Goulet continued voice training through 1952-1954 with famed oratorio baritone George Lambert and Ernesto Vinci on a Royal Conservatory Of Music scholarship.
He became a semi-finalist in 1952 on CBC-TV's Pick The Stars which led to other network appearances on shows like Singing Stars Of Tomorrow and Opportunity Knocks.
In 1959, Goulet was introduced to librettist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe, who were having difficulty casting the role of Lancelot in their stage production Camelot. Lerner and Loewe, impressed by Goulet's talent, signed the virtual newcomer to play the part, opposite Richard Burton's King Arthur and Julie Andrews' Queen Guenevere. In October of 1960, Camelot opened in Toronto, briefly ran for a four-week engagement in Boston, and finally opened on Broadway in December of that year. Goulet received favorable reviews, most notably for his show-stopping romantic ballad If Ever I Would Leave You.
Goulet began working in films in 1962, providing the singing voice of one of the characters in the animated feature Gay Purr-ee. His first acting role was in His and Hers (1964), but it was not until an appearance as a singer in Louis Malle's Atlantic City (1981) that Goulet was given critical acclaim. He was absent from the screen for seven years until he was cast by Tim Burton as a houseguest blown through the roof by Beetlejuice and also played himself in Bill Murray's Scrooged (both 1988). In 1991, Goulet starred, along with John Putch and Hillary Bailey Smith, in the unsold television series pilot Acting Sheriff. In 1996, he appeared in Ellen DeGeneres' first starring vehicle, Mr. Wrong, as an insecure TV host.
Goulet remains popular in Las Vegas and performs in hotels and in concerts around the world.
Robert Goulet Facts
|Robert Gerard Goulet
|November 26, 1933
|Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA
|Date of death
|October 30, 2007 (age 73)
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