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Actor Robert Guillaume Loses Cancer Battle

Actor Robert Guillaume has died at the age of 89.
Oct 25, 2017 by: WENN

Actor Robert Guillaume Loses Cancer Battle

Actor Robert Guillaume has died at the age of 89.

The Lion King star passed away in Los Angeles on Tuesday following a battle with prostate cancer.

Guillaume started his acting career after serving in the U.S. Army and first appeared on stage in shows like Free and Easy, Kwamina, Golden Boy, Tambourines to Glory and Guys and Dolls, which earned him a Tony Award nomination.

He also acted in TV shows including Good Times, The Jeffersons, The Love Boat, Sports Night, North & South, Sanford and Son, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and A Different World.

He is perhaps most famous for portraying beloved TV butler Benson DuBois in 1970s comedy SOAP and spin-off Benson. Guillaume also fronted The Robert Guillaume Show in 1989.

On the big screen, Guillaume voiced the character Rafiki in 1994's Lion King. He also starred in the films Spy Hard, First Kid and 13th Child. His last feature film credit was 2012's Columbus Circle.

The actor received a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame and won two Emmy Awards and a Grammy.