If your from my generation you knew him as the title character on Benson, a spinoff of the soap opera parody Soap when ABC saw his potential to head his own show, as well as co-starring in two made-for-TV movies with Gary Coleman. Later fans may know him as Robert Townsend’s father in The Meteor Man or the voice of Rafiki in the Lion King movies. Unfortunately, actor Robert Guillaume has passed away at 89-years-old. Despite a hard life and some personal missteps due to that life, he managed to break ground for black characters and leaves behind a good body of work. My condolences to his family and friends.