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RIP Robert Guillaume, 89...most famous for the title role on "Benson"


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#1 laughedatbytime

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Posted 24 October 2017 - 07:08 PM

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NEW YORK (AP) – Robert Guillaume, who won Emmy Awards for his roles on “Soap” and “Benson,” has died at age 89.

Guillaume’s widow Donna Brown Guillaume says the actor and singer died Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. She tells The Associated Press he had been battling prostate cancer. In addition to his television work, Robert Guillaume was the first African-American to sing the title role of “Phantom of the Opera,” appearing with an all-white cast in Los Angeles.

Guillaume rose to stardom after being born into squalid conditions in the slums of St. Louis in November 1927. He was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame in 1999.

He was nominated for a Tony Award in 1977 for his role in the first all-black version of “Guys and Dolls.”

http://fox2now.com/2...tor-dies-at-89/

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Posted 24 October 2017 - 07:16 PM

Just read this, RIP Robert Guillaume. Benson was great character and a fantastic show.

And some of the best theme music ever.

https://www.youtube....h?v=eAFPKduUqv8

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Posted 24 October 2017 - 07:40 PM

Funny man, good show.

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Posted 24 October 2017 - 07:45 PM

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Posted 24 October 2017 - 07:53 PM

I remember Benson's awesome straight man routine against Katherine Helmund's goofball 'Jessica Tate' on Soap.  Their onscreen relationship was SO damn funny and often quite touching.  RIP Mr. Guillaume.  

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Posted 24 October 2017 - 07:58 PM

Jeepers creepers....I've been going thru old clips of Soap.....what a HOOT!!   :laughing guy: :laughing guy:   That show was way ahead of its time!!

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Posted 24 October 2017 - 08:27 PM

He had great presence in front of the camera - always excellent no matter what role ... I wish he'd have done more films

RIP Mr Guillaume

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Posted 24 October 2017 - 08:58 PM

rip :(

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Posted 24 October 2017 - 10:18 PM

This clip doesn't have Benson in it, but it was one of the most hilarious scenes in all of Soap.  :laughing guy: :laughing guy:



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Posted 25 October 2017 - 01:11 AM

Awwww...  :(

RIP, Robert.

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 01:53 AM

Wow. Sorry to hear. Loved him in Soap and Benson and as Rafiki in The Lion King.

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 01:58 AM

View PostLucas, on 24 October 2017 - 08:27 PM, said:

He had great presence in front of the camera - always excellent no matter what role ... I wish he'd have done more films

RIP Mr Guillaume

I just looked at his filmography. I've only seen him in 4 films with one of those "sightings" in Lion King.

I enjoyed how he shut Morgan Freeman up with his wordage in one particular scene in Lean on Me. Morgan's not usually in that spot but Guillame was just the guy to make it believable.

Soap and Benson were quality of course.

Very good in comedy & drama.

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 03:41 AM

I remember him for Pacific Station and some of Soap more than Benson, and he was such a good actor. Rest in peace.  :rose:

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 09:26 PM

One of the funniest scenes I ever saw on Soap was Benson at a jewish wedding. An old jewish couple walks up to him and asks “Jewish”? and Benson simply answers “No......Shvatsa”.

I pissed my pants. Loved Benson, and loved him more on Soap. Great character.

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Posted 29 October 2017 - 08:47 AM

A fine actor. Rest in peace, sir.

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Posted 29 October 2017 - 05:07 PM

Seinfeld’s first big role was on that show.

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