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      Robert Guillaume

      Robert Guillaume

      Highest Rated: 93% The Lion King (1994)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Nov 30, 1927

      Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, USA

      Robert Guillaume became one of the best-beloved and respected television actors of the late 1970s and 1980s playing one character in two different series and establishing a trademark capacity to render bone-dry wit, stoic demeanor and even thoughtful compassion. An accomplished Broadway performer and singer through the 1960s and '70s, Guillaume came to national prominence on the groundbreaking and controversial sitcom "Soap" (ABC, 1977-1981) as Benson, the domestic servant with anything but a servile attitude or respect for his upper class employers. Benson proved such a breakthrough character that in 1979, ABC spun Guillaume off into his own eponymous series, in which he eventually, improbably, ran for the office of governor of a Southern state. Nominated seven times, he would become the first African-American to win a Best Actor Emmy. He went on to establish himself as a go-to voiceover actor with extensive work in Disney's much-traveled "Lion King" franchise as the wise Rafiki. His most extended return to series TV, "Sports Night" (ABC, 1998-2000), was conspicuously marked by a stroke he suffered on-set and the producers' and Guillaume's decision to write it and the subsequent recovery process into his character's arc. Though more broadly remembered for his signature sitcom work, Guillaume built a legacy as a multi-gifted performer who defied the traditional parameters too long drawn for African-American thespians. His death on October 24, 2017 from prostate cancer at the age of 89 was mourned by generations of fans and fellow actors.

      Highest rated movies

      Big Fish
      Seems Like Old Times
      Lean on Me
      The 13th Child, Legend of the Jersey Devil
      Wanted: Dead or Alive
      The Meteor Man
      First Kid
      Death Warrant

      Photos

      LEAN ON ME, Morgan Freeman, Robert Guilluame, 1989. ©Warner Brothers SPY HARD, Robert Guillaume, 1996, (c)Buena Vista Pictures DEATH WARRANT, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Robert Guillaume, 1990, (c)MGM DEATH WARRANT, Robert Guillaume, 1990, (c)MGM LEAN ON ME, Morgan Freeman, Robert Guilluame, 1989. ©Warner Brothers THE METEOR MAN, James Earl Jones, Cynthia Belgrave, Tommy Redmond Hicks, Marilyn Coleman, Robert Guillaume, Bill Cosby, Marla Gibbs, Robert Townsend, 1993, (c)MGM THE METEOR MAN, Robert Guillaume, James Earl Jones, Marla Gibbs, Marilyn Coleman, 1993, (c)MGM THE METEOR MAN, Eddie Griffin, Robert Townsend, Marla Gibbs, Robert Guillaume, Marilyn Coleman, 1993, (c)MGM THE METEOR MAN, Eddie Griffin, Marla Gibbs, Robert Guillaume, 1993, (c)MGM BIG FISH, Robert Guillaume, 2003, (c) Columbia DEATH WARRANT, Robert Guillaume, Abdul Salaam El Razzac, 1990, (c) MGM SUPERFLY T.N.T., Ron O'Neal, Robert Guillaume, 1973 SPY HARD, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Guillaume, 1996, (c)Buena Vista Pictures SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES, from left, Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Robert Guillaume, 1980, ©Columbia

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 37% Columbus Circle Howard Miles (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 59% Satin Doc (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 84% The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry Mr. Barnes (Character) $1.4M 2008
      76% 62% The Lion King 1 1/2 Rafiki (Voice) - 2004
      75% 89% Big Fish Dr. Bennett (Senior) (Character) $66.3M 2003
      40% 18% The 13th Child, Legend of the Jersey Devil Riley (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 39% The Adventures of Tom Thumb & Thumbelina Ben (Voice) - 2002
      No Score Yet 55% The Land Before Time: The Big Freeze Mr. Thicknose (Voice) - 2001
      67% 61% The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Rafiki (Voice) - 1998
      No Score Yet 100% His Bodyguard Garrett (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story Reverend Devers (Character) - 1996
      20% 32% First Kid Wilkes (Character) $26.5M 1996
      No Score Yet 43% Panic in the Skies! Rob Barnes (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 75% A Good Day to Die Mossburger (Character) - 1995
      93% 93% The Lion King Raifiki the Mandrill (Voice) $422.8M 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cosmic Slop Gleason Golightly (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Greyhounds Robert Smith (Character) - 1994
      25% 36% The Meteor Man Ted Reed (Character) $8.0M 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story Police Commissioner (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet You Must Remember This Uncle Buddy (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In a New Light '92 Unknown (Character) - 1992
      0% 35% Death Warrant Hawkins (Character) $15.1M 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Penthouse Eugene St. Clair (Character) - 1989
      68% 85% Lean on Me Dr. Frank Napier (Character) $28.9M 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fire and Rain Carter (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet 43% They Still Call Me Bruce V.A. Officer Johnson (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Scandalous Scoundrel Harlan Wade (Character) - 1987
      30% 48% Wanted: Dead or Alive Philmore Walker (Character) $6.5M 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Prince Jack Martin Luther King (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet 60% The Kid With the 200 I.Q. Professor Mills (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Kid With the Broken Halo Blake (Character) - 1982
      70% 64% Seems Like Old Times Fred (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 42% The Kid From Left Field Larry Cooper (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 18% Superfly T.N.T. Jordan Gaines (Character) - 1973

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 56% Timon & Pumbaa Rafiki (Character),
      Unknown (Voice)
      1995-1996 2018
      No Score Yet 82% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Century City Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      58% 48% 8 Simple Rules Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet 40% The Proud Family Dr. Parker (Guest Voice) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Unknown (Voice),
      Narrator
      1999-2000
      90% 92% Sports Night Isaac Jaffee (Character) 1998-2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Outer Limits Mr. Brown (Character) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Goode Behavior Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      9% No Score Yet Sparks Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Children of the Dust Unknown (Character) 1995
      No Score Yet 91% The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Unknown (Guest Star) 1994
      No Score Yet 78% The New Adventures of Captain Planet Citizen (Guest Voice) 1994
      43% No Score Yet Burke's Law Eugene Sayers (Guest Star) 1994
      9% 88% Saved by the Bell: The College Years Unknown (Guest Star) 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Different World Unknown (Guest Star) 1991-1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sister Kate Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Benson Benson DuBois (Character) 1979-1986
      No Score Yet 71% North and South Frederick Douglass (Character) 1985
      No Score Yet 58% Saturday Night Live Host 1983
      No Score Yet 92% Soap Unknown (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      1977-1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Times Fishbone; Theodopius P. Johnson (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jeffersons Charles Thompson (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet 88% All in the Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sanford and Son Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D. Aaron Carothers (Guest Star) 1970