Robert Guillaume

Robert Guillaume

  • Highest Rated: 93% The Lion King (1994)
  • Lowest Rated: 8% Spy Hard (1996)
  • Birthday: Nov 30, 1927
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • 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

Box
Office

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 $1.1M 2008
78% The Lion King 1 1/2 Rafiki 2004
75% Big Fish Senior Dr. Bennett $66.3M 2003
No Score Yet The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina Ben 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
62% 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 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Narrator 1995
No Score Yet Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Narrator 1995
No Score Yet Cosmic Slop Actor 1995
No Score Yet Children of the Dust Jolson Mossburger 1995
93% The Lion King Rafiki $94.3M 1994
29% The Meteor Man Mr. Reed 1993
No Score Yet You Must Remember This Uncle Buddy 1992
No Score Yet Driving Miss Daisy Actor 1992
No Score Yet In a New Light '92 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
33% 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
72% 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

Year

No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
Sonny Bridges
  • 2008
58% 8 Simple Rules
2002-2005
Cody Grant
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Proud Family
2001-2005
Voice
  • 2002
No Score Yet Moesha
1996-2001
Arthur
  • 2000
90% Sports Night
1998-2000
Isaac Isaac Jaffe
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Judge Dawes
  • 1997
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
Pete Pete Flecher
  • 1994
13% Saved by the Bell: The College Years
1993-1994
professor
  • 1993
No Score Yet A Different World
1987-1993
Dean Winston Prof. Murphy
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1983
No Score Yet Soap
1977-1981
Benson Benson DuBois
  • 1981
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
No Score Yet Good Times
1974-1979
Fishbone
  • 1977
No Score Yet All in the Family
1971-1979
Dr. Franklin
  • 1975
No Score Yet Sanford and Son
1972-1977
Albert Brock
  • 1975
No Score Yet The Jeffersons
1975-1985
Thompson
  • 1975
13% Fish Police
1992
Voice
40% Pacific Station
1992
Det. Bob Ballard
No Score Yet Timon & Pumbaa
1999
Voice

QUOTES FROM Robert Guillaume CHARACTERS

Dr. Bennett (Senior)
Not very excitin', is it? And I suppose if I had to choose between the true version and an elaborate one involvin' a fish and a wedding ring, I might choose the fancy version. But that's just me.
William Bloom
I kinda like your version.
Dr. Bennett (Senior)
Did your father ever tell you about the day you were born?
William Bloom
A thousand times. He caught an uncatchable fish.
Dr. Bennett (Senior)
Not that one. The real story. Did he ever tell you that.
William Bloom
No.
Dr. Bennett (Senior)
Your mother came in about three in the afternoon. Her neighbor drove her, on account of your father was on business in Wichita. You were born a week early, but there were no complication. It was a perfect delivery. Now, your father was sorry to miss it, but it wasn't the custom for the men to be in the room for deliveries then, so I can't see as it would have been much different had he been there. And that's the real story of how you were born.
Rafiki
I Don't think this is going to work, But I trust you. I just hope you know what you're doing...
Rafiki
I don't think this is going to work, But I trust you. I just hope you know what you're doing...
Rafiki
Oh yes, the past can hurt. But, you can either run from it or, learn from it.
Scar
Simba: Will you cut it out!? Rafiki: Can't cut it out! It grow right back!
Simba
Will you cut it out!?
Rafiki
Can't cut it out! It grow right back!
Rafiki
Hakuna Matata.
Timon's Mom
Ha-who-na ma-what-a?
Simba
I think you are a little confused.
Rafiki
Wrong! I'm not the one who's confused. You don't even know who you are!
Rafiki
Wrong! I'm not the one who is confused. You don't even know who you are!
Simba
Oh, and I suppose you know?
Simba
Oh, and I suppose you know?
Rafiki
Sure do. You're Mufasa's boy! [Simba turns around to look at him, shocked]
Rafiki
Sure do. You are Mufasa's boy!
Rafiki
Bye.
Simba
(Gasps)
Simba
Creepy little monkey. Will you stop following me? Who are you?
Rafiki
The question is, *who* are you?
Simba
(Sighs) I thought I knew. Now I'm not so sure.
Simba
[sighs] I thought I knew. Now I'm not so sure.
Rafiki
I know who you are. (Whispers) Come here, it's a secret. (Loudly) Asante sana, Squash banana, Wewe nugu, Mimi apana!
Rafiki
I know who you are. [whispers] Come here, it's a secret. [loudly] Asante sana, Squash banana, Wewe nugu, Mimi apana!
Simba
Enough already! What is that supposed to mean anyway?
Rafiki
It means you are a baboon, and I'm not. Hehehehe!
Rafiki
It means you are a baboon, and I'm not. Hehe!
Rafiki
It is time!
Rafiki
It is time.
Rafiki
Asante sana squash banana, wewe nungu mimi hapana!
Rafiki
Asante sana. Squash banana. Wewe nugu. Mimi apana.
Rafiki
What was that?! Heh, heh. The weather. Pleah! Very peculiar. Don't you think?
Simba
Yeah. Looks like the winds are changing.
Rafiki
Ah, change is good.
Simba
Yeah, but it's not easy. I know what I have to do, but... going back means I have to face my past. I have been running from it for so long.
Timon
...just us and the little guy.
Timon
Just us and the little guy.
Rafiki
hehehe.. It's a girl.
Rafiki
[laughing] It's a girl.
Timon
oh, A GIRL!!!???
Timon
Oh, a girl?!
Rafiki
Oh Mufasa, you've been up there too long! Your head is in the clouds!
Simba
You knew my father?
Rafiki
Correction: I *know* your father.
Rafiki
Correction. I *know* your father.
Rafiki
The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.