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Robert Gerard Goulet

Also Known As: "Bob"
Birthplace: Lawrence, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA, Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States
Death: October 30, 2007 (73)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA, Los Angeles, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Georges André Goulet and Jeanette Alice Goulet
Husband of Vera Chochorovska Goulet and Private
Ex-husband of Private and Private
Father of Nicolette Ginette Fowlar; Private and Private
Brother of Claire Dumont

Occupation: Singer, actor, television actor, Entertainer, Actor
Managed by: Private User
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About Robert Gerard Goulet

From Wikipedia (English):

Robert Gerard Goulet (November 26, 1933 – October 30, 2007) was an American singer and actor of French Canadian ancestry and Canadian upbringing and training after birth in Massachusetts. He originated the role of Lancelot in the 1960 Broadway musical Camelot and made numerous appearances in Las Vegas.

Early life

Goulet was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on Greenvile St. in the Tower Hill section only son of Jeanette (née Gauthier) and Joseph Georges André Goulet, a laborer. His parents were both of French Canadian ancestry. He was a descendant of French-Canadian pioneers Zacharie Cloutier and Jacques Goulet. Shortly after his father's death, 13-year-old Robert moved with his mother and sister Claire to Girouxville, Alberta, and he spent his formative years in Canada.

After living in Girouxville, Alberta, for several years, they moved to the provincial capital of Edmonton to take advantage of the performance opportunities offered in the city. There, he attended the famous voice schools founded by Herbert G. Turner and Jean Letourneau, and later became a radio announcer for radio station CKUA. Upon graduating from Victoria Composite high school, Goulet received a scholarship to The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. There, he studied voice with famed oratorio baritones, George Lambert and Ernesto Vinci.

In 1952, he competed in CBC Television's Pick The Stars, ultimately making the semifinals. This led to other network appearances on shows like Singing Stars of Tomorrow, Opportunity Knocks, and the Canadian version of Howdy Doody in which he starred opposite William Shatner.

Final illness

On September 30, 2007, Goulet was hospitalized in Las Vegas, where he was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a rare but rapidly progressive and potentially fatal condition. On October 13, 2007, he was transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after it was determined he would not survive without an emergency lung transplant.

Goulet died on October 30, 2007, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, while awaiting a lung transplant, and his remains were cremated. He was less than a month short of his 74th birthday.


Goulet was often subject to parody in Saturday Night Live skits in which he was portrayed by comedian Will Ferrell. In one segment Will Ferrell, portraying Goulet, performed multiple songs from a farce compilation album titled Coconut Bangers Ball: It's A Rap! Ferrell performed "Big Poppa" by The Notorious B.I.G., as well as the "Thong Song" by Sisqo, in a mock crooning style similar to that of Goulet. He is also known for singing the theme song for the talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which he recorded in 2003.

The American Mustache Institute presents The Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year Award to the person who best-represents or contributes to the Mustached American community during that year.

Actor. Singer. Born Robert Gerard Goulet in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the only son of French Canadian parents, Joseph and Jeannette Goulet. At age eleven he made his singing debut with ‘Lead Kindly Light' in his church hall. At thirteen he and his family moved to Canada where he made his professional debut at 16 with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. He attended the Royal Conservatory of Music, University of Toronto, on a scholarship. After graduation he became a popular male ingénue in theatre and on television, finally landing a job as host of the weekly variety show for CBCTV. On December 3, 1960 he made his Broadway debut in the role of Lancelot du Lac in the original run of ‘Camelot' which turned him into an international star. He remained with the play until it closed after 873 performances on January 5, 1963. Goulet won a Grammy Award in 1962 as best new artist and made the singles chart in 1964 with ‘My Love Forgive Me.' he returned to Broadway in 1968 winning the Tony Award for best actor in a musical in ‘The Happy Time.' He also appeared in feature films including "I'd Rather Be Rich' in 1964; ‘Scrooged' in 1988; and ‘Toy Story' in 1999; as well as numerous guest roles on television series including ‘Police Story;' ‘Matt Houston;' and ‘Murder She Wrote.' Goulet's humor was showcased in a recent series of advertisement for Emerald nuts in which he disrupts offices of dozing workers. His last performance was in the one-man show ‘A Man and his Music.' On September 30, 2007, he was hospitalized in Las Vegas, diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis; on October 13 he was transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Goulet died there while awaiting an emergency lung transplant.

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Robert Gerard Goulet's Timeline

November 26, 1933
Lawrence, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA, Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States
June 9, 1956
Toronto, ON, Canada
October 30, 2007
Age 73
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA, Los Angeles, California, United States