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Robert Guillaume (1927–2017)


Robert Guillaume was born on November 30, 1927 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Robert Peter Williams. He was an actor, known for Benson (1979), The Lion King (1994) and Big Fish (2003). He was married to Donna Brown Guillaume and Marlene Patricia Scott. He died on October 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Benson
Benson Benson DuBois
(1979-1986)
The Lion King
The Lion King Rafiki
(1994)
Big Fish
Big Fish Dr. Bennett - Senior
(2003)
Half-Life 2
Half-Life 2 Dr. Eli Vance
(2004)

Filmography

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 2013 Off the Beach (Short)
Dr. Black
 2013 Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious (TV Series)
Historian
 2012 Columbus Circle
Howard Miles
 2012 Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom (Video Game)
Rafiki (voice)
 2011 Satin
Doc Bishop
 2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
Sonny Bridges
- Young Man with a Horn (2008) ... Sonny Bridges
 2008 The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry
Mr. Barnes
 2008 Storyline Online (TV Series)
- Guji Guji (2008)
 2007 Half-Life 2: Episode Two (Video Game)
Dr. Eli Vance (voice)
 2007 The Orange Box (Video Game)
Dr. Eli Vance (voice)
 2007 Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+ (Video Game)
Rafiki (English version, voice)
 2006 Half-Life 2: Episode One (Video Game)
Dr. Eli Vance (voice)
 2005 Kingdom Hearts II (Video Game)
Rafiki (English version, voice)
 2004 Half-Life 2 (Video Game)
Dr. Eli Vance (voice)
 2004 Century City (TV Series)
Judge
- To Know Her (2004) ... Judge
 2004 Timon & Pumbaa Virtual Safari 1.5 (Video Game)
Rafiki (voice)
 2004 The Lion King 1 1/2 (Video)
Rafiki (voice)
 2003 Big Fish
Dr. Bennett - Senior
 2003 Extreme Skate Adventure (Video Game)
Rafiki (voice)
 2003 8 Simple Rules (TV Series)
Cody Grant
- Every Picture Tells a Story (2003) ... Cody Grant
 2002 The Proud Family (TV Series)
Dr. Parker
- Behind Family Lines (2002) ... Dr. Parker (voice)
 2002 13th Child
Riley
 2002 The Adventures of Tom Thumb & Thumbelina (Video)
Ben (voice)
 2001 The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze (Video)
Mr. Thicknose (voice)
 2000 The Lion King: Simba's Mighty Adventure (Video Game)
Rafiki (voice)
 2000 Moesha (TV Series)
Arthur
- All This, and Turkey Too (2000) ... Arthur
 1995-2000 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV Series)
Narrator
- Aesop's Fables: A Whodunnit Musical (2000) ... Narrator (voice)
- The Steadfast Tin Soldier (2000) ... Narrator (voice)
- The Snow Queen (2000) ... Narrator (voice)
- Robinita Hood (2000) ... Narrator (voice)
- Rip Van Winkle (2000) ... Narrator (voice)
 1998-2000 Sports Night (TV Series)
Isaac Jaffe
- Quo Vadimus (2000) ... Isaac Jaffe
- La Forza Del Destino (2000) ... Isaac Jaffe
- Bells and a Siren (2000) ... Isaac Jaffe
- April Is the Cruelest Month (2000) ... Isaac Jaffe
 1999 Silicon Towers
Detective Green
 1995-1999 Timon & Pumbaa (TV Series)
Rafiki
- Timon in Love/Kahuna Potato (1999) ... Rafiki (voice)
- Timoncchio/Ghost Boosters (1999) ... Rafiki (voice)
- The Running of the Bullies/Special Defects (1999) ... Rafiki (voice)
- Escape from Newark/Truth Be Told (1999) ... Rafiki (voice)
- Once Upon a Timon (1996) ... Rafiki (voice)
 1998 The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride (Video)
Rafiki (voice)
 1998 His Bodyguard (TV Movie)
Garrett
 1998 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Mr. Brown
- Monster (1998) ... Mr. Brown
 1998 The Easter Story Keepers (Video) (singing voice)
 1997 Merry Christmas, George Bailey (TV Movie)
Mr. Gower
 1997 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Judge Dawes
- Jones vs. God (1997) ... Judge Dawes
 1997 Goode Behavior (TV Series)
Dr. Baxter
- Goode Daddy (1997) ... Dr. Baxter
 1996 Alchemy (TV Movie)
Merlin
 1996 Crystal Cave (TV Movie)
Merlin
 1996 Promised Land (TV Series)
Martin Woolridge
- Christmas (1996) ... Martin Woolridge
 1996 Sparks (TV Series)
Professor Bernard Slater
- Porky's Revenge (1996) ... Professor Bernard Slater
 1996 Pandora's Clock (TV Mini-Series)
Ambassador Lee Lancaster
- Episode #1.2 (1996) ... Ambassador Lee Lancaster
- Episode #1.1 (1996) ... Ambassador Lee Lancaster
 1996 Panic in the Skies! (TV Movie)
Rob Barnes
 1996 First Kid
Wilkes
 1996 Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story (TV Movie)
Reverend Devers
 1996 Spy Hard
Agent Steve Bishop
 1995 Children of the Dust (TV Mini-Series)
Mossburger
- Episode #1.2 (1995) ... Mossburger
- Episode #1.1 (1995) ... Mossburger
 1994 Cosmic Slop (TV Movie)
Gleason Golightly (segment "Space Traders")
 1994 Animated StoryBook: The Lion King (Video Game)
Rafiki (voice)
 1994 Greyhounds (TV Movie)
Robert Smith
 1994 The Lion King
Rafiki (voice)
 1994 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV Series)
Pete Fletcher
- You'd Better Shop Around (1994) ... Pete Fletcher
 1994 Captain Planet and the Planeteers (TV Series)
Citizen
- Bug Off (1994) ... Citizen (voice)
 1994 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Eugene Sayers
- Who Killed the Fashion King? (1994) ... Eugene Sayers
 1993 Saved by the Bell: The College Years (TV Series)
Dr. Arthur Hemmings
- A Question of Ethics (1993) ... Dr. Arthur Hemmings
 1993 Diagnosis Murder (TV Series)
Father Morrissey
- Miracle Cure (1993) ... Father Morrissey
 1993 The Addams Family (TV Series)
Mr. Corblarb
- Color Me Addams (1993) ... Mr. Corblarb (voice)
 1993 The Meteor Man
Ted Reed, Jeff's Father
 1992 You Must Remember This (TV Movie)
Uncle Buddy
 1992 Mastergate (TV Movie)
Sydley Sellers
 1991-1992 A Different World (TV Series)
Dean Winston / Prof. Murphy
- Really Gross Anatomy (1992) ... Prof. Murphy
- To Be Continued (1991) ... Dean Winston
- Never Can Say Goodbye (1991) ... Dean Winston
 1992 Driving Miss Daisy (TV Movie)
Hoke Colburn
 1992 Jack's Place (TV Series)
Ted Sill
- Romance Takes a Curtain Call (1992) ... Ted Sill
 1992 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Edward Rollins
- Diet, Diet My Darling (1992) ... Edward Rollins
 1992 Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story (TV Movie)
Police Commissioner (uncredited)
 1992 Fish Police (TV Series)
Det. Catfish
- The Two Gils (1992) ... Det. Catfish (voice)
- The Codfather (1992) ... Det. Catfish (voice)
- No Way to Treat a Fillet-dy (1992) ... Det. Catfish (voice)
- Beauty's Only Fin Deep (1992) ... Det. Catfish (voice)
- A Fish Out of Water (1992) ... Det. Catfish (voice)
 1991-1992 Pacific Station (TV Series)
Det. Bob Ballard
- The Last Angry Detective (1992) ... Det. Bob Ballard
- One for the Road (1992) ... Det. Bob Ballard
- Whose Dad Is It Anyway? (1992) ... Det. Bob Ballard
- My Favorite Dad (1992) ... Det. Bob Ballard
- Operation! (1991) ... Det. Bob Ballard
 1990 Death Warrant
Hawkins
 1989 Fire and Rain (TV Movie)
Carter
 1989 The Robert Guillaume Show (TV Series)
Edward Sawyer
- A Piece of the Rock (1989) ... Edward Sawyer
- The Day After the Night Before (1989) ... Edward Sawyer
- First Date (1989) ... Edward Sawyer
- You Win Some, You Lose Some (1989) ... Edward Sawyer
- They're Here (1989) ... Edward Sawyer
 1989 The Penthouse (TV Movie)
Eugene St. Clair
 1989 Lean on Me
Dr. Frank Napier
 1987 Crossbow (TV Series)
Nolan Ben Sunniman Al Hedrem
- The Moor: Part 2 (1987) ... Nolan Ben Sunniman Al Hedrem
- The Moor: Part 1 (1987) ... Nolan Ben Sunniman Al Hedrem
 1987 They Still Call Me Bruce
V.A. Officer
 1987 Wanted: Dead or Alive
Philmore Walker
 1986 Hotel (TV Series)
Frank Stoner
- Shadow Play (1986) ... Frank Stoner
 1986 John Grin's Christmas (TV Movie)
John Grin
 1979-1986 Benson (TV Series)
Benson DuBois
- And the Winner Is... (1986) ... Benson DuBois
- Friends and Enemies (1986) ... Benson DuBois
- Three on a Mismatch (1986) ... Benson DuBois
- Hi, Society (1986) ... Benson DuBois
- Pardon Me (1986) ... Benson DuBois
 1985 North and South (TV Mini-Series)
Frederick Douglass
- Episode #1.6 (1985) ... Frederick Douglass (credit only)
- Episode #1.5 (1985) ... Frederick Douglass (credit only)
- Episode #1.4 (1985) ... Frederick Douglass (credit only)
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... Frederick Douglass
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Frederick Douglass
 1984 Prince Jack
Martin Luther King
 1983 The Kid with the 200 I.Q. (TV Movie)
Professor Mills
 1982 The Kid with the Broken Halo (TV Movie)
Blake
 1981 Purlie (TV Movie)
Purlie Victorious Judson
 1980 Seems Like Old Times
Fred
 1977-1980 Soap (TV Series)
Benson DuBois
- Episode #3.22 (1980) ... Benson DuBois
- Episode #3.3 (1979) ... Benson DuBois
- Episode #3.2 (1979) ... Benson DuBois
- Episode #3.1 (1979) ... Benson DuBois
- Episode #3.0 (1979) ... Benson DuBois
 1980 Bob Hope in the Starmakers (TV Movie)
The Singer
 1979 The Kid from Left Field (TV Movie)
Larry Cooper
 1977 Good Times (TV Series)
Fishbone - Theodopius P. Johnson
- Requiem for a Wino (1977) ... Fishbone - Theodopius P. Johnson
 1975 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
Charles Thompson
- George Won't Talk (1975) ... Charles Thompson
 1975 All in the Family (TV Series)
Dr. Franklin
- Chain Letter (1975) ... Dr. Franklin
 1975 Sanford and Son (TV Series)
Albert Brock
- Steinberg and Son (1975) ... Albert Brock
 1973 Super Fly T.N.T.
Jordan Gaines
 1970 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Aaron Carothers
- The Soft Phrase of Peace (1970) ... Aaron Carothers (as Bob Guillaume)
 1969 Julia (TV Series)
Robert Barron
- The Wheel Deal (1969) ... Robert Barron
 1966 Porgy in Wien (TV Movie)
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Other Works:

Finian's Rainbow (1960). Musical (revival). Based on material by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy. Musical Director: Max Meth. Choreographed by Herbert Ross. Directed by Herbert Ross. 46th Street Theatre: 23 May 1960- 1 Jun 1960 (unknown performances). Cast: Anita Alvarez (as "Susan Mahoney"), Carol Brice (as "Maude"), Jeannie Carson... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Bob Guillaume

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Trivia:

He was nominated for a 1977 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for his performance in "Don Juan" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. See more »

Trademark:

Gravelly gregarious voice.

Nickname:

Bob

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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