Actor Robert Guillaume has passed away.

FOX's Michelle Pollino has more:

Robert Guillaume has died at the age of 89. The award-winning actor was the first African-American to sing the title role of "Phantom of the Opera," appearing with an all-white cast in Los Angeles. Many will remember him as the sarcastic butler in "Soap" who ended up being the voice of sanity in the series...

That show also launched "Benson." He said to the Television Academy about his character, Benson wasn't subservient to anyone, saying Benson was the revenge for all those stereotyped guys in the 40's and 50's.

Michelle Pollino, Fox News.

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