A graduate of the University of Denver, Dean Zanetos is a film and television producer and director who also served for eight years as director of video production for the Sonoma Jazz Festival. In addition to producing Movies of the Week for both ABC and NBC, Dean Zanetos produced The Robert Guillaume Show.
Robert Guillaume‘s first acting credit was in the 1966 TV movie Porgy in Wien and he was later cast in episodes of Sanford and Son, All in the Family, the Jeffersons, and Good Times. He received his first big break in the TV series Soap, in which he played Benson DuBois for three seasons. The character received its own spin-off series, aptly titled Benson, which ran from 1979 to 1986.
Although his next project, The Robert Guillaume Show, lasted only one season in 1989, it has maintained a favorable rating on the Internet Movie Database, a testament to its long-term appeal.
Following The Robert Guillaume Show, the veteran actor continued to appear in episodes of popular TV series such as A Different World, Saved by the Bell, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Guillaume was nominated for three Golden Globes throughout his career. He passed away on October 24, 2017 at 89 years old.