Robert Guillaume

American actor (1927-2017)

Robert Guillaume (born Robert Peter Williams; November 30, 1927 – October 24, 2017)[1] was an American actor. He is known for his role as Benson on the TV-series Soap and the spin-off Benson,[2] voicing the mandrill Rafiki in The Lion King[3] and as Isaac Jaffe on Sports Night.

Robert Guillaume
Robert Guillaume (1980).jpg
Guillaume in 1980
Robert Peter Williams

(1927-11-30)November 30, 1927
DiedOctober 24, 2017(2017-10-24) (aged 89)
Years active1959–2017
Spouse(s)Marlene Williams (div. 1983)
Donna Brown Guillaume (m. 1984–2005)

Guillaume died on October 24, 2017 at his home in Los Angeles, California from prostate cancer at the age of 89.[4]



  1. "The almanac". United Press International. 2008-11-30. Retrieved 2011-08-27.
  2. Richard Huff (1999-01-21). "Stroke Sidelines Guillaume". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2011-08-27.
  3. Jeremy Gerard (1994-06-12). "The Lion King". Variety. Retrieved 2011-08-27.
  4. "Robert Guillaume Emmy Winning for Soap actor dies at 89". San Francisco Gate. October 24, 2017. Archived from the original on October 25, 2017. Retrieved October 24, 2017.

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