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Robert Goulet

Robert Goulet
Year Of Induction: 2006
Area Of Recognition: Music
Life: Nov. 26, 1933 - Oct. 30, 2007
Birth Place: Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA

Goulet's vocal talents illuminate every medium of the entertainment world. A Grammy, Tony and an Emmy winner, he is a legendary artist of striking power.

You could say Goulet's career in showbiz was launched when he moved with his family to Edmonton at the age of 13. It wasn't long before he became a DJ on CKUA, a local radio station. While in Edmonton, Goulet won a singing scholarship at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and in 1951, he made his concert debut in Edmonton as part of Handel's Messiah.

His illustrious career has spanned over half a century and he is considered one of the greatest baritones of our times. Equally adept at picking up nuances of a Broadway musical, caressing the lyric of a romantic ballad or amplifying the excitement of a swinging melody, he has enriched the lives of music lovers worldwide. He took Broadway by storm and won the Theatre World Award with his debut as Sir Lancelot in the original Camelot (1960) also starring Richard Burton and Julie Andrews. Mr. Goulet achieved instant recognition as one of American theaters' most charismatic and talented musical stars. Since his Broadway debut Mr. Goulet has been on a remarkable journey.

A stage veteran, his many credits include: Sunshine Town, Thunder Rock, The Optimist, Dreamgirl, Carousel, Finian's Rainbow, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Pajama Game, Beggars Opera, Bells Are Ringing, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Happy Time, I Do, I Do, On A Clear Day, Kiss Me Kate, The Fantasticks, South Pacific, Camelot (as King Arthur), Moon Over Buffalo, and Man Of La Mancha, La Cage aux Folles".

His numerous television appearances include his own series Blue Light, his specials An Hour with Robert Goulet, The Robert Goulet Special, The Bob Goulet Special-Staring Robert Goulet as well as The Name Of the Game, Police Story, Cannon, Dream Merchants, Fantasy Island, Make My Day, In the Heat Of The Night, The Simpson's (Radio Mercury Gold Award - Humor), Based On An Untrue Story, Burke's Law, Get Smart, ESPN College Basketball Campaigns, Disney's Recess, George and Leo, Just Shoot Me, Two Guys And A Girl, Nikki and My Favorite Broadway, Las Vegas, King Of Queens. He has recorded over 60 best-selling albums, and his film credits range from the animated feature film Gay Purr-ee co-starring the voice of Judy Garland to Honeymoon Hotel, I'd Rather Be Rich, I Deal In Danger, Underground, Atlantic City, Beetlejuice, Scrooged, Naked Gun 2 ½ , Mr. Wrong,, The Last Producer, G-Men From Hell and Toy Story II and Disney's animated feature Recess.

Mr. Goulet is a spokesman for the American Cancer Society and periodically gives lectures on Cancer Awareness, Prevention and Early Detection. He is a father of three children; sons Christopher and Michael, and daughter Nicolette, who is the mother of his grandchildren, Jordan Gerard and Solange. He married Macedonian-Yugoslavian-born Vera Chochorovska Novak in 1982. Vera runs their companies and is also his business manager.

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." He passed away on October 30, 2007, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.