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Robert Guillaume

1927 - 2017

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Robert Guillaume (born Robert Peter Williams; November 30, 1927 – October 24, 2017) was an American actor and singer, known for his role as Benson DuBois in the ABC television series Soap and its spin-off, Benson, as well as for voicing the mandrill Rafiki in The Lion King and related franchise film and media. In a career that spanned more than 50 years he worked extensively on stage, television and film. For his efforts he was nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, and twice won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of the character Benson DuBois, once in 1979 on Soap and in 1985 on Benson. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert Guillaume has received more than 3,304,725 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia. Robert Guillaume is the 4,433rd most popular actor (down from 3,629th in 2019), the 6,633rd most popular biography from United States (down from 5,727th in 2019) and the 2,070th most popular American Actor.

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  • 33

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  • 1.69

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  • 5.06

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Among actors, Robert Guillaume ranks 4,433 out of 9,996Before him are Joe E. Brown, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Ben Chaplin, America Ferrera, Christopher Cazenove, and Jamie Bell. After him are Danuta Szaflarska, Virginie Ledoyen, Paul McCrane, La Jana, James Corden, and Kaori Momoi.

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Among people born in 1927, Robert Guillaume ranks 295Before him are Elliot See, Althea Gibson, Otto Stich, Eileen Ryan, Brock Peters, and Roberto Suazo Córdova. After him are Adrián Escudero, Mort Sahl, Victor Mees, Hirotugu Akaike, David Padilla, and Oskar Pastior. Among people deceased in 2017, Robert Guillaume ranks 330Before him are Viktor Tsaryov, Glenne Headly, Peter Sarstedt, Paul J. Weitz, Kjell Grede, and Márta Rudas. After him are Danuta Szaflarska, Roy Dotrice, Josef Musil, Míriam Colón, Ely Ould Mohamed Vall, and Yambo Ouologuem.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Robert Guillaume ranks 6,633 out of 18,182Before him are Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (1954), Medgar Evers (1925), Michael Angelo Batio (1956), Sting (1959), Neal E. Miller (1909), and Dave Bing (1943). After him are Josephine Diebitsch Peary (1863), William P. Gottlieb (1917), Paul McCrane (1961), Robert Rubin (1938), Matt Frewer (1958), and Jane Pierce (1806).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Robert Guillaume ranks 2,070Before him are Philip Ahn (1905), Barry Van Dyke (1951), Loretta Devine (1949), Tom Byron (1961), Joe E. Brown (1891), and America Ferrera (1984). After him are Paul McCrane (1961), Matt Frewer (1958), Corbin Bleu (1989), Mark Damon (1933), Ben McKenzie (1978), and Louise Lasser (1939).

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