen in "The Naked Gun" is a cult favorite.  While best
remembered for his 'umpire and baseball coach' roles in over 350
projects, he was a great cowboy, too. From "Bonanza" through "Blazing
Saddles", he rode through the Hollywood "wild west". Television roles
included 24 episodes of "Mannix" through "Quantum Leap". He was the
"baseball consultant" on over 100 projects from "Fame" through "The
Wonder Years". He filmed over 210 national commercials.
A former pro-baseball player and manager for the New York Yankees, the
Pittsburg Pirates, and The Cincinnati Reds organizations (1942-57),
Hank had a career average of .301 and 1006 RBI's. He scouted and
coached young ballplayers in California and Nevada, developing their
skills. More than 250 signed pro-contracts, and hundreds more played
college and high school under his coaching. An avid golfer, he had
three hole-in-one's to his credit.
No services are scheduled.
A memorial baseball game is planned for June on Los Angeles.
He is survived by his wife, of 62 years, Mildred; daughters, Carin and
Debra; and son, Robbie; also, three grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations c/o Henry F. Robinson Memorial Fund may
be made at any Bank of America.
ROBINSON, Hank (Henry Ford Robinson)
Born: 3/27/1923, Covington, Tennessee
Died: 4/7/2012, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
Hank Robinson's westerns - actor:
Cat Ballou – 1965 (townsman)
The Big Valley (TV) – 1966, 1967 (white-haired dinner patron, juror)
Ride to Hangman’s Tree – 1967 (barfly)
Hang Em’High – 1968 (deputy)
Lancer (TV) – 1968 (deputy)
Bonanza (TV) – 1968, 1970 (juror, barfly)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975 (cowboy, payroll guard, barfly, white-haired man in bank, courtroom spectator, townsman, saloon brawler)
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys – 1969 (barfly)
Support Your Local Gunfighter – 1971 (townsman)
Alias Smith and Jones (TV) – 1971, 1972 (poker player, man watching poker game)
Blazing Saddles – 1974 (townsman)
The Apple Dumpling Gang – 1975 (barfly)
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again – 1979 (townsman)
The Frisco Kid – 1979 (Croupier)
Bret Maverick (TV) – 1981 (townsman)