Robert Guillaume, who gained fame as butler turned politician on TV, has died at the age of 89.
The actor died due to complications of prostate cancer.
Guillaume began playing Benson Du Bois on “Soap” and its spin-off “Benson” on which he worked in the Governor’s mansion, working his way up from a butler to budget director to Lt. Governor over seven seasons. He won Emmys for both “Soap” and ”Benson”.
Robert Guillaume was also the voice of Rafiki, the mandrill (monkey) in The Lion King.