Tuesday, October 24, 2017
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.
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