Butler-Turned-Governor-Turned-Baboon Voice-Turned TV Exec Robert Guillaume Has Died

Robert Guillaume

Robert Guillaume, center, seen receiving an Emmy award for his Benson character on the show Soap presented by Loni Anderson, left, and RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, left.

Los Angeles— Actor Robert Guillaume died at his home last Tuesday at the age of 89. He died from complications from prostate cancer, which he had been fighting for 25 years. 

Best known for his Emmy-award winning work playing Benson DuBois, first on “Soap” in the late 1970s, then on his own series, “Benson,” which ran from 1979 to 1986, Guillaume also appeared in such TV shows as “Sports Night,” and “The Robert Guillaume Show.” 

On the big screen, Guillaume was in such films as “Lean on Me,” “The Lion King” as the voice of Rafiki, “RECOiL” and “Big Fish.”

He is survived by his second wife, Donna, three daughters and one son. He had one other son who died in 1990.