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Guillaume, Robert (1927–)

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GUILLAUME, ROBERT (1927–). Actor, singer, producer. He was raised by his maternal grandmother in the poor section of St. Louis, Missouri, and became a celebrated actor of stage, film, and television. He spent time in the U.S. Army before enrolling at St. Louis University to study business administration. He took on menial jobs as a cook and a streetcar conductor to support himself and began training his voice. His plan was to someday sing tenor at the Metropolitan Opera, and he would eventually spend eight months starring in the Los Angeles production of Phantom of the Opera . Guillaume received a scholarship to the Aspen Music Festival and his performance there gained him an apprenticeship at the Karamu Theater in Cleveland, where he made his semi-professional debuts in opera and musical comedy. He moved to New York and appeared in many stage productions, including Othello, Porgy and Bess, Golden Boy , and he received a Tony Award nomination for his performance as Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls . His big television break came in 1977 when he was cast as Benson DuBois, the outspoken butler in the daytime-drama parody series Soap , for which he won an Emmy Award. His own series followed, where his upwardly mobile character goes from being a butler, to state budget director, to lieutenant governor in the series Benson , for which he won another Emmy Award. Other notable television performances include The Robert Guillaume Show, Sports Night , and numerous made-for-TV movies. He produced and starred in the PBS drama You Must Remember This , and the ethnically diverse fairy-tale series Happily Ever After , for Home Box Office. He also wrote, directed, and starred in John Grin’s Christmas . His film roles include Lean on Me , 1989; Death Warrant , 1990; and he provided the voice of Rafiki in The Lion King , 1994.

Filmography: Seems Like Old Times , 1980; Purlie , 1981; Prince Jack , 1984; Wanted: Dead or Alive , 1987; They Still Call Me Bruce , 1987; Lean on Me , 1989; Death Warrant , 1990; The Meteor Man , 1993; The Lion King , 1994; Spy Hard , 1996; Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story , 1996; First Kid , 1996; The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride , 1998; Silicon Towers , 1999; 13th Child , 2002; Big Fish , 2003; The Lion King III , 2004; Tough Like Wearing Dreadlocks , 2005; Jack Satin , 2005.

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