Robert Guillaume (1927–2017)


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Robert Peter Williams Guillaume was an African-American actor from St. Louis, Missouri who was known for playing Rafiki from The Lion King, Benson DuBois from Soap and Benson and Nathan Detroit from Guys and Dolls. He had five children from two marriages. He passed away in October 24, 2017 due to prostate cancer complications. See full bio »

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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

Benson Benson DuBois
(1979-1986)
The Lion King Rafiki
(1994)
Sports Night Isaac Jaffe
(1998-2000)
Big Fish Dr. Bennett (senior)
(2003)

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
 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)
Judge
- To Know Her (2004) ... Judge
 2004 The Lion King 3: Hakuna Matata (Video)
Rafiki (voice)
 2004 Timon & Pumbaa Virtual Safari 1.5 (Video Game)
Rafiki (voice)
 2004 Who Wants to Be King of the Jungle (Video Game)
Rafiki (voice)
 2003 Big Fish
Dr. Bennett (senior)
 2003 Extreme Skate Adventure (Video Game)
Rafiki (voice)
 2003 The Lion King Read-Along (Video short)
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 Whodunit Musical (2000) ... Narrator (voice)
- Robinita Hood (2000) ... Narrator (voice)
- The Steadfast Tin Soldier (2000) ... Narrator (voice)
- The Snow Queen (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 short)
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)
 1999 M.U.G.E.N (Video Game)
 1998 Disney's Adventures in Typing with Timon & Pumbaa (Video Game)
Rafiki (voice)
 1998 The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Active Play (Video Game)
Rafiki (voice)
 1998 The Lion King II: 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)
Ben (voice)
 1997 Metropolitan Hospital (TV Movie)
 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 Mother Goose: A Rappin' and Rhymin' Special (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 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 The Lion King: Activity Center (Video Game)
Rafiki (voice)
 1995 Children of the Dust (TV Mini Series)
Mossburger
- Episode #1.2 (1995) ... Mossburger
- Episode #1.1 (1995) ... Mossburger
 1994 Animated StoryBook: The Lion King (Video Game)
Rafiki (voice)
 1994 Cosmic Slop (TV Movie)
Gleason Golightly (segment "Space Traders")
 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 short)
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 short)
Mr. Corblarb
- Color Me Addams (1993) ... Mr. Corblarb (voice)
 1993 The Meteor Man
Ted Reed - Jeff's Father
 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
 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 Fish Police (TV Series)
Det. Catfish
- No Way to Treat a Fillet-dy (1992) ... Det. Catfish (voice)
- The Two Gils (1992) ... Det. Catfish (voice)
- The Codfather (1992) ... Det. Catfish (voice)
- Beauty's Only Fin Deep (1992) ... Det. Catfish (voice)
- A Fish Out of Water (1992) ... Det. Catfish (voice)
 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)
 1990 Death Warrant
Hawkins
 1990 Carol & Company (TV Series)
Sam
- Soap Gets in Your Eyes (1990) ... Sam
 1989 Sister Kate (TV Series)
Mr. Townsend
- Neville's Hired Hand (1989) ... Mr. Townsend
 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
 1986 Hotel (TV Series)
Frank Stoner
- Shadow Play (1986) ... Frank Stoner
 1986 John Grin's Christmas (TV Movie)
John Grin
 1986 Wanted: Dead or Alive
Philmore Walker
 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 & South: Book 1, North & 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 Jr.
 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 The Donna Summer Special (TV Special)
An Angel
 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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Personal Details

Other Works:

(1970s) TV commercial for Bounce Fabric Softener. See more »

Publicity Listings:

5 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Official Sites:

Broadway org. | Facebook

Alternate Names:

Bob Guillaume

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)

Spouse:

Donna Brown Guillaume  (his death)  (1 child) | See more »

Children:

Kevin Guillaume | See more »
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Trivia:

Even though Robert Guillaume was an accomplished and experienced Broadway musical performer, there was some controversy when he replaced the original Phantom (Michael Crawford) in the first Los Angeles company of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "The Phantom of the Opera," becoming the first black actor to play the role. Some tickets were returned to protest his selection as lead actor even before ... See more »

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Known for playing quick witted and wisecracking characters with a crass sense of humor See more »

Nickname:

Bob

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