His role on both shows earned him two Emmys. He later starred in “The Robert Guillaume Show,” but the series was canceled after just four months.
Guillaume also voiced Rafiki in Disney’s 1994 animated movie “The Lion King.” He won a Grammy for a spoken word recording for his narration of a read-aloud version of “The Lion King” in 1995. Guillaume also starred on “Sports Night.” He played Nathan Detroit in an all-black version of “Guys and Dolls” and for which he got a Tony nomination in 1977. Guillaume also made history as the first African-American to play the the title role in “Phantom of the Opera.”
During his career, he made several guest appearances on sitcoms such as “8 Simple Rules,” “All in the Family,” “Good Times,” “Sanford and Son” and “The Jeffersons.”
Guillaume is survived by his second wife, one son and three daughters.