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Robert Guillaume, Emmy-winning for 'Soap' actor, dies at 89

4 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago Tuesday, October 24 2017 Oct 24, 2017 October 24, 2017 7:22 PM October 24, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
NEW YORK - 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 (pronounced with a hard "g'': gee-yome) was the first African-American to sing the title role of "Phantom of the Opera," appearing with an all-white cast in Los Angeles.
Guillaume rose to stardom after being born into squalid conditions in the slums of St. Louis in November 1927.
He was nominated for a Tony Award in 1977 for his role in the first all-black version of "Guys and Dolls."

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