Groundbreaking Actor Robert Guillaume Dies at 89
He made his mark. Guillaume, known most recently as Isaac Jaffe on Aaron Sorkin’s Sports Night, was the first Black man to win an Emmy for lead actor in a comedy series. The St. Louis native won that award (and another for supporting actor) playing the role of Benson DuBois on Soap and its spinoff, Benson. He also won a Grammy as the voice of Rafiki in The Lion King. Guillaume’s wife confirmed that he died yesterday of complications of prostate cancer after a six-decade career in TV, film and theater.