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RIP Emmy Award-Winning Actor, #Soap, #Benson, #LionKing & #SportsNight Star, Robert Guillaume

Emmy and Grammy-winning actor Robert Guillaume died Tuesday at age 89.

His representative, Laura Ackermann, confirmed the cause of death, at the Los Angeles home he shared with wife Donna Brown Guillaume, was complications of prostate cancer. After earning a Tony nomination in 1977 for playing Nathan Detroit in the first all-black production of Guys and Dolls, Guillaume — the first African-American to play the Phantom of the Opera — had doubts about being asked to audition for the role of a Benson DuBois, a butler in a governor’s mansion in ABC’s satirical Soap, which chronicled the families of two sisters.

Robert Guillaume, center, shows off his 1979 Emmy
Photo published for Josh Charles, Josh Malina, and other celebs pay tribute to 'Benson' star Robert Guillaume