ROBERT 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.
His illustrious career has spun for 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”.
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 2½, Mr. Wrong, Toy Story II, Disney’s animated feature Recess, G-Men From Hell, The Last Producer with Burt Reynoldsand Everything Is Illuminated (voice).
His rich baritone voice, 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, has enriched the lives of music-lovers worldwide.
Robert Gerard Goulet was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the only son of French Canadian parents, Joseph and Jeannette Goulet. He began singing when he was five years old at family gatherings. At one gathering young Robert’s aunts and uncles blacked out his face with a burnt cork, put on his mother’s white gloves and he entertained everyone with an Al Jolson impersonation. The applause terrified him, and for many years left him with a fear of performing. At age eleven, returning home from school, two nuns stopped him and said, "You are going to sing Saturday night at the church function." Young Robert looked at them and said, "No, I am not," and started to leave. One nun grabbed him by the hair and leading him away said, "Yes, you are." That Saturday night he sang at the church function. After hearing him sing "Lead Kindly Light" in their church hall, his father came down from the balcony with a tear in his eye, hugged him and said, "I'm proud of you, my son," instilling in him a glowing feeling, thrilled that he had pleased his father.
A scant few weeks later, Robert’s father called his son to his deathbed and said, "God gave you a voice, you must sing."
His father's last words carried weight that left lasting imprints upon young Robert and he knew, then, that the stage was to be his life.
After his father’s death at age thirteen Jeanette Goulet moved to Canada with young Robert and his sister Claire, where he spent his most formative years. Mr.Goulet’s first professional appearance was at age 16 with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Following a two-year stint as a radio announcer, he was awarded a singing scholarship to the Royal Conservatory of Music, University of Toronto, Canada. In 1993 they awarded him with their highest honor, a ‘Fellowship’ - one of his most cherished awards. He received a Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1975 and in 2006, thirty one years later he was privileged to receive The Canadian Walk of Fame Star.
He was a popular young star in Canada in the 1950s, and appeared in scores of theatrical, radio and television productions -- culminating as host of the weekly network variety show for CBC-TV, "General Electric's Showtime" but Goulet’s Broadway bow launched him internationally. It paved the way for a stunning array of over 60 best-selling albums (he is a Grammy winner), international concert appearances, motion pictures, numerous television specials, variety and episodic television guest appearances, and his own popular television series “Blue Light.”
Ed Sullivan was one of his most enthusiastic fans, and invited “The American Baritone from Canada” to appear seventeen times on his weekly variety show.
His fear of live audiences was noticed by Lord Laurence Olivier during a performance of Camelot. Speaking to him backstage he said "We can't see enough of your eyes. Can you wiggle your ears?" Goulet answered, "Yes I can." Olivier then said "try it." At the next matinee he tried it (only because Olivier asked him to), and found that the audience was not made up of ogres or green-eyed monsters.
Equally adept at comedy and drama he has starred in a score of television presentations. Along with his television series, Blue Light, he had his own specials: An Hour with Robert Goulet, The Robert Goulet Special, The Bob Goulet Special-Starring Robert Goulet as well as The Name Of the Game, Big Valley, 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 (Sports Emmy), Disney’s Recess, George and Leo, Just Shoot Me, Two Guys and a Girl, Nikki and My Favorite Broadway, Las Vegas, King Of Queens, Emerald Nuts 2007 Super Bowl commercial, My Music PBS.
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 2½, Mr. Wrong, Toy Story II, Disney’s animated feature Recess,, G-Men From Hell,The Last Producer with Burt ReynoldsandEverything Is Illuminated (voice).
A father of three children; sons Christopher and Michael, and daughter Nicolette, who is the mother of his grandchildren, Jordan Gerard and Solange.
In 1982 he married Macedonian-Yugoslavian-born Vera Chochorovska Novak. Vera runs their companies ROGO & ROVE and she is also his business manager. They are a team in marriage as well as in business, but most importantly, they are each other’s best friends.
Mr. Goulet is very actively involved with his local community in Las Vegas as well as in many charitable causes worldwide. For many years one of his dreams was to build a Performing Arts Center in Las Vegas and bring Musical Theater, plays ballet and opera to the city. He is pleased to see that some of the major Las Vegas hotels are at last presenting Broadway musicals. He is also a spokesman for the American Cancer Society and periodically gives lectures on Cancer Awareness, Prevention and Early Detection.
Mr. Goulet’s remarkable sense of humor, his ability to laugh at himself has always endeared him to his audiences.
“You have to have humor, and be able to laugh at yourself,” says Goulet.“One of the lines in Man Of La Mancha spoken of the Duke in the play by Cervantes/ Don Quixote is, ‘He carries his self importance as if afraid of breaking it’ amuses me immensely. No one should take himself that seriously.”Fear of performing long gone, he continues to obey his father’s orders and after every performance he leaves audiences with smiles on their faces.
“CHECK IT OUT”
GOULET OWES HIS LIFE TO A SIMPLE CANCER TEST
ROBERT GOULET has mastered many challenging roles in a career that spans for over half a century. But his most formidable was that of a real-life survivor of prostate cancer. Diagnosed in 1993 with the disease, Mr. Goulet has since played a leading role among our nation's celebrities in breaking the silence that has kept prostate health from getting the attention it deserves. In addition to his very busy schedule as an actor and an entertainer, he makes time to visit communities and lend his talents to driving home the importance of early detection and a healthy lifestyle. Mr. Goulet wants to encourage men 40 and older to take control of their health by getting a routine prostate screening, both digital and PSA test.
Despite this challenge in his life, this powerful and charismatic award-winning actor/entertainer maintains the same grueling schedule including film, television, concert and Theater, enchanting audiences in performances throughout the world. Whenever his busy schedule permits he makes public and television appearances speaking on awareness and early detection of this silent killer. Mr. Goulet is a spokesman for the American Cancer Society and in 2005 he was honored by the The Wellness Community with the “Human Spirit Award”
He continues to deliver inspirational lectures as a key note speaker in "A Celebration of Life," driving home the importance of early detection and a healthy lifestyle. Mr. Goulet's motto is - "Check it out."
Prostate cancer accounts for one-quarter of all (non-skin cancers) diagnosed in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates prostate cancer will claim more than 41,400 lives this year alone. An additional 317,000 men will be diagnosed with the disease.
Part of the problem is general lack of knowledge about prostate health, compounded by an unwillingness to discuss what’s physically considered a very private issue. As with other diseases (such as breast cancer) early detection is the key to survival. The earlier prostate cancer is detected through routine screening (both digital and the PSA test), the more treatment options men have available to them.