Robert Guillaume

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  • Birth Name: Robert Peter Williams
  • Birth Place: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
  • Died: October 24, 2017
  • Profession: Actor, Producer
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Fast Facts

  • Raised by his maternal grandmother.
  • Served in the United States Army between high school and college; received an honorable discharge.
  • Made his Broadway debut in Kwamina in 1961.
  • Played sarcastic butler Benson on Soap for two years; the character was then spun-off into his own show, Benson.
  • In 1990, replaced Michael Crawford in the lead role in the Los Angeles production of Phantom of the Opera, becoming the first African American to perform the role.
  • With wife Donna Brown Guillaume, started the Confetti Entertainment Company, which publishes read-along books and tapes, and is the inspiration behind the award-winning animated HBO series Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child.
  • Released a CD of show tunes in 1996 called This Is the Moment.
  • Suffered a stroke on the set of the comedy Sports Night in 1999, but convinced the producers to write it into the show, allowing him to return.

Awards

  • 1985, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1983, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1983, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1982, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1985, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1979, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Comedy-Variety or Music Series: Winner
  • 1980, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1984, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1977, Tony — Actor (Musical): Nominee
  • 1984, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1994, Grammy — Best Spoken Word Album For Children: Winner

Relationships

  • Jeannette Williams — Grandmother
  • James Edwards — Half Brother
  • Cleo — Half Sister
  • Rachel Jeannette Guillaume — Daughter
  • Jacques Guillaume — Son
  • Marlene Williams — Ex-wife
  • Patricia — Daughter
  • Melissa — Daughter
  • Fay Hauser — Ex-fiancée
  • Donna Brown Guillaume — Wife
  • Kevin Guillaume — Son
  • Zoe Bertha Edwards — Mother
  • Dolores — Half Sister
  • Lexter — Half Brother

College

  • Attended St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, United States; attended Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Details

  • Birth Name: Robert Peter Williams
  • Birth Place: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
  • Died: October 24, 2017
  • Profession: Actor, Producer

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