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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Robert Goulet Dies

Robert Goulet
died Tuesday night, he was 73 years old. He died while awaiting a lung transplant.

From Variety:

    Robert Goulet, the singer and actor who became inextricably linked with the Broadway show in which he made his debut, "Camelot," died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 73.

    Goulet had been hospitalized since Oct. 13 breathing through a ventilator while awaiting a lung transplant.

    He had taken ill while flying home to Las Vegas after performing a Sept. 20 concert in Syracuse, N.Y. Ten days after doctors diagnosed his ailment as minor, he was rushed to the hospital.

    Born Nov. 26, 1933 to French-Canadian parents in Lawrence, Mass., he was raised in Edmonton, Alberta and in his late teen years appeared on Canadian television. He moved to New York to look for acting work and in 1960 made his Broadway debut portraying Sir Lancelot in "Camelot" opposite Richard Burton and Julie Andrews. A favorite on the "Ed Sullivan Show" during that show's run, Goulet made his recording debut for Columbia Records in 1961, which earned him the Grammy for best new artist, topping Peter, Paul and Mary and the Four Seasons.

    Goulet had only two minor hit singles, "My Love, Forgive Me (Amore, Scusami)" and "What Kind of Fool Am I?," and in 1970 gave up on his recording career to focus on television and concerts.


    He is survived by his wife, Vera, two sons Christopher and Michael, his daughter Nicolette, and his two grandchildren.

Goulet had "pipes" and a great voice. He also leaves behind a great body of work in film and television, notably 1991's "The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear" and in 1993 appearing on "The Simpsons" .

Two interesting videos below. The first is one of a series of commercials he did for ESPN and I think it's pretty funny. The second is a medley of his hits.

thats a great bit, thanks for the link.
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