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November 30, 1927
|Place of birth||
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
October 24, 2017
|Place of death||
Los Angeles, California
- "We gave our casting agents short character profiles for each role, including the names of a couple of actors as an example of what kind of voice/personality we were looking for. In Eli Vance's profile, we listed Robert Guillaume as an example of the kind of actor we were looking for. It never occured to us that we might actually get Robert Guillaume himself to do the part - we were thrilled when he accepted."
- ― Bill Van Buren[src]
Guillaume was born Robert Williams in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He had appeared in a number of films, including Seems Like Old Times, Lean on Me, and Meteor Man. He was best known for his role as Benson Du Bois on the TV-series Soap and the spin-off Benson, as well as for voicing the mandrill Rafiki in the movie The Lion King
After battling prostate cancer for several years, Guillaume died at his home in Los Angeles on October 24, 2017.
- Robert Guillaume, 'Benson' star, dies at 89 on CNN.com - October 24, 2017