Robert Guillaume

Mostly Credited As: Robert Guillaume
Birth Name: Robert Peter Williams
Date Of Birth: November 30, 1927 (Age 88)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: St. Louis, Missouri
Height: 5' 10" (1.77 m)

Robert Guillaume

"I'm an actor who sings," says multi-talented Robert Guillaume, who played Benson, the sharp-witted employee of the Tate family in "Soap, the half-hour comedy series and years later in the namesake spin-off series.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, on November 30, Guillaume received his first musical influence while serving as an altar boy. He dabbled in musical production in grammar and high school.
Guillaume entered St. Louis University to pursue a career in business administration, but after transferring to Washington University he met his first important professional influence -- voice teacher, Leslie Chabay. Recognizing Robert's outstanding qualities as a classical singer, Chabay was instrumental in getting him a scholarship to a music festival in Aspen, Colorado.
It was in Aspen that he was heard by Russell and Rowena Jelliffe, founders of the Karamu Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio, one of the oldest interracial theatres. At Karamu, he apprenticed and performed in operas and musicals. When Guillaume made his debut as Billy Bigelow in "Carousel," he was applauded by Oscar Hammerstein. Guillaume has been performing steadily ever since. In 1977, he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role of Nathan Detroit in "Guys and Dolls." Among his other roles are, the lead in "Purlie" and Eddie Satin in "Golden Boy" Robert has appeared in such plays as, "Kwaminia," "Bambouche," "Tambourines to Glory," "Othello," "Porgy and Bess," "Finian's Rainbow," "Apple Pie" and "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris." Prior to starting production on "Soap," he appeared in "Don Juan" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.
Frequent guest star on televisiĆ³n, Guillaume has appeared on "The Jeffersons," "All in the Family," "Sanford and Son," "Marcus and "S'Wonderful, S'Marvelous, S'Gershwin."
Guillaume is the father of two sons, Kevin and Jacques, who have a recording group in St. Louis.
The brown-eyed actor maintains a residence in New York with with "lots of sunshine, plants and a mish-mosh of furniture tending toward bush motif." His hobbies include playing the piano and guitar and writing.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Sports Night (1998)As: Isaac Jaffee, executive producer
Children of the Dust (1995)As: Mossburger
Timon & Pumbaa (1995)As: Rafiki -- [Voice]
Fish Police (1992)As: Detective Catfish -- [Voice]
Pacific Station (1991)As: Det. Bob Ballard
The Robert Guillaume Show (1989)As: Edward Sawyer
North and South (US) (1985)As: Frederick Douglass (Book 1)
Benson (1979)As: Benson DuBois
Soap (1977)As: Benson DuBois (S01-S02)
Episode Cast Credits 

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) 
  Young Man with a Horn 09x08: (Dec/04/2008) As Sonny Bridges 

Century City (2004) 
  To Know Her 01x02: (Mar/23/2004) As Judge 

8 Simple Rules (2002) 
  Every Picture Tells a Story 01x20: (Feb/25/2003) As Cody Grant 

The Proud Family (2001) 
  Behind Family Lines 02x05: (Dec/13/2002) Voiced  Dr. Parker 

Moesha (1996) 
  All This and Turkey, Too 06x10: (Nov/20/2000) As Arthur Loving 

The Outer Limits (1995) (1995) 
  Monster 04x18: (Jul/10/1998) As Mr. Brown 

Touched by an Angel (1994) 
  Jones vs. God 04x05: (Oct/19/1997) As Judge Dawes 

Promised Land (1996) 
  Christmas 01x11: (Dec/17/1996) As Martin Woolridge 

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990) 
  You'd Better Shop Around 04x19: (Feb/21/1994) As Pete Flecher 

Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990) 
  Bug Off 04x14: (Feb/19/1994) Voiced  Citizen 

Saved by the Bell: The College Years (1993) 
  A Question of Ethics 01x14: (Dec/21/1993) As Professor Hemmings, [Special Guest Stars]

  A Question of Ethics 01x14: (Dec/21/1993) As Dr. Arthur Hemmings 

Diagnosis Murder (1993) 
  Miracle Cure 01x01: (Oct/29/1993) As Father Morrissey 

A Different World (1987) 
  Really Gross Anatomy 06x05: (Oct/22/1992) As Professor Murphy 
  To Be Continued 04x25: (May/02/1991) As Dean Winston 
  Never Can Say Goodbye 04x24: (Apr/25/1991) As Dean Winston 

Jack's Place (1992) 
  Romance Takes A Curtain Call 01x06: (Jul/07/1992) As Ted Sill 

L.A. Law (1986) 
  Diet, Diet, My Darling 06x14: (Feb/27/1992) As Kenneth Rollins 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) 
  Show #4399 29x169: (Sep/10/1991) As Himself 
  791011 18x04: (Oct/11/1979) As Himself 

Hotel (1983) 
  Shadow Play 04x10: (Dec/17/1986) As Frank Stoner 

The Emmy Awards (1949) 
  The 37th Annual Emmy Awards 37x01: (Sep/22/1985) As Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (for 'Benson') 
  The 31st Annual Emmy Awards 31x01: (Sep/09/1979) As Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (for 'Soap') 

Saturday Night Live (1975) 
  Robert Guillaume/Duran Duran 08x16: (Mar/19/1983) As Himself (Host) 

Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters (1980) 
  Season 1, Episode 11 01x11: (Feb/14/1981) As Himself 

The Love Boat (1977) 
  Kinfolk/Sis and the Slicker/Moonlight and Moonshine/Too Close for Comfort/The Affair (2) 03x19: (Jan/19/1980) As Frank Bellow 
  Kinfolk/Sis and the Slicker/Moonlight and Moonshine/Too Close for Comfort/The Affair (1) 03x18: (Jan/19/1980) As Frank Bellow 

Good Times (1974) 
  Requiem for a Wino 05x11: (Dec/14/1977) As Fishbone 

The Jeffersons (1975) 
  George Won't Talk 02x09: (Nov/08/1975) As Charles Thompson 

All in the Family (1971) 
  Chain Letter 06x06: (Oct/20/1975) As Dr. Franklin 

Sanford and Son (1972) 
  Steinberg and Son 05x05: (Oct/10/1975) As Albert Brock 

Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969) 
  The Soft Phrase of Peace 01x15: (Jan/06/1970) As Carothers 

Julia (1968) 
  The Wheel Deal 02x02: (Sep/23/1969) As Robert Barron 
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He is 5' 10" tall.

His first wife was Marlene Williams. They divorced in 1983.

His current wife is Donna Brown Guillaume.

His son is actor Kevin Guillaume.

He received a Tony Award nomination in 1977.

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