Robert Goulet

Robert Goulet
Los Angeles Civic Light Opera


Robert Goulet
Film: South side of the 6300 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Actor | Singer
Born Nov. 26, 1933 in Lawrence, MA
Died Oct. 30, 2007 of interstitial pulmonary fibrosis in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Calif.

Robert Goulet was a strikingly handsome singer with a rich baritone who soared to stardom on the Broadway stage in 1960 playing Lancelot in the original production of the hit musical "Camelot."

The American-born Goulet, who moved to Canada as a young teenager, was a popular singer on Canadian television when he auditioned for the role of the brave young knight in Lerner and Loewe's "Camelot," opposite Julie Andrews' Guenevere and Richard Burton's King Arthur.

Goulet won a Grammy Award for best new artist in 1962 and went on to win a Tony Award as best actor in a musical for his portrayal of Jacques Bonnard in Kander and Ebb's "The Happy Time" in 1968.

During his 1960s and early '70s heyday, Goulet turned out a string of hit record albums, appeared frequently on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and other popular TV variety shows, and starred in his own TV specials, as well as TV productions of "Brigadoon," "Carousel" and "Kiss Me, Kate."

Goulet segued into movies in 1962 when he and Garland provided the lead feline vocal characterizations for the animated film "Gay Purr-ee."

He went on to star in several films, including the 1964 comedies "Honeymoon Hotel" (with Nancy Kwan) and "I'd Rather Be Rich" (with Sandra Dee). He also guest-starred on TV series such as "The Bell Telephone Hour" and "The Patty Duke Show" and starred in a short-lived spy drama series "Blue Light" in 1966.

Goulet also sang at the White House for Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon and headlined in Las Vegas. He even earned a footnote in the saga of Elvis Presley: Goulet was performing on television when Elvis famously blasted his TV screen with a handgun.

Goulet returned to the Broadway stage a number of times over the years, including playing King Arthur in a brief 1993 revival of "Camelot," and taking over the lead in a revival of the musical comedy "La Cage Aux Folles" in 2005.

When Goulet died two years later, pianist Roger Williams called his friend "a monumental presence on the stage."

"He really could do it all — act, dance and was as funny as hell, especially when he was making fun of himself," William said. "Robert always took his craft seriously but never took himself seriously. Oh, how we will miss this great guy."

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