The brilliant actor behind ‘Benson DuBois’ in 80’s hit show Benson, Robert Guillaume, passed away on Tuesday in his home in Los Angeles, according to wife Donna.



Recently battled prostate cancer, the 89-year-old actor died “the way everyone wishes they could, surrounded by love and in his sleep.”

“He was a good father and a good husband. He was a great, great person,” Donna said.

Aside from portraying the level-headed butler Benson from 1979-1986, Guillaume also did “A Different World,” “Sports Night,” “Lion King,” and “Guys and Dolls.”

According to Donna, her husband really loved making music, entertaining, and making people laugh. Furthermore, Guillaume bagged an Emmy Award in 1985 for his role in Benson, while he was also the first African-American to play the title role in “Phantom of the Opera.”