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Brian O'Neill
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Posted: 24 October 2017 at 2:53pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Soap, Benson, Sportsnight, The Lion King', and even 'The Phantom of the Opera', a very talented man. He'll be missed.
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Posted: 24 October 2017 at 3:21pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

That's a shame. Liked his work.


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Posted: 24 October 2017 at 3:25pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Talented guy I was always happy to see in whatever he did. Sad to hear of his passing.
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Posted: 24 October 2017 at 4:23pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I completely missed seeing Soap when it was at its peak, and I only saw him a few times on Benson. But I absolutely loved his work on Sports Night

My sympathies to his family.

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Posted: 24 October 2017 at 4:41pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Sad.
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Posted: 24 October 2017 at 4:52pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Sad to hear.  

The voice of sanity on SOAP. He was brilliant. 
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Posted: 24 October 2017 at 7:02pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

I really enjoyed Mr. Gulliaume on BENSON and SOAP.

Now that he has passed, I can think of no more appropriate words to
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“We love you, Fishbone!”
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As a kid, I probably watched every single episode of BENSON, back in its '80s heyday.

Guillaume was just so likable... not just pleasant to watch, but someone you wish you could hang out with in "real life."

A great actor, and a great career.  RIP



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Posted: 24 October 2017 at 9:43pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

RIP.
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Posted: 24 October 2017 at 11:02pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

I watched a lot of BENSON as a kid. Also saw him on stage in his turn on PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. And I loved him in Lion King.
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Posted: 25 October 2017 at 4:24am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Sad news. A fine actor, and his Benson was funny.
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I got the chance to serve him several times in the late 90s when I was a waiter at Jerry's Famous Deli in Studio City.  It was before his stroke and during the time in which he was shooting SPORTS NIGHT.  Always sat by himself at the counter.  Ordered the same thing every time and generally didn't want to be bothered.  Knowing his work like I did, I absolutely respected that and kept my distance except to serve him.  

That job (very short lived as I hated the hours and was tired of being a waiter) did allow me to meet several of my heroes who are now sadly no longer with us.  I met and got to thank both John Ritter and Frank Gorshin.  I waited on Rick James for several hours late, late at night. As much as I sometimes look back on the actual job itself and shudder, I also know how lucky I was to have gotten the opportunity to meet those I otherwise wouldn't have met. 
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Posted: 25 October 2017 at 4:59pm | IP Logged | 13 post reply

Sad news. I enjoyed him on Benson as a kid and when I later discovered Soap I realized how much I loved him on camera. Thanks for sharing the stories, Matt.
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Posted: 26 October 2017 at 5:44pm | IP Logged | 14 post reply

I hoped many years ago that, with the Benson/Star Trek connections of Rene Auberjonois and Ethan Philips, that Robert Guillaume might have turned up at some point on any of the 'latter-day Trek' series in a cameo as a retired Starfleet admiral, diplomat, alien 'elder'...anything.
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Posted: 26 October 2017 at 6:29pm | IP Logged | 15 post reply

How many remember that he hosted Saturday Night Live in 1983?

I was almost 15 and remember it pretty well...
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For those of you who may not have seen Robert Guillaume on the short-lived TV series SPORTS NIGHT (ABC), this is his dialogue from one of my favorite episodes... 

“Exaudio, comperio, conloquor." That's a Latin phrase that translates "To listen, to learn, to speak." Those words are carved into the stone arches that form the entrance to the undergraduate library at Tennessee Western University. This afternoon, an extraordinary young man named Roland Shepard made what had to have been an excruciating decision. He said he wasn't playing football under a Confederate flag. Six of his teammates then chose not to let Shepard stand alone. And I choose to join them at this moment. In the history of the South, there's much to celebrate. And that flag is a desecration of all of it. It's a banner of hatred and separation. It's a banner of ignorance and violence and a war that pitted brother against brother, and to ask young black men and women, young Jewish men and women, Asians, Native Americans, to ask Americans to walk beneath its shadow is a humiliation of irreducible proportions. And we all know it. Tennessee Western has produced some outstanding alumni in the past hundred years. People of wisdom and vision. Strength and compassion. One of them is Luther Sachs. Luther Sachs owns Continental Corp. Which owns the Continental Sports Channel, which you're watching right now. Luther Sachs is a generous alumni contributor to Tennessee Western, with a considerable influence over its chancellor, Davis Blake, and its board of trustees. Luther, you've got a phone call to make. You've got to call Chancellor Blake, and tell him to take down that flag, or he can stop looking for your checks in the mail. You've got to put these young men back in a classroom. And I mean pronto. These boys are going to make you proud one day, Luther. I challenge you to do the right thing. Not an unreasonable request to make of a man whose alma mater declares, "Exaudio, comperio, conloquor." "To listen, to learn, to speak." In the meantime, God go with you, Roland Shepard, and you six Southern gentlemen of Tennessee. God's not done with any of you yet.” 

~ actor Robert Guillaume, as producer Isaac Jaffe, from Sports Night, Season 1, Episode 11, “The Six Southern Gentlemen of Tennessee

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Posted: 27 October 2017 at 2:23pm | IP Logged | 17 post reply

Loved his character as Benson on SOAP. Not much so with his own show. But a good actor through and through. 

RIP

PS - Wallace, I see you sneaking GOOD TIMES quotes in there.  :-)


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Posted: 31 October 2017 at 9:35pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Marc, here's a possibly fun fact --

Guillaume was supposed to host SNL in 1981 and was a few days into rehearsal when NBC decided to fire the producer (Jean Doumanian) and several cast members in the wake of a generally disastrous season and Charles Rocket f-bombing on the air. So that episode was canceled and the show returned a few weeks later under Dick Ebersole (then went back on hiatus till the fall due to a writer's strike). Guillaume eventually got to host in 83, as you said.
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PS - Wallace, I see you sneaking GOOD TIMES quotes in there. :-)



Nice! I didn't think anyone would catch that, James.
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Wallace Sellars
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Posted: 01 November 2017 at 10:25am | IP Logged | 20 post reply

I guess it's apropos that a James would get it though!
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Posted: 01 November 2017 at 1:52pm | IP Logged | 21 post reply

...and with my middle being Evans

I better catch that reference.
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Posted: 01 November 2017 at 6:23pm | IP Logged | 22 post reply

Noah - that was an interesting fact, thanks for sharing!
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Posted: 01 November 2017 at 11:37pm | IP Logged | 23 post reply

There are a number of Youtube clips from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences series of interview with Emmy winners. Unfortunately for Guillaume, in one clip, he discusses playing 'Fishbone', but claims that it was in an episode of THE JEFFERSONS, and his attempt to further explain the character and the story is  a bit disjointed, most likely due to his stroke(although his speech had improved from the latter days of SPORTS NIGHT. Guillaume ends up the segment withh, 'Well, you had to be there!'
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Posted: 07 November 2017 at 12:28am | IP Logged | 24 post reply

Sad to hear this. Loved him on Soap. Didn’t realize how old he was. 89 is a respectable age, but it doesn’t lessen the loss. RIP
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Posted: 07 November 2017 at 8:15pm | IP Logged | 25 post reply

...and with my middle being Evans

I better catch that reference.



There is that...
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