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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Entertainment: Pop Cultural Touchstone Robert Goulet Dies

Robert Goulet

Robert Goulet, an old-school style sex symbol in a new style world, died yesterday at 73 while awaiting a lung transplant. Goulet, after hitting the boards and television stations in Canada for several years became a star in 1960 in Lerner and Loewe's Camelot alongside Richard Burton and Julie Andrews. He received raves and the show became an allegory for a generation imbued with hopefulness by the early Kennedy years.

Goulet would become identified with Las Vegas and the louche lounge singing parodied by Bill Murray while also starring in a variety of film and television roles, included a part in Louis Malle's great Atlantic City in 1981. Here's a link to the New York Times' obit.

Here's a clip of Will Ferrell doing Robert Goulet from an old SNL:

Here's a godawful sitcom pilot that never got picked up (note the two guys in the jail cell who have their faces wiped out for their own protection):

Young Goulet horsing around with Phyllis Diller circa 1962:

And finally Goulet from 1967 doing "Soliloquy" from Carousel: