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Robert Peter Williams was born on 30 November 1927, in St. Louis, Missouri USA, and is an actor, best known for being a part of the series “Soap” as the character Benson; he also reprised the role on the spin-off series “Benson”. All of his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it is today.

How rich is Robert Guillaume? As of early-2017, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $5 million, mostly earned through success as an actor. He is the voice of Rafiki in the animated film “The Lion King”. He’s gotten numerous awards and nominations over the course of his career. All of these achievements ensured the position of his wealth.

Robert Guillaume Net Worth $5 million

Robert attended Saint Louis University and later Washington University. After his studies, he served in the US Army, and would then pursue an acting career.

One of Guillaume’s first endeavors was on stage, joining the Karamu Players in Cleveland, performing in opera as well as musical comedies. He toured around the world as part of the cast of the Broadway musical “Free and Easy”, then two years later he became a part of “Kwamina”. More stage productions would be offered to him, and he became a part of “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris”, “Tambourines to Glory”, and “Guys and Dolls” which earned him a Tony Award nomination. In 1964, he appeared in “Porgy and Bess” as Sportin’ Life,. and was also a member of the Robert de Cormier singers, a group that performed in concerts. Later, he was featured on “The Tonight Show” as a solo singer, leading to an LP record entitled “Just Arrived”. He also became a member of The Pilgrims and played folk music. His net worth was certainly well established.

While doing all of these projects, he also made regular appearances in numerous television shows, including “The Jeffersons”, “Saved by the Bell: The College Years” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”. He found popularity when he became part of the series “Soap”, as the butler Benson, which significantly helped increase his net worth. In 1985, he was cast in the mini-series “North and South”, portraying Fredrick Douglass, and other shows that he was a part of include “The Robert Guillaume Show”, “Pacific Station”, and “Sports Night”.

Aside from acting, he has also done a lot of voice work, most notably in “The Lion King”. Other projects have included the video game “Half-Life 2”, and the film “The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze”. All of these projects helped raise Robert’s net worth to a high point.

For his performance in “Soap”, he was awarded the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He also won another Primetime Emmy Award, this time for Lead Actor thanks to his performance in “Benson”. In 1995, he received a Grammy Award for being a part of “The Lion King” read-along book. He’s also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

For his personal life, it is known that Robert is married to Donna Brown Guillaume. Philanthropically, he’s helped various institutions and organizations, which include Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, AmFar, and Artists for a New South Africa.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Off the Beach 2013 Short Dr. Black
Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious 2013 TV Series Historian
Columbus Circle 2012 Howard Miles
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom 2012 Video Game Rafiki (voice)
Satin 2011 Doc Bishop
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2008 TV Series Sonny Bridges
The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry 2008 Mr. Barnes
Storyline Online 2008 TV Series
Half-Life 2: Episode Two 2007 Video Game Dr. Eli Vance (voice)
The Orange Box 2007 Video Game Dr. Eli Vance (voice)
Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+ 2007 Video Game Rafiki (English version, voice)
Half-Life 2: Episode One 2006 Video Game Dr. Eli Vance (voice)
Kingdom Hearts II 2005 Video Game Rafiki (English version, voice)
Half-Life 2 2004 Video Game Dr. Eli Vance (voice)
Century City 2004 TV Series Judge
The Lion King 1 1/2 2004 Video Rafiki (voice)
Big Fish 2003 Dr. Bennett - Senior
Extreme Skate Adventure 2003 Video Game Rafiki (voice)
8 Simple Rules 2003 TV Series Cody Grant
The Proud Family 2002 TV Series Dr. Parker
13th Child 2002 Riley
The Adventures of Tom Thumb & Thumbelina 2002 Video Ben (voice)
The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze 2001 Video Mr. Thicknose (voice)
Moesha 2000 TV Series Arthur
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child 1995-2000 TV Series Narrator
Sports Night 1998-2000 TV Series Isaac Jaffe
The Happy Prince 1999 TV Movie Narrator
Closeups 1999 TV Series
Silicon Towers 1999 Detective Green
Timon & Pumbaa 1995-1999 TV Series Rafiki
The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride 1998 Video Rafiki (voice)
His Bodyguard 1998 TV Movie Garrett
The Outer Limits 1998 TV Series Mr. Brown
The Easter Story Keepers 1998 Video singing voice
Merry Christmas, George Bailey 1997 TV Movie Mr. Gower
Touched by an Angel 1997 TV Series Judge Dawes
Goode Behavior 1997 TV Series Dr. Baxter
Alchemy 1996 TV Movie Merlin
Crystal Cave 1996 TV Movie Merlin
Snow White 1996 TV Short voice
Promised Land 1996 TV Series Martin Woolridge
Sparks 1996 TV Series
Pandora's Clock 1996 TV Mini-Series Ambassador Lee Lancaster
Panic in the Skies! 1996 TV Movie Rob Barnes
First Kid 1996 Wilkes
Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story 1996 TV Movie Reverend Devers
Spy Hard 1996 Agent Steve Bishop
Lamb Chop's Chanukah and Passover Surprise 1996 TV Movie Robert
Children of the Dust 1995 TV Mini-Series Mossburger
Cosmic Slop 1994 TV Movie Gleason Golightly (segment "Space Traders")
Animated StoryBook: The Lion King 1994 Video Game Rafiki (voice)
Greyhounds 1994 TV Movie Robert Smith
The Lion King 1994 Rafiki (voice)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1994 TV Series Pete Fletcher
Captain Planet and the Planeteers 1994 TV Series Citizen
Burke's Law 1994 TV Series Eugene Sayers
Saved by the Bell: The College Years 1993 TV Series Dr. Arthur Hemmings
Diagnosis Murder 1993 TV Series Father Morrissey
The Addams Family 1993 TV Series Mr. Corblarb
The Meteor Man 1993 Ted Reed, Jeff's Father
You Must Remember This 1992 TV Movie Uncle Buddy
Mastergate 1992 TV Movie Sydley Sellers
A Different World 1991-1992 TV Series Dean Winston Prof. Murphy
Driving Miss Daisy 1992 TV Movie Hoke Colburn
Jack's Place 1992 TV Series Ted Sill
L.A. Law 1992 TV Series Kenneth Rollins
Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story 1992 TV Movie Police Commissioner (uncredited)
Fish Police 1992 TV Series Det. Catfish
Pacific Station 1991-1992 TV Series Det. Bob Ballard
Death Warrant 1990 Hawkins
Fire and Rain 1989 TV Movie Carter
The Robert Guillaume Show 1989 TV Series Edward Sawyer
The Penthouse 1989 TV Movie Eugene St. Clair
Lean on Me 1989 Dr. Frank Napier
Crossbow 1987 TV Series Nolan Ben Sunniman Al Hedrem
Perry Mason: The Case of the Scandalous Scoundrel 1987 TV Movie Harlan Wade
They Still Call Me Bruce 1987 V.A. Officer
Wanted: Dead or Alive 1987 Philmore Walker
Hotel 1986 TV Series Frank Stoner
John Grin's Christmas 1986 TV Movie John Grin
Benson 1979-1986 TV Series Benson DuBois
North and South 1985 TV Mini-Series Frederick Douglass
Prince Jack 1984 Martin Luther King
The Kid with the 200 I.Q. 1983 TV Movie Professor Mills
The Kid with the Broken Halo 1982 TV Movie Blake
Purlie 1981 TV Movie Purlie Victorious Judson
The Love Boat 1980-1981 TV Series Frank Belloque Allan Curtis
Seems Like Old Times 1980 Fred
Soap 1977-1980 TV Series Benson DuBois
Bob Hope in the Starmakers 1980 TV Movie The Singer
The Kid from Left Field 1979 TV Movie Larry Cooper
Good Times 1977 TV Series Fishbone
The Jeffersons 1975 TV Series Charles Thompson
All in the Family 1975 TV Series Dr. Franklin
Sanford and Son 1975 TV Series Albert Brock
Super Fly T.N.T. 1973 Jordan Gaines
Marcus Welby, M.D. 1970 TV Series Aaron Carothers
Julia 1969 TV Series Robert Barron
Porgy in Wien 1966 TV Movie

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dinah! 1979 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze 2001 Video performer: "The Lesson"
Sports Night 1999-2000 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride 1998 Video performer: "Upendi"
The 38th Annual Tony Awards 1984 TV Special performer: "Another Hundred People", "Not a Day Goes By", "The Best of Times", "Milk and Honey", "Hello, Dolly!", "Mame"
The 37th Annual Tony Awards 1983 TV Special performer: "There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon for New York", "Off Thee I Sing", "Bidin' My Time", "I Got Plenty of Nothing", "Fascinatin' Rhythm"
Purlie 1981 TV Movie performer: "New Fangled Preacher Man", "The Harder They Fall", "Down Home", "Walk Him Up the Stairs / Epilogue"
The Donna Summer Special 1980 TV Special performer: "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "The Man I Love"

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
John Grin's Christmas 1986 TV Movie executive producer
The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins 1984 TV Movie executive producer
The Kid with the 200 I.Q. 1983 TV Movie executive producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
John Grin's Christmas 1986 TV Movie

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age 2016 Documentary post-production Himself
Oprah: Where Are They Now? 2016 TV Series Himself
Home & Family 2015 TV Series Himself
Actors Reporter Interviews 2015 TV Series Himself
4TH NAFCA: African Oscar 2014 TV Movie Himself
Made in Hollywood 2011 TV Series Himself
Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition 2011 TV Series Himself
SAG Foundation Conversations 2011 TV Series Himself
Behind the Secrets of Jonathan Sperry 2010 Video documentary short Himself
TV Land Moguls 2009 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Florence Henderson Show 2009 TV Series Himself
Tavis Smiley 2007 TV Series Himself
Gylne tider 2006-2007 TV Series documentary Himself
TV Land's Top Ten 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
The 4th Annual TV Land Awards 2006 TV Special Himself
TV Land Confidential 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Larry King Live 2005 TV Series Himself
Inside TV Land: Primetime Politics 2004 TV Special documentary Himself
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years 2004 Video documentary Himself
SoapTalk 2003 TV Series Himself
Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives 2003 Documentary Reader
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
Hollywood Squares 2001 TV Series Himself
31st NAACP Image Awards 2000 TV Special Himself
2nd Annual TV Guide Awards 2000 TV Special Himself - Winner: The Best Show You're Not Watching
2000 Essence Awards 2000 TV Special Himself
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
E! True Hollywood Story 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
The 13th Annual Genesis Awards 1999 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1998 TV Special Himself - Audience Member
Hollywood & Vinyl 1998 TV Series Himself
Wheel of Fortune 1997 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Contestant
Reading Rainbow 1994 TV Series Himself
Disney's Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra 1994 TV Movie Himself - Host
The Making of 'The Lion King' 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself - Host
Jeopardy! 1992 TV Series Himself - Contestant
In a New Light: A Call to Action in the War Against AIDS 1992 TV Movie documentary Himself - Co-Host
One on One with John Tesh 1992 TV Series Himself
Great American Celebration 1991 TV Movie Himself
Walt Disney World's 20th Anniversary Celebration 1991 TV Special Himself
Motown 30: What's Goin' On! 1990 TV Special Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 1990 TV Series Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1990 TV Series Himself
22nd NAACP Image Awards 1990 TV Special Himself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars 1985-1989 TV Series Himself
The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards 1989 TV Special Himself - Co-Presenter: Favourite Female Television Performer
Good Morning America 1978-1989 TV Series Himself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1985-1989 TV Series Himself
The Debbie Allen Special 1989 TV Special Himself
Living the Dream: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 1988 TV Special Himself
The Wil Shriner Show 1987 TV Series Himself
The New Hollywood Squares 1987 TV Series Himself - Panelist
Great Performances 1987 TV Series Himself
We the People 200: The Constitutional Gala 1987 TV Movie Himself - Performer
Passion and Memory 1986 TV Movie documentary Himself - Host and Narrator
The Bob Monkhouse Show 1986 TV Series Himself
The 7th Annual Black Achievement Awards 1986 TV Special Himself
The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1985 TV Special Himself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards 1984 TV Special Himself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
The Love Boat Fall Preview Special 1984 TV Movie Himself
The 38th Annual Tony Awards 1984 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Featured Actress in a Play
Breakaway 1984 TV Series Himself
The 5th Annual Black Achievement Awards 1984 TV Special Himself - Host
The 41st Annual Golden Globe Awards 1984 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy / Musical
Salute! 1983 TV Series Himself
Family Feud 1979-1983 TV Series Himself
The 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1983 TV Special Himself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
The 37th Annual Tony Awards 1983 TV Special Himself - Performer
Saturday Night Live 1983 TV Series Himself - Host / Various
Texaco Star Theater: Opening Night 1983 TV Movie Himself
The 34th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1982 TV Special Himself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Presenter
Night of 100 Stars 1982 TV Special Himself
Magic with the Stars 1982 TV Movie Himself - Host
Games People Play 1981 TV Series Himself
Hour Magazine 1981 TV Series Himself
Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters 1981 TV Series Himself
The John Davidson Show 1980 TV Series Himself - Co-Host
3-2-1 Contact 1980 TV Series Himself
The Donna Summer Special 1980 TV Special An Angel
Hot Hero Sandwich 1979 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1978-1979 TV Series Himself - Actor / Himself - Co-Host
The 2nd Annual Black Achievement Awards 1979 TV Special Himself - Host
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1979 TV Series Himself
The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1979 TV Special Himself - Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Comedy-Variety or Music Series & Presenter: Best Lead Actress / Actor in a Drama Series
Dinah! 1979 TV Series Himself
Sha Na Na 1979 TV Series Himself
The Alan Hamel Show 1978 TV Series Himself
The Hollywood Squares 1978 TV Series Himself
The Cheap Show 1978 TV Series Himself
The 32nd Annual Tony Awards 1978 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Rich Little's Washington Follies 1978 TV Special Himself
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Jack Klugman 1978 TV Special Himself
The Jim Nabors Show 1978 TV Series Himself
'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, 'S Gershwin 1972 TV Movie Himself
The Leslie Uggams Show 1969 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Wire 2006 TV Series Benson DuBois
The Lion King 1994 Video Game Rafiki
Soap 1978 TV Series Benson DuBois

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005 Interactive Achievement Award Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, USA Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance - Male Half-Life 2 (2004)
2001 Golden Nymph Monte-Carlo TV Festival Outstanding Male Actor
1985 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Benson (1979)
1984 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television On 28 November 1984. At 6675 Hollywood Blvd.
1979 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Comedy-Variety or Music Series Soap (1977)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2004 TV Land Award TV Land Awards Best Broadcast Butler Soap (1977)
2001 Video Premiere Award DVD Exclusive Awards Best Animated Character Performance The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze (2001) · Zeon Davush (overseas supervising director)
· Bunis Yang (animation director overseas studio)
2001 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Sports Night (1998)
2001 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical Sports Night (1998)
2000 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995)
2000 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Sports Night (1998)
2000 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Sports Night (1998) · Josh Charles
· Felicity Huffman
· Peter Krause
· Sabrina Lloyd
· Joshua Malina
1999 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Sports Night (1998)
1999 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Sports Night (1998)
1999 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actor in a New Comedy Series Sports Night (1998)
1985 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Benson (1979)
1984 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Benson (1979)
1984 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Benson (1979)
1983 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Benson (1979)
1983 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Benson (1979)
1982 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Benson (1979)
1980 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Benson (1979)

TitleSalary
Benson (1979) $20,000 per 1/2 hour episode

#Fact
1 He was awarded a Star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame on May 16, 1999.
2 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6675 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on November 28, 1984 (two days before his 57th birthday).
3 Acting mentor and friends with Missy Gold and Ethan Phillips.
4 Friends with: Marla Gibbs, Isabel Sanford, Sherman Hemsley, Charlotte Rae, Bea Arthur, Redd Foxx, Danny Thomas, James Garner, James Earl Jones, Bill Cosby, Norman Lear, Paul Junger Witt, Inga Swenson, Rene Auberjonois, Katherine Helmond, Richard Mulligan, James Noble, Whoopi Goldberg, Georg Stanford Brown and Diahann Carroll.
5 Is the first African-American actor to win the Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. As of 2016, he is the only African-American to win any of these two awards, let alone winning both of them.
6 Best known by the public for his starring role as the title character on Benson (1979).
7 Remains good friends with Missy Gold during and after Benson (1979).
8 He was nominated for a 1977 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for his performance in "Don Juan" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
9 He was nominated for a 1976 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "Benito Cereno" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
10 Along with James Garner, he was among the original cast for The Powers That Be (1992) in the TV Guide Fall Preview.
11 He was the producers first choice for the role of Tuvok on Star Trek: Voyager (1995), which eventually went to Tim Russ.
12 Robert Guillaume was born as Robert Peter Williams (Guillaume is the French translation of William).
13 Was nominated for Broadway's 1977 Tony Award a Best Actor (Musical) for a revival of "Guys and Dolls".
14 Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 198. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
15 Father of Kevin Guillaume and Rachel Guillaume (born 1990).
16 Was once engaged to actress Fay Hauser.
17 Attended Saint Louis University and Washington University.
18 Suffered a mild stroke on the set of his television series Sports Night (1998) on January 14, 1999.
19 His stroke was paralleled on his television series where his character, boss Isaac Jaffe also was shown to have suffered a stroke, and where he was also shown to be missed and idolized by his television-staff colleagues.
20 There was some controversy when he replaced the original Phantom (Michael Crawford) in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "The Phantom of the Opera". Some tickets were returned to protest his selection as lead actor even before his first performance. His run was none the less popular with audiences and critics.


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