Emmy and Grammy-winning actor Robert Guillaume died Tuesday at age 89.
His representative, Laura Ackermann, said he died from complications of prostate cancer at the Los Angeles home he shared with his wife Donna Brown Guillaume.
He rose to fame playing a butler Benson DuBois on the ABC series Soap, a role he almost
Among Guillaume's achievements was playing Nathan Detroit in the first all-black version of Guys and Dolls, earning a Tony nomination in 1977. He became the first African-American to sing the title role of Phantom of the Opera, appearing with an all-white cast in Los Angeles.
While playing in Guys and Dolls, he was asked to test for the role of an acerbic butler of a governor's mansion in Soap, a primetime TV sitcom that satirized soap operas.
The career of Robert Guillaume almost ended in January 1999 at Walt Disney Studio. He was appearing in the TV series Sports Night as Isaac Jaffe, executive producer of a sports highlight show. Returning to his dressing room after a meal away from the studio, he suddenly collapsed.
The last time I heard about Robert Guillaume he had fainted after badly cutting himself on a nail from a trip at the memorial service for Margaux Hemingway on the pier in Santa Monica in 1996! Her ashes are buried next to her grandfather and father in Ketchum, Idaho. Her tombstone reads "FREE SPIRIT FREED"...wait this was about Robert Guillaume, apologies.
Margaux Hemingway, dead?
I wondered why I hadn't seen her in anything for a while.
Well, there you go.
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