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Actor Robert Guillaume died at the age of 89 Tuesday, Oct.24 at his home in L.A. According to his wife, Donna, the cause of death was due to the actor’s complications of prostate cancer.
Guillaume is most known for his hit ABC TV show, “Benson” in the 80s’.
He won the Emmy for lead actor in a comedy for his character Benson DuBois. “Benson” was a spin-off from the show “Soap.” Guillaume won a supporting actor Emmy award for “Soap.”
Guillaume was also the voice of Rafiki for Disney’s “The Lion King.”
Through the course of the actor’s career, he broke racial stereotypes in television and theater. Guillaume earned a Tony nomination in 1977 for “Guys and Dolls,” and he was the first African-American to play the title role in the legendary “Phantom of the Opera.”
Rest In Peace Robert Guillaume!