Robert Guillaume, the voice of The Lion King's Rafiki has passed away, aged 89

Robert Guillaume, the voice of The Lion King's Rafiki has passed away, aged 89

Everyone who watched The Lion King (so basically everybody alive) owes Robert Guillaume a great deal of their childhood. The actor has passed away at the age of 89, after a battle with prostate cancer.

Guillaume has two sons and one daughter. His first-ever acting job was on Broadway, in 1961, for a production of Kwamina. His career lasted over fifty years, seeing him play a leading role in ABC's hit sitcom Benson, as well as appearances in sitcoms such as Saved by the Bell.

He was most famous for playing the voice of Rafiki, the colorful mandrill (a type of monkey) who held up baby Simba at the edge of Pride Rock, in The Lion King's iconic opening. Since then, Rafiki was a guide and confidant for Simba, even when swatting him over the head with his staff.

Robert Guillaume left an iconic impression on us all throughout his career as an actor. Rest in peace.