Robert Guillaume Did Richard Pryor Bits Between Takes on 'Sports?Night' Set

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Josh Charles remembers the late actor who won fame as 'Benson' and then co-starred with him on ABC's 'Sports?Night' from 1998 to 2000.

When I heard the news that Robert had died on Oct. 24, I had this image of him singing one day on set. I couldn't tell you the song, as my memory is not that strong, but I can tell you that through the tears, that memory made me smile.

We had a wonderful rapport, both on- and offscreen. I think Isaac [Guillaume's character] was a father figure for many of the show's characters, but because Dan [Charles' anchorman character] had a fractured relationship with his own father, theirs felt particularly special.

I always believed Dan thought of Isaac in that light. Any scene with him was always special and fun. He was so laid-back and made everything — acting, life — look so damn easy. We used to make each other laugh doing Richard Pryor bits between takes. There was no better feeling than making him laugh.

This story first appeared in the Nov. 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.