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Robert Guillaume Net Worth, Wiki & Biography in 2017

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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Off the Beach2013ShortDr. Black
Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious2013TV SeriesHistorian
Columbus Circle2012Howard Miles
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom2012Video GameRafiki (voice)
Satin2011Doc Bishop
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2008TV SeriesSonny Bridges
The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry2008Mr. Barnes
Storyline Online2008TV Series
Half-Life 2: Episode Two2007Video GameDr. Eli Vance (voice)
The Orange Box2007Video GameDr. Eli Vance (voice)
Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+2007Video GameRafiki (English version, voice)
Half-Life 2: Episode One2006Video GameDr. Eli Vance (voice)
Kingdom Hearts II2005Video GameRafiki (English version, voice)
Half-Life 22004Video GameDr. Eli Vance (voice)
Century City2004TV SeriesJudge
The Lion King 1 1/22004VideoRafiki (voice)
Big Fish2003Dr. Bennett - Senior
Extreme Skate Adventure2003Video GameRafiki (voice)
8 Simple Rules2003TV SeriesCody Grant
The Proud Family2002TV SeriesDr. Parker
13th Child2002Riley
The Adventures of Tom Thumb & Thumbelina2002VideoBen (voice)
The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze2001VideoMr. Thicknose (voice)
Moesha2000TV SeriesArthur
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1995-2000TV SeriesNarrator
Sports Night1998-2000TV SeriesIsaac Jaffe
The Happy Prince1999TV MovieNarrator
Closeups1999TV Series
Silicon Towers1999Detective Green
Timon & Pumbaa1995-1999TV SeriesRafiki
The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride1998VideoRafiki (voice)
His Bodyguard1998TV MovieGarrett
The Outer Limits1998TV SeriesMr. Brown
The Easter Story Keepers1998Video singing voice
Merry Christmas, George Bailey1997TV MovieMr. Gower
Touched by an Angel1997TV SeriesJudge Dawes
Goode Behavior1997TV SeriesDr. Baxter
Alchemy1996TV MovieMerlin
Crystal Cave1996TV MovieMerlin
Snow White1996TV Short voice
Promised Land1996TV SeriesMartin Woolridge
Sparks1996TV Series
Pandora's Clock1996TV Mini-SeriesAmbassador Lee Lancaster
Panic in the Skies!1996TV MovieRob Barnes
First Kid1996Wilkes
Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story1996TV MovieReverend Devers
Spy Hard1996Agent Steve Bishop
Lamb Chop's Chanukah and Passover Surprise1996TV MovieRobert
Children of the Dust1995TV Mini-SeriesMossburger
Cosmic Slop1994TV MovieGleason Golightly (segment "Space Traders")
Animated StoryBook: The Lion King1994Video GameRafiki (voice)
Greyhounds1994TV MovieRobert Smith
The Lion King1994Rafiki (voice)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air1994TV SeriesPete Fletcher
Captain Planet and the Planeteers1994TV SeriesCitizen
Burke's Law1994TV SeriesEugene Sayers
Saved by the Bell: The College Years1993TV SeriesDr. Arthur Hemmings
Diagnosis Murder1993TV SeriesFather Morrissey
The Addams Family1993TV SeriesMr. Corblarb
The Meteor Man1993Ted Reed, Jeff's Father
You Must Remember This1992TV MovieUncle Buddy
Mastergate1992TV MovieSydley Sellers
A Different World1991-1992TV SeriesDean Winston Prof. Murphy
Driving Miss Daisy1992TV MovieHoke Colburn
Jack's Place1992TV SeriesTed Sill
L.A. Law1992TV SeriesKenneth Rollins
Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story1992TV MoviePolice Commissioner (uncredited)
Fish Police1992TV SeriesDet. Catfish
Pacific Station1991-1992TV SeriesDet. Bob Ballard
Death Warrant1990Hawkins
Fire and Rain1989TV MovieCarter
The Robert Guillaume Show1989TV SeriesEdward Sawyer
The Penthouse1989TV MovieEugene St. Clair
Lean on Me1989Dr. Frank Napier
Crossbow1987TV SeriesNolan Ben Sunniman Al Hedrem
Perry Mason: The Case of the Scandalous Scoundrel1987TV MovieHarlan Wade
They Still Call Me Bruce1987V.A. Officer
Wanted: Dead or Alive1987Philmore Walker
Hotel1986TV SeriesFrank Stoner
John Grin's Christmas1986TV MovieJohn Grin
Benson1979-1986TV SeriesBenson DuBois
North and South1985TV Mini-SeriesFrederick Douglass
Prince Jack1984Martin Luther King
The Kid with the 200 I.Q.1983TV MovieProfessor Mills
The Kid with the Broken Halo1982TV MovieBlake
Purlie1981TV MoviePurlie Victorious Judson
The Love Boat1980-1981TV SeriesFrank Belloque Allan Curtis
Seems Like Old Times1980Fred
Soap1977-1980TV SeriesBenson DuBois
Bob Hope in the Starmakers1980TV MovieThe Singer
The Kid from Left Field1979TV MovieLarry Cooper
Good Times1977TV SeriesFishbone
The Jeffersons1975TV SeriesCharles Thompson
All in the Family1975TV SeriesDr. Franklin
Sanford and Son1975TV SeriesAlbert Brock
Super Fly T.N.T.1973Jordan Gaines
Marcus Welby, M.D.1970TV SeriesAaron Carothers
Julia1969TV SeriesRobert Barron
Porgy in Wien1966TV Movie



Dinah!1979TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze2001Video performer: "The Lesson"
Sports Night1999-2000TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride1998Video performer: "Upendi"
The 38th Annual Tony Awards1984TV Special performer: "Another Hundred People", "Not a Day Goes By", "The Best of Times", "Milk and Honey", "Hello, Dolly!", "Mame"
The 37th Annual Tony Awards1983TV 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"
Purlie1981TV Movie performer: "New Fangled Preacher Man", "The Harder They Fall", "Down Home", "Walk Him Up the Stairs / Epilogue"
The Donna Summer Special1980TV Special performer: "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "The Man I Love"



John Grin's Christmas1986TV Movie executive producer
The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins1984TV Movie executive producer
The Kid with the 200 I.Q.1983TV Movie executive producer



John Grin's Christmas1986TV Movie



Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age2016Documentary post-productionHimself
Oprah: Where Are They Now?2016TV SeriesHimself
Home & Family2015TV SeriesHimself
Actors Reporter Interviews2015TV SeriesHimself
4TH NAFCA: African Oscar2014TV MovieHimself
Made in Hollywood2011TV SeriesHimself
Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition2011TV SeriesHimself
SAG Foundation Conversations2011TV SeriesHimself
Behind the Secrets of Jonathan Sperry2010Video documentary shortHimself
TV Land Moguls2009TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Florence Henderson Show2009TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley2007TV SeriesHimself
Gylne tider2006-2007TV Series documentaryHimself
TV Land's Top Ten2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The 4th Annual TV Land Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
TV Land Confidential2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Larry King Live2005TV SeriesHimself
Inside TV Land: Primetime Politics2004TV Special documentaryHimself
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years2004Video documentaryHimself
SoapTalk2003TV SeriesHimself
Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives2003DocumentaryReader
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood Squares2001TV SeriesHimself
31st NAACP Image Awards2000TV SpecialHimself
2nd Annual TV Guide Awards2000TV SpecialHimself - Winner: The Best Show You're Not Watching
2000 Essence Awards2000TV SpecialHimself
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1999TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
E! True Hollywood Story1999TV Series documentaryHimself
The 13th Annual Genesis Awards1999TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Hollywood & Vinyl1998TV SeriesHimself
Wheel of Fortune1997TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
Reading Rainbow1994TV SeriesHimself
Disney's Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra1994TV MovieHimself - Host
The Making of 'The Lion King'1994TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
Jeopardy!1992TV SeriesHimself - Contestant
In a New Light: A Call to Action in the War Against AIDS1992TV Movie documentaryHimself - Co-Host
One on One with John Tesh1992TV SeriesHimself
Great American Celebration1991TV MovieHimself
Walt Disney World's 20th Anniversary Celebration1991TV SpecialHimself
Motown 30: What's Goin' On!1990TV SpecialHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael1990TV SeriesHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1990TV SeriesHimself
22nd NAACP Image Awards1990TV SpecialHimself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars1985-1989TV SeriesHimself
The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards1989TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Favourite Female Television Performer
Good Morning America1978-1989TV SeriesHimself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1985-1989TV SeriesHimself
The Debbie Allen Special1989TV SpecialHimself
Living the Dream: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.1988TV SpecialHimself
The Wil Shriner Show1987TV SeriesHimself
The New Hollywood Squares1987TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Great Performances1987TV SeriesHimself
We the People 200: The Constitutional Gala1987TV MovieHimself - Performer
Passion and Memory1986TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host and Narrator
The Bob Monkhouse Show1986TV SeriesHimself
The 7th Annual Black Achievement Awards1986TV SpecialHimself
The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1985TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards1984TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
The Love Boat Fall Preview Special1984TV MovieHimself
The 38th Annual Tony Awards1984TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Featured Actress in a Play
Breakaway1984TV SeriesHimself
The 5th Annual Black Achievement Awards1984TV SpecialHimself - Host
The 41st Annual Golden Globe Awards1984TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy / Musical
Salute!1983TV SeriesHimself
Family Feud1979-1983TV SeriesHimself
The 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
The 37th Annual Tony Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Saturday Night Live1983TV SeriesHimself - Host / Various
Texaco Star Theater: Opening Night1983TV MovieHimself
The 34th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1982TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Presenter
Night of 100 Stars1982TV SpecialHimself
Magic with the Stars1982TV MovieHimself - Host
Games People Play1981TV SeriesHimself
Hour Magazine1981TV SeriesHimself
Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters1981TV SeriesHimself
The John Davidson Show1980TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host
3-2-1 Contact1980TV SeriesHimself
The Donna Summer Special1980TV SpecialAn Angel
Hot Hero Sandwich1979TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1978-1979TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Himself - Co-Host
The 2nd Annual Black Achievement Awards1979TV SpecialHimself - Host
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1979TV SeriesHimself
The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1979TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Comedy-Variety or Music Series & Presenter: Best Lead Actress / Actor in a Drama Series
Dinah!1979TV SeriesHimself
Sha Na Na1979TV SeriesHimself
The Alan Hamel Show1978TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Squares1978TV SeriesHimself
The Cheap Show1978TV SeriesHimself
The 32nd Annual Tony Awards1978TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Rich Little's Washington Follies1978TV SpecialHimself
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Jack Klugman1978TV SpecialHimself
The Jim Nabors Show1978TV SeriesHimself
'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, 'S Gershwin1972TV MovieHimself
The Leslie Uggams Show1969TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

The Wire2006TV SeriesBenson DuBois
The Lion King1994Video GameRafiki
Soap1978TV SeriesBenson DuBois

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005Interactive Achievement AwardAcademy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, USAOutstanding Achievement in Character Performance - MaleHalf-Life 2 (2004)
2001Golden NymphMonte-Carlo TV FestivalOutstanding Male Actor
1985Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesBenson (1979)
1984Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 28 November 1984. At 6675 Hollywood Blvd.
1979Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Comedy-Variety or Music SeriesSoap (1977)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2004TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsBest Broadcast ButlerSoap (1977)
2001Video Premiere AwardDVD Exclusive AwardsBest Animated Character PerformanceThe Land Before Time VIII: The Big Freeze (2001)· Zeon Davush (overseas supervising director)
· Bunis Yang (animation director overseas studio)
2001Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Comedy SeriesSports Night (1998)
2001Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Series, Comedy or MusicalSports Night (1998)
2000Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in an Animated ProgramHappily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995)
2000Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesSports Night (1998)
2000ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesSports Night (1998)· Josh Charles
· Felicity Huffman
· Peter Krause
· Sabrina Lloyd
· Joshua Malina
1999Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesSports Night (1998)
1999OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesSports Night (1998)
1999OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a New Comedy SeriesSports Night (1998)
1985Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalBenson (1979)
1984Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalBenson (1979)
1984Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesBenson (1979)
1983Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalBenson (1979)
1983Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesBenson (1979)
1982Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesBenson (1979)
1980Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesBenson (1979)

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

1He was awarded a Star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame on May 16, 1999.
2He 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).
3Acting mentor and friends with Missy Gold and Ethan Phillips.
4Friends 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.
5Is 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.
6Best known by the public for his starring role as the title character on Benson (1979).
7Remains good friends with Missy Gold during and after Benson (1979).
8He 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.
9He 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.
10Along with James Garner, he was among the original cast for The Powers That Be (1992) in the TV Guide Fall Preview.
11He was the producers first choice for the role of Tuvok on Star Trek: Voyager (1995), which eventually went to Tim Russ.
12Robert Guillaume was born as Robert Peter Williams (Guillaume is the French translation of William).
13Was nominated for Broadway's 1977 Tony Award a Best Actor (Musical) for a revival of "Guys and Dolls".
14Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 198. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
15Father of Kevin Guillaume and Rachel Guillaume (born 1990).
16Was once engaged to actress Fay Hauser.
17Attended Saint Louis University and Washington University.
18Suffered a mild stroke on the set of his television series Sports Night (1998) on January 14, 1999.
19His 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.
20There 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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