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Title: RIP Robert Guillaume
Post by: sprite75 on October 24, 2017, 10:57:01 PM
RIP Benson (

Robert Guillaume, who rose from squalid beginnings in St. Louis slums to become a star in stage musicals and win Emmy Awards for his portrayal of the sharp-tongued butler in the TV sitcoms “Soap” and “Benson,” has died at age 89.

Guillaume died at home Tuesday in Los Angeles, according to his widow, Donna Brown Guillaume. He had been battling prostate cancer, she told The Associated Press.

Among Guillaume’s achievements was playing Nathan Detroit in the first all-black version of “Guys and Dolls,” earning him a Tony nomination in 1977. He became the first African-American to sing the title role of “Phantom of the Opera,” in a Los Angeles-based production, and was the voice of the shaman-slash-mandrill Rafiki in the film version of “The Lion King.”

“Robert was a lovely man who we brought in for one interpretation of Rafiki and who then completely reinvented it working in the studio. His passion and dedication and willingness to keep working created an indelible Disney character for the ages,” Thomas Schumacher, president and producer of Disney Theatrical Productions, said in a statement.

Title: Re: RIP Robert Guillaume
Post by: Trevor on October 25, 2017, 02:29:34 AM
Sad news: RIP Mr G.

Title: Re: RIP Robert Guillaume
Post by: Rev. Powell on October 25, 2017, 03:49:41 PM
Benson was a great character, but I loved him more in "Sports Night."

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Title: Re: RIP Robert Guillaume
Post by: javakoala on October 25, 2017, 05:03:24 PM
I had no idea he was that old.

Rest well, good sir.