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Robert Goulet Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Nov 26, 1933
  • Died: Oct 30, 2007

Robert Goulet was raised in Edmonton, Alberta and trained at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. After several years' worth of straw-hat musical appearances on both sides of the border--as well as a stint as a Canadian kiddie-show host named "Timber Tom"--Goulet made his triumphant Broadway debut in 1959 as Lancelot in [[Performer~P177296~Lerner~lerner]] and Loewe'sCamelot. His signature tune in that show was "If Ever I Would Leave You," which proved an even bigger hit as a record single. On the strength of this song and others like "What Kind of Fool Am I," Goulet earned a Grammy award in 1962. Two years later, his album [[Feature~V171480~My Love Forgive Me~prosti]] went gold, and in 1965, he won a Tony for his performance in the Broadway musical [[Feature~V94313~The Happy Time~thehappytime]]. Goulet's bid for film stardom in 1964 yielded the disappointing [[Feature~V95526~Honeymoon Hotel~honeymoonhotel]]; he fared better on television, starring in the 1966 espionage series [[Feature~V6269~Blue Light~thebluelight]] and headlining TV adaptations of [[Feature~V7124~Brigadoon~brigadoon]], [[Feature~V8336~Carousel~carousel]] and [[Feature~V27525~Kiss Me Kate~kissmekate]]. He returned to films in the early 1980s, essaying campy character roles in [[Feature~V4624~Beetlejuice~beetlejuice]] (1988) and Naked Gun 2 1/2 (1990); most often, as in [[Feature~V3228~Atlantic City~atlanticcity]] (1980) and [[Feature~V43277~Scrooged~scrooged]] (1988), he has guest-starred as "himself." Having recently survived a life-threatening bout with colon cancer, Goulet recovered sufficiently to perform in a multi-city tour of [[Feature~V7934~Camelot~camelot]], this time in the leading role of King Arthur. Married three times, Robert Goulet's second wife was actress/singer [[Performer~P40905~Carol Lawrence~carollawrence]]. He died of pulmonary fibrosis in 2007. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi