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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 30 November 1927St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Birth NameRobert Peter Williams
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Robert Guillaume was born on November 30, 1927 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Robert Peter Williams. He is an actor, known for Benson (1979), The Lion King (1994) and Big Fish (2003). He has been married to Donna Brown Guillaume since 1986. They have one child. He was previously married to Marlene Williams.

Spouse (2)

Donna Brown Guillaume (1986 - present) (1 child)
Marlene Williams (1955 - 21 December 1984) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Gravelly, gregarious voice.

Trivia (19)

There was some controversy when he replaced the original Phantom (Michael Crawford) in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "The Phantom of the Opera". Some tickets were returned to protest his selection as lead actor even before his first performance. His run was none the less popular with audiences and critics.
Guillaume's stroke was paralleled in his TV series where his character, boss "Isaac Jaffe" also was shown to have suffered a stroke, and where he was also shown to be missed and idolized by his TV-staff colleagues.
Suffered a mild stroke on the set of his TV series Sports Night (1998). [January 1999]
One son died of AIDS in 1990 at age 32.
Daughter, Rachel, born 1990
Was once engaged to actress Fay Hauser.
Father of Kevin Guillaume
Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 198. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
Was nominated for Broadway's 1977 Tony Award a Best Actor (Musical) for a revival of "Guys and Dolls".
Guillaume was born as Robert Peter Williams (Guillaume is the French translation of William).
He was the producers first choice for the role of Tuvok on Star Trek: Voyager. The role eventually went to Tim Russ.
Along with James Garner, he was among the original cast for "The Powers That Be" (1992) in the TV Guide Fall Preview.
He was nominated for a 1976 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "Benito Cereno" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
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.
Remains good friends with Missy Gold during and after Benson (1979).
Best known by the public for his starring role as the title character in Benson (1979).
Is the first African-American actor to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. As of 2013, he is the only African-American to win that award.
Acting mentor and friends of Missy Gold and Ethan Phillips.

Salary (1)

Benson (1979) $20,000 per 1/2 hour episode

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