October 24, 2017
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Robert Guillaume, who is best known for the ’80s sitcom Benson, has died. He was 89.

The actor’s wife, Donna Guillaume, told the Associated Press he passed away at their Los Angeles home on Tuesday after battling prostate cancer, according to Variety.

Guillaume won an Emmy for Lead Actor in a Comedy in 1985 for playing the title role of the sarcastic butler on the ABC series Benson.

The character was a spin-off from the 1977 TV series Soap, where the actor won his first Emmy for Best Supporting Actor.

After Benson’s cancellation in 1986, Guillaume voiced the character of Rafiki in the 1994 animated blockbuster The Lion King and starred on the 1998 series Sports Night.

Guillaume suffered a stroke in 1999 and, after recuperating, had the illness worked into the series.

Throughout his career he performed on Broadway and made guest appearances on a slew of shows including The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, A Different World, Touched by an Angel and 8 Simple Rules.

Guillaume is survived by his wife Donna and two children.

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