I enjoy entertainers that do not take themselves very seriously. One of my favorite episodes of The Simpsons has Bart turning his treehouse into a night club. What was so funny is that big-voiced baritone Robert Goulet is the guest entertainment for the evening. During the episode called $pringfield, or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Legalized Gambling, Goulet sings the famous version of Jingle Bells: Jingle Bells, Batman smells, Robin laid an egg….
The award winning singer and actor Robert Goulet has taken his Final Taxi.Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts on November 26, 1933, Robert Gerard Goulet was the only son of French-Canadian parents. Following his father Joseph’s death, his mother Jeannette moved the family to Canada when he was about 13.
Young Goulet made his first professional appearance with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at age 16. He became successful on Canadian television in the 1950s, hosting his own program, General Electric’s Showtime. He then became a hit in the United States with appearances on such programs as The Ed Sullivan Show, on which he appeared 17 times. Sullivan called him the “American baritone from Canada.”
Goulet’s award-winning stage and recording career began with his Broadway debut in 1960 in the Lerner and Loewe musical Camelot. He played haughty French knight Sir Lancelot, who fell in love with Queen Guenevere (Julie Andrews), the wife of King Arthur (Richard Burton).
In 1962, Goulet won a Grammy Award as best new artist; two years later, he made the singles chart with “My Love Forgive Me.” In 1968, he won a Tony award for best actor in a musical for his role in The Happy Time. He was also on Broadway’s Moon Over Buffalo (1995) and La Cage aux Folles (2005) — the latter as one-half of a gay couple.
In live-action movies, he appeared in Underground (1970) and The Naked Gun 2 1/2 (1991). He played a lounge singer in Louis Malle’s Atlantic City (1980).
Two films I loved him in were both made in 1988. Goulet played as a houseguest blown through the roof by Beetlejuice in the Tim Burton film and he also played himself in Bill Murray’s Scrooged.
He was the voice of several animated films including Gay Purr-ee with co-star Judy Garland and in the 2001 Disney feature film Recess: School’s Out, Goulet provided the singing voice of Mikey
He joined in singing in former co-star Andrews’ honor when she received a Kennedy Center Honors award in 2001.
In 1975 Robert Goulet was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He received a Canadian Walk of Fame star in 2006.