Robert Guillaume - best known for his '80s hit TV appear, "Benson" - passed on Tuesday at his L.A. home ... as per his better half, Donna. Guillaume won the Emmy for lead on-screen character in a comic drama for playing mocking, shrewd splitting head servant, Benson DuBois, on the hit ABC appear. "Benson" was a turn off from "Cleanser." He'd won a supporting on-screen character Emmy for that show.
He was additionally the voice of Rafiki on Disney's "The Lion King" - and Isaac Jaffe on Aaron Sorkin's "Games Night." All through his profession, Guillaume challenged racial generalizations with his characters on TV and in theater. He earned a 1977 Tony nom for "Folks and Dolls" ... what's more, was first African-American to assume the title part in "Apparition of the Opera."
Robert was 89.