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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 The Lion King (1994), Sports Night (1998) 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 »

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The Lion King
The Lion King Rafiki
Sports Night
Sports Night Isaac Jaffe
Big Fish
Big Fish Dr. Bennett - Senior
Benson Benson DuBois


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 2013 Off the Beach (Short)
Dr. Black
 2013 Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious (TV Series)
 2012 Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom (Video Game)
Rafiki (voice)
 2012 Columbus Circle
Howard Miles
 2011 Satin
Doc Bishop
 2008 Storyline Online (TV Series)
 2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
Sonny Bridges
 2008 The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry
Mr. Barnes
 2007 Half-Life 2: Episode Two (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 Rafiki's Challenge (Video Game)
Rafiki (voice)
 2004 Century City (TV Series)
 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
 2002 The Proud Family (TV Series)
Dr. Parker
 2002 13th Child
 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)
 1995-2000 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV Series)
 1998-2000 Sports Night (TV Series)
Isaac Jaffe
 1999 Silicon Towers
Detective Green
 1995-1999 Timon & Pumbaa (TV Series)
 1998 The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride (Video)
Rafiki (voice)
 1998 His Bodyguard (TV Movie)
 1998 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Mr. Brown
 1998 The Easter Story Keepers (Video) (singing voice)
 1997 Metropolitan Hospital (TV Movie)
 1997 Merry Christmas, George Bailey (TV Movie)
Mr. Gower
 1997 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Judge Dawes
 1997 Goode Behavior (TV Series)
Dr. Baxter
 1996 Alchemy (TV Movie)
 1996 Crystal Cave (TV Movie)
 1996 Promised Land (TV Series)
Martin Woolridge
 1996 Sparks (TV Series)
Professor Bernard Slater
 1996 Pandora's Clock (TV Mini-Series)
Ambassador Lee Lancaster
 1996 Panic in the Skies (TV Movie)
Rob Barnes
 1996 First Kid
 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)
 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 Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV Series)
Pete Fletcher
 1994 Captain Planet and the Planeteers (TV Series)
 1994 The Lion King
Rafiki (voice)
 1994 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Eugene Sayers
 1993 Saved by the Bell: The College Years (TV Series)
Dr. Arthur Hemmings
 1993 Diagnosis Murder (TV Series)
Father Morrissey
 1993 The Addams Family (TV Series)
Mr. Corblarb
 1993 The Meteor Man
Ted Reed, Jeff's Father
 1991-1992 Pacific Station (TV Series)
Det. Bob Ballard
 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
 1992 Driving Miss Daisy (TV Movie)
Hoke Colburn
 1992 Jack's Place (TV Series)
Ted Sill
 1992 Fish Police (TV Series)
Det. Catfish
 1992 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Edward Rollins
 1992 Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story (TV Movie)
Police Commissioner (uncredited)
 1990 Death Warrant
 1989 Sister Kate (TV Series)
 1989 Fire and Rain (TV Movie)
 1989 The Robert Guillaume Show (TV Series)
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
 1987 They Still Call Me Bruce
V.A. Officer
 1987 Wanted: Dead or Alive
Philmore Walker
 1986 Hotel (TV Series)
Frank Stoner
 1986 John Grin's Christmas (TV Movie)
John Grin
 1979-1986 Benson (TV Series)
Benson DuBois
 1985 North and South (TV Series)
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)
 1981 Purlie (TV Movie)
Purlie Victorious Judson
 1980-1981 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Frank Belloque / Allan Curtis
 1980 Seems Like Old Times
 1977-1980 Soap (TV Series)
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
 1975 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
Charles Thompson
 1975 All in the Family (TV Series)
Dr. Franklin
 1975 Sanford and Son (TV Series)
Albert Brock
 1973 Super Fly T.N.T.
Jordan Gaines
 1970 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Aaron Carothers
 1969 Julia (TV Series)
Robert Barron
 1966 Porgy in Wien (TV Movie)
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Other Works:

TV commercial for Philip's Milk of Magnesia. See more »

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4 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Bob Guillaume


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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. See more »


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