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'Benson' actor dies aged 89

R.I.P: Robert Guillaume

ROBERT GUILLAUME, the actor best known for his role in sitcom Benson and for voicing Rafiki in The Lion King, has died at the age of 89 after battling prostate cancer.

The Emmy award-winning actor passed away at his home in Los Angeles, his wife, Donna Brown Guillaume, told the Associated Press.

Guillaume's career spanned more than half a century, and he worked across stage, TV and film.

Guillaume made his Broadway debut in the 1961 production of Kwamina and went on to appear in Golden Boy and Guys and Dolls, for which he received a Tony Award nomination.

The actor also appeared on TV with parts in Saved by the Bell: The College Years and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

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