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Robert Guillaume

Robert Guillaume, who played the quick-witted and sarcastic Benson DuBois on Soap and the spinoff Benson, died at his Los Angeles home on October 24th after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 89.

"St. Louis' finest. He may not have called himself the HNIC (see ‘Lean on Me'), so I'll have to do it for him. RIP, sir," actor Sterling K. Brown wrote. "Thank you for paving the way.” Added Sports Night costar Josh Malina, "R.I.P. Robert Guillaume. Saw him play Nathan Detroit on Broadway in 1976. Made me want to be an actor. It was a thrill to work w him on SN."

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