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Robert Guillaume

Highest Rated:   92% The Lion King (1994)
Lowest Rated:   8% Spy Hard (1996)
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The product of a tough, impoverished upbringing, African American actor Robert Guillaume fought his way out of the St. Louis slums by virtue of talent, persistence and an unwillingness to bow down to anyone. After military service and college, Guillaume held down short-term jobs ranging from cook to streetcar conductor, all the while training his voice for potential musical comedy work--training that paid off with his first Broadway show, 1961's Kwamina. Among his many stage credits were the musical versions of Golden Boy (with Sammy Davis Jr.) and Purlie Victorious, and the long-running review Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. When New York stage work was scarce, Guillaume created his own opportunities by giving one-man concerts. After guesting in several of the black-oriented TV sitcoms of the 1970s, Guillaume was cast in 1977 as the imperious, outspoken family retainer Benson in the daytime-drama parody Soap (the actor would be first to admit that many of Benson's more contentious traits sprang from Guillaume's own prickly personality). The role won Guillaume a 1978 Emmy as "Outstanding Supporting Actor." In 1979, Guillaume carried over his Soap role into his own starring series, the now classic sitcom Benson, which ran until 1986 and which won Guillaume another Emmy, this time as "Outstanding Lead Actor." Robert Guillaume also headlined the appropriately titled 1989 series The Robert Guillaume Show, wherein for approximately five months he starred as divorced marriage counselor Edward Sawyer. In the several years to follow, Guillaume would star in shows like Sports night, as well as a number of films like Big Fish and Satin.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Columbus Circle
  • Howard Miles
2010
No Score Yet Satin
  • Doc Bishop
2010
No Score Yet The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry
  • Mr. Barnes
2008
76% The Lion King 1 1/2
  • Rafiki
2004
77% Big Fish
  • Senior Dr. Bennett
2003
No Score Yet The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina
  • Ben
2002
No Score Yet Unchained Memories: Slave Narratives
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Land Before Time: The Big Freeze
  • Mr. Thicknose
2001
No Score Yet Silicon Towers
  • Detective Green
2000
No Score Yet Lady Liberty---A Musical Salute to America
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet The Happy Prince
  • Actor
1999
33% The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
  • Rafiki
1998
No Score Yet His Bodyguard
  • Garrett
1998
No Score Yet Easter Story Keepers
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Pandora's Clock (Doomsday Virus)
  • Amb. Lee Lancaster
1996
No Score Yet Panic in the Skies!
  • Barnes
1996
23% First Kid
  • Wilkes
1996
No Score Yet Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story
  • Rev. Devers
1996
8% Spy Hard
  • Agent Steve Bishop
1996
No Score Yet Images & Realities: African American Men
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Run for the Dream
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Deepak Chopra - Alchemy: The Art of Spiritual Transformation
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Emperor's New Clothes
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child
  • Narrator
1995
No Score Yet Cinderella
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Cosmic Slop
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Children of the Dust
  • Jolson Mossburger
1995
No Score Yet Rapunzel
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child
  • Narrator
1995
92% The Lion King
  • Rafiki
1994
29% The Meteor Man
  • Mr. Reed
1993
No Score Yet You Must Remember This
  • Uncle Buddy
1992
No Score Yet Penthouse
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Death Warrant
  • Hawkins
1990
No Score Yet The Penthouse
  • Eugene St. Clair
1989
69% Lean on Me
  • Dr. Frank Napier
1989
No Score Yet Fire and Rain
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Scandalous Scoundrel
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet They Still Call Me Bruce
  • V.A. Officer Johnson
1987
25% Wanted: Dead or Alive
  • Philmore Walker
1987
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Prince Jack
  • Martin Luther King
1985
No Score Yet The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins
  • Executive Producer
1984
No Score Yet The Kid with the 200 I.Q.
  • Executive Producer
  • Professor Mills
1983
No Score Yet The Kid with the Broken Halo
  • Blake
1982
75% Seems Like Old Times
  • Fred
1980
No Score Yet Superfly T.N.T.
  • Jordan Gaines
1973
No Score Yet Purlie
  • Actor
1963
No Score Yet The Kid from Left Field
  • Actor
1953

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
100% Sports Night
1998-2000
  • Isaac Isaac Jaffe
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Sonny Bridges
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
  • Pete Pete Flecher
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest

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