‘Benson’ Actor Robert Guillaume Dead at 89
Veteran television actor Robert Guillaume has died after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 89.
Guillaume’s widow, Donna Brown Guillaume, confirmed the news to the Associated Press.
Adults remember Guillaume from his roles on “Benson,” and “Soap” while kids will forever known him as the voice of ‘Rafiki’ from Disney’s 1999 film, “The Lion King.”
Guillaume also made history in the theater realm, when he played Nathan Detroit in the first all-black production of Guys and Dolls. He also went on to play the first African-American Phantom of the Opera.
In 1999, Guillaume suffered a minor stroke in his dressing room for the ABC Aaron Sorkin series “Sports Night.” After weeks of recovery, the actor soon found his way back to a sense of normalcy and work.
Guillaume would have been 90-years-old on Nov. 30.