Robert Guillaume

Robert Guillaume

American, Actor
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Robert Guillaume

Robert Guillaume (born Robert Peter Williams; November 30, 1927 – October 24, 2017) was an American actor and singer, known for his role as Benson DuBois in the television series Soap and its spin-off Benson, as well as for voicing the mandrill Rafiki in The Lion King and related media thereof. In a career that spanned more than 50 years he worked extensively on stage, television and film. For his efforts he was nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, and twice won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of the character Benson DuBois, once in 1979 on Soap and in 1985 on Benson. He also won a Grammy Award in 1995 for his spoken word performance of an audiobook version of The Lion King.

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Full name at birth
Robert Peter Williams
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Benson
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Date of birth
30 November 1927
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Place of birth
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
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Date of death
24 October 2017
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Age
89 (age at death)
Place of death
Los Angeles, California, USA
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Cause of death
Complications From Prostate Cancer
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Actor, singer
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5' 10" (178 cm)
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Gravelly gregarious voice
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Net worth
$5,000,000 USD
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  • Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 198. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
  • Along with James Garner, he was among the original cast for "The Powers That Be" (1992) in the TV Guide Fall Preview.
  • He was the producers first choice for the role of Tuvok on Star Trek: Voyager. The role eventually went to Tim Russ.
  • Was nominated for Broadway`s 1977 Tony Award a Best Actor (Musical) for a revival of "Guys and Dolls.
  • Guillaume was born as Robert P. Williams (Guillaume is the French translation of William).

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