Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Acclaimed actor #RobertGuillaume DEAD at 89! [details]



Sad news to report from THE INDUSTRY. Robert Guillaume, who won Emmy Awards for his roles on “Soap” and “Benson,” has died at age 89.



Guillaume’s widow Donna Brown Guillaume says the actor and singer died Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. She tells The Associated Press he had been battling prostate cancer. In addition to his television work, Robert Guillaume was the first African-American to sing the title role of “Phantom of the Opera,” appearing with an all-white cast in Los Angeles.

Guillaume rose to stardom after being born into squalid conditions in the slums of St. Louis in November 1927. He was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame in 1999.

He was nominated for a Tony Award in 1977 for his role in the first all-black version of “Guys and Dolls.”

His wife Donna Guillaume told CNN he had battled prostate cancer in recent years.
"He kinda went the way everyone wishes they could, surrounded by love and in his sleep," Guillaume said.
She added that her husband really loved making music, entertaining and making people laugh. He treasured his role as Rafiki in Disney's 1994 animated film "The Lion King," she said.

Guillaume starred as the level-headed butler Benson DuBois on the sitcom "Benson" from 1979 - 1986. He won the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a comedy for his performance in the role in 1985. Dozens of TV roles followed, including turns on "A Different World" and "Sports Night."
Guillaume is survived by four children, all of whom had spent time visiting with their father in his final weeks, Donna Guillaume said.
"He was a good father and a good husband. He was a great, great person," she said.
R.I.P.


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