Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Robert Goulet (1933-2007)
The music world lost one of it's most adored icons yesterday, Grammy Award winner Mr. Robert Goulet. Goulet died of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis while awaiting a lung transplant. Goulet rose to stardom as Sir Lancelot in the Broadway musical Camelot in 1960, co-starring Richard Burton and Julie Andrews. Before inserting a breathing tube, the ever-humorous Goulet told his doctors, "Just watch my vocal cords."
Goulet appeared in numerous stage performances, films, and recordings including Tim Burton's Beetlejuice and Scrooged starring Bill Murray. Goulet was known, like Shatner, for being open-minded when it came to entertainment jobs. He appeared on The Simpsons, Naked Gun 2 1/2, and even sang the National Anthem at Wrestlemania VI. Those unfamiliar with his professional work are likely to have seen Will Farrell's popularized impression of Goulet on Saturday Night Live (below) as well as Late Night with Conan O'Brian.