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'Lion King' actor Robert Guillaume dies at age 89

Posted: 2:59 PM, Oct 24, 2017
Updated: 2017-10-24 20:59:37Z

Robert Guillaume, a two-time Emmy Award winner for roles in the TV shows "Benson" and "Soap," died on Tuesday at the age of 89, his wife confirmed to the Associated Press. 

According to the AP, he had been battling prostate cancer.

Guillaume's big break through came with the character Benson in "Soap," where he played a witty butler. He then played the title role in Soap's comedy spinoff "Benson." 

Guillaume then lent his voice to the role of Rafiki in the children's movie "The Lion King." Guillaume later earned a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children. 

He also had a starring role in Aaron Sorkin's ABC comedy "Sports Night." 

Guillaume's last feature appearance came in 2012 in the film "Columbus Circle."