Robert Guillaume lost his battle to prostrate cancer at age 89. The Benson actor who also voiced the wise mandrill Rafiki in The Lion King (1994) and its related sequels, video games and TV series, died at his home in Los Angeles, his wife, Donna Brown Guillaume, told the Associated Press.
He is a two time Emmy winner from his popular show Benson and collected a Tony nomination for best actor in a musical in 1977 for playing Nathan Detroit in a revival of Guys and Dolls (Frank Sinatra did the part in the 1955 film).
Guillaume also appeared in the films Seems Like Old Times (1980), Lean on Me (1989), Death Warrant(1990), The Meteor Man (1993), First Kid (1996), Spy Hard (1996) and Big Fish (2003). And he wrote, directed and starred in the 1986 ABC telefilm John Grin’s Christmas. May his soul rest in peace.