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April 5, 1989 | NIKKI FINKE, Times Staff Writer
To listen to Robert Guillaume explain it, his new ABC-TV sitcom is not a lot of things. It's not controversial. It's not anything like his old show, "Benson." It's not another "Cosby" clone. And, above all else, it's not just about an interracial romance. All right, then, what exactly is "The Robert Guillaume Show," which debuts at 9:30 tonight on Channels 7, 3, 10 and 42? The 60-year-old actor is suddenly very unhappy with this line of questioning.
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December 30, 2002 | Gayle Pollard-Terry, Times Staff Writer
"I'm a bastard, a Catholic, the son of a prostitute, and a product of the poorest slums of St. Louis," says Robert Guillaume, reading from the opening of his memoir to a standing-room-only crowd at Eso Won bookstore, on La Brea Avenue near Baldwin Hills. " ... How did I get from there to here?"
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September 2, 1994 | VINCE KOWALICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Actor Robert Guillaume never planned on playing the part of narrator of children's books. Nor did Guillaume--best known as TV's "Benson" and for his well-received stint as Michael Crawford's replacement in the title role of the Los Angeles production of "Phantom of the Opera"--ever envision himself as a publisher. For all Guillaume's success on stage and screen, it was his search for reading material for his 5-year-old daughter that led him to diversify his roles.
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September 2, 1994 | VINCE KOWALICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Actor Robert Guillaume never planned on playing the part of narrator of children's books. Nor did Guillaume--best known as TV's "Benson" and for his well-received stint as Michael Crawford's replacement in the title role of the Los Angeles production of "Phantom of the Opera"--ever envision himself as a publisher. For all Guillaume's success on stage and screen, it was his search for reading material for his 5-year-old daughter that led him to diversify his roles.
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May 3, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"The Phantom of the Opera," May 1, 1990. Act I, Scene I. Fade out Crawford. Fade in Guillaume. Actor Robert Guillaume on Tuesday stepped into the mask of the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical at the Ahmanson Theatre, only two days after original Phantom Michael Crawford took his final bows and left the same stage to thunderous ovations and cries of "Please Don't Go!"
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April 29, 1990 | AMY HERSH
"You'd be surprised at the responses I get from people when I tell them I'm playing the phantom of the opera," Robert Guillaume says, laughing'Well, what are you gonna do in it? Tell jokes? Are you gonna make it a comedy?' People think it's Benson who'll be doing it." No, it won't be TV's butler-turned-lieutenant-governor playing the deformed, mad, lovesick composer in Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical.
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May 18, 1991
Come on! Robert Guillaume as the Phantom less sexy than Michael Crawford? ("Who Is That Masked Man?" by Sylvie Drake, May 2.) I saw Guillaume when I was 60, and he knocked my socks off. BETTY MASNER Monterey Park
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August 16, 1990 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Guillaume's Good Spirit: Robert Guillaume will receive an "EMI," the first USC Black Alumni Assn. award, on Friday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The EMI, pronounced "eh-MEE," means "good spirit" in the Yoruban language of Nigeria. The award acknowledges Guillaume's consistent acceptance of roles that are positive models for African Americans. The presentation, which follows Guillaume's "Phantom of the Opera" performance, will feature Mayor Tom Bradley as a speaker.
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August 15, 1990 | FROM TIMES WIRE SERVICES
Stage and television actor Robert Guillaume, now starring in "Phantom of the Opera" at the Ahmanson Theatre will receive the first University of Southern California Emi Award on Friday. Guillaume is being recognized by the USC Black Alumni Association / Ebonics Support Group (BAA) for his commitment to portraying African-American characters with positive images and his unfledging support for education.
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May 2, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"The Phantom of the Opera," May 1, 1990. Act I, Scene I. Fade out Crawford. Fade in Guillaume. Actor Robert Guillaume on Tuesday stepped into the mask of the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical at the Ahmanson Theatre, only two days after original Phantom Michael Crawford took his final bows and left the same stage to thunderous ovations and cries of "Please Don't Go!"
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August 20, 1992 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Guillaume, like many actors and actresses, is not a big fan of watching himself on television. But Guillaume says he has no problem watching his performance as Hoke Colburn, the patient and helpful chauffeur, in the series pilot of "Driving Miss Daisy," a television comedy version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play and the Academy Award-winning film airing Friday on CBS at 8 p.m.
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September 15, 1991 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Now you see Robert Guillaume. Now you don't. Now you do again. Theater audiences in Los Angeles who took in "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Music Center last year might have thought that about Guillaume, who crept in and out of a labyrinth lair as the murderous and elusive masked man for eight months.
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May 18, 1991
Come on! Robert Guillaume as the Phantom less sexy than Michael Crawford? ("Who Is That Masked Man?" by Sylvie Drake, May 2.) I saw Guillaume when I was 60, and he knocked my socks off. BETTY MASNER Monterey Park
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August 16, 1990 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Guillaume's Good Spirit: Robert Guillaume will receive an "EMI," the first USC Black Alumni Assn. award, on Friday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The EMI, pronounced "eh-MEE," means "good spirit" in the Yoruban language of Nigeria. The award acknowledges Guillaume's consistent acceptance of roles that are positive models for African Americans. The presentation, which follows Guillaume's "Phantom of the Opera" performance, will feature Mayor Tom Bradley as a speaker.
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August 15, 1990 | FROM TIMES WIRE SERVICES
Stage and television actor Robert Guillaume, now starring in "Phantom of the Opera" at the Ahmanson Theatre will receive the first University of Southern California Emi Award on Friday. Guillaume is being recognized by the USC Black Alumni Association / Ebonics Support Group (BAA) for his commitment to portraying African-American characters with positive images and his unfledging support for education.
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May 8, 1990 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER WRITER
Those who've harbored concerns that "The Phantom of the Opera" minus Michael Crawford might be a banquet without a main course can set aside their fears. A glance Sunday at Crawford's replacement--Robert Guillaume--gave every indication that the feast may have shifted somewhat, but that it does go on. And a feast it is. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, less than a month away from celebrating its first year in Los Angeles, is in rip-roaring shape: a sumptuous, smooth-as-silk super-spectacle.
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May 3, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"The Phantom of the Opera," May 1, 1990. Act I, Scene I. Fade out Crawford. Fade in Guillaume. Actor Robert Guillaume on Tuesday stepped into the mask of the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical at the Ahmanson Theatre, only two days after original Phantom Michael Crawford took his final bows and left the same stage to thunderous ovations and cries of "Please Don't Go!"
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