NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Guillaume, who won Emmy Awards for his roles on “Soap” and “Benson,” has died at age 89.
Guillaume’s widow Donna Brown Guillaume says the actor and singer died Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. She tells The Associated Press he had been battling prostate cancer. In addition to his television work, Robert Guillaume was the first African-American to sing the title role of “Phantom of the Opera,” appearing with an all-white cast in Los Angeles.READ MORE: 'This Is All About Inclusion': The 5 Simple Rules Of Wheelchair Etiquette
Guillaume rose to stardom after being born into squalid conditions in the slums of St. Louis in November 1927.READ MORE: John Jones Pleads Guilty In Hit-And-Run Crash That Killed Bridget O'Keefe Dunn
He was nominated for a Tony Award in 1977 for his role in the first all-black version of “Guys and Dolls.”MORE NEWS: Aaron Rodgers Enters Uncertain Offseason After Dashed Postseason Hopes
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