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Robert Guillaume Has Died

Another piece of my childhood has perished today.

Robert Guillaume, best known for his role as Benson DuBois on “Soap” and the spinoff “Benson,” died at his Los Angeles home after battling prostate cancer.

He was 89.

Via Rolling Stone:

In 1977, Guillaume took on the role of DuBois, a butler to the wealthy Tate family, on ABC’s soap-opera parody sitcom Soap. The role was such a hit with viewers that the network created Benson in 1979, where it remained on the air through 1986.

On the spinoff, DuBois was promoted to managing the governor’s mansion, eventually running for political office himself. In 2015, the show ranked among Rolling Stone’s 20 Best TV Spin-offs. “To me, Benson was the revenge for all those stereotyped guys who looked like Benson in the Forties and Fifties [movies] and had to keep their mouths shut,” Guillaume said in 2001, according to the AP.

Rest in paradise, Robert.