Robert Gérard Goulet (November 26, 1933 – October 30, 2007) was an American singer and actor of French-Canadian ancestry. Goulet was born and raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Cast as Sir Lancelot and originating the role in the 1960 Broadway musical Camelot starring opposite established Broadway stars Richard Burton and Julie Andrews, he achieved instant recognition with his performance and interpretation of the song "If Ever I Would Leave You", which became his signature song. His debut in Camelot marked the beginning of a stage, screen, and recording career. A Grammy Award and Tony Award winner, his career spanned almost six decades.
Goulet in 1988
Robert Gérard Goulet
November 26, 1933
Lawrence, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||October 30, 2007 (aged 73)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Education||Victoria School of the Arts|
|Alma mater||The Royal Conservatory of Music|
|Occupation||Singer, actor, entertainer|
(m. 1956; div. 1963)
(m. 1963; div. 1981)
Vera Chochorovska Novak
(m. 1982; his death 2007)
|Children||3, including Nicolette Goulet|
Goulet was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on Haverhill Street, where he also lived. He is the only son of Jeanette (née Gauthier) and Joseph Georges André Goulet. Both of his parents worked in the mills, but his father was also an amateur singer and wrestler. His parents were of French Canadian ancestry and he was a descendant of French-Canadian pioneers Zacharie Cloutier and Jacques Goulet. Shortly after his father's death, 13-year-old Goulet moved with his mother and sister Claire to Girouxville, Alberta, and he spent his formative years in Canada.
After living in Girouxville for several years, they moved to the provincial capital of Edmonton to take advantage of the performance opportunities offered in the city. There, he attended the voice schools founded by Herbert G. Turner and Jean Létourneau, and later became a radio announcer for radio station CKUA. Upon graduating from Victoria Composite high school (now Victoria School of the Arts), Goulet received a scholarship to The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where he studied voice with oratorio baritones George Lambert and Ernesto Vinci.
In 1952, he competed in CBC Television's Pick The Stars, ultimately making the semifinals. This led to other network appearances on shows like Singing Stars of Tomorrow, Opportunity Knocks, Juliette, and the Canadian version of Howdy Doody in which he starred opposite William Shatner.
Goulet's first U.S. bookings were in summer stock theatre with the Kenley Players. He appeared in eight productions, including Pajama Game (1959), Bells Are Ringing (1959), Dream Girl (1959), South Pacific (1960), Meet Me in St. Louis (1960) and Carousel (1960). John Kenley came to his dressing room after the opening of Pajama Game and gave him a raise, saying it was "because he knew he could never afford to again", Goulet said in 2006. "He was right." Goulet repeated his role in South Pacific for Kenley in a 1995 production.
In 1959, Goulet was introduced to librettist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe, who were having difficulty casting the role of Lancelot in their stage production Camelot. Lerner and Loewe, impressed by Goulet's talent, signed the virtual newcomer to play the part, opposite Richard Burton (King Arthur) and Julie Andrews (Queen Guenevere). Camelot opened in Toronto in October 1960. It then played a four-week engagement in Boston, and finally opened on Broadway two months later. Goulet received favorable reviews, most notably for his show-stopping romantic ballad, "If Ever I Would Leave You" which would become his signature song.
After the run of Camelot, Goulet appeared on The Danny Thomas Show and The Ed Sullivan Show, which made him a household name among American audiences. On December 7, 1962, Goulet made an appearance on The Jack Paar Show with Judy Garland to promote their animated film, Gay Purr-ee. He also would win a Grammy Award as Best New Artist in 1962.
On May 25, 1965, Goulet mangled the lyrics to the United States National Anthem at the opening of the second Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston heavyweight championship fight in Lewiston, Maine. Goulet had never sung the anthem in public before, and replaced the lyric "dawn's early light" with "dawn's early night". The gaffe was reported in newspapers nationwide the next morning, and Goulet was criticized in opinion columns for a lack of knowledge of the lyrics. The anthem lasted longer than the fight, which was over early in the first round. Goulet also had his biggest pop hit in this year, when his single "My Love, Forgive Me" reached No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 1966, Goulet starred in the television series Blue Light, in which he played a journalist working undercover in Nazi Germany as a spy on behalf of the Allies. The series ran for 17 episodes between January 12, 1966 and May 18, 1966. In December 1966, a theatrical film starring Goulet, I Deal in Danger, was released, made up of the first four episodes of Blue Light edited together.
In 1968, Goulet was back on Broadway in the Kander and Ebb musical The Happy Time. He won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role. John Serry Sr. collaborated as the orchestral accordionist. In 2005, he starred in the Broadway revival of Jerry Herman's La Cage aux Folles. Goulet began a recording career with Columbia Records in 1962, which resulted in more than 60 best selling albums.
He also toured in several musicals, including Camelot as Sir Lancelot, Man of La Mancha, Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, where he portrayed Billy Bigelow, a role he also played in 1967 in a made-for-television adaptation of the musical. This version aired only a year after the first television telecast of the 1956 film version. He also starred in a 1966 television version of Brigadoon, which won several Emmy Awards, and Kiss Me Kate in 1968, opposite his then-wife Carol Lawrence. All three were produced by Goulet's company Rogo Productions and aired on ABC, but none have been rebroadcast since the 1960s or released on video. All three were recorded on videotape rather than film.
Goulet guest starred on The Lucy Show in 1967 as himself and two additional characters who entered a Robert Goulet look-alike contest. In 1972, he played a lead villain in the season finale of television original Mission: Impossible. Goulet was featured in a two-part episode of the sitcom Alice during the 1981 season, again playing himself. The plot involves Mel (Vic Tayback) and the girls winning a free trip to Las Vegas, and while there, losing his diner in a gambling spree. Alice (Linda Lavin) plans to impersonate Goulet in an effort to persuade the casino owner to return the diner to Mel. The real Goulet appears and sings a duet with the (much shorter) fake Robert Goulet portrayed by Alice.
Goulet's first film performance was released in 1962: the UPA (United Productions of America) animated musical feature Gay Purr-ee, in which he provided the voice of the male lead character, 'Jaune Tom', opposite the female lead character, 'Mewsette', voiced by Judy Garland. His first non-singing role was in Honeymoon Hotel (1964), but it was not until a cameo appearance as a singer in Louis Malle's film, Atlantic City (1980) that Goulet was given critical acclaim. He recorded the song "Atlantic City (My Old Friend)" for Applause Records in 1981.
In 1988, Tim Burton cast him as a houseguest blown through the roof by Beetlejuice and also played himself in Bill Murray's Scrooged (both 1988). He performed the Canadian national anthem to open "WrestleMania VI" at SkyDome in Toronto in 1990. Goulet also made several appearances on the ABC sitcom Mr. Belvedere during its five-year run.
In 1991, Goulet starred, with John Putch and Hillary Bailey Smith, in the unsold television series pilot Acting Sheriff. That same year, he appeared as Quentin Hapsburg, opposite Leslie Nielsen, in the comedy film The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear. This followed a cameo as a "Special Guest Star" in the episode "The Butler Did It (A Bird in the Hand)" of the 1982 TV series Police Squad! in which he died by firing squad during the opening credits. The television series spawned The Naked Gun film series.
In 1992, Goulet made an uncredited appearance as the piano player who suffers agonizing injuries in the "Weird Al" Yankovic video for "You Don't Love Me Anymore". That same year, Goulet guest-starred as country music singer Eddie Larren in an episode of the TV series In the Heat of the Night, "When the Music Stopped".
He starred as King Arthur in Camelot in a 1992 National Tour and returned to Broadway in 1993 with the same production. In 1993, he played himself in The Simpsons episode "$pringfield". In that episode, Bart Simpson booked him into his own casino (actually Bart's treehouse), where he sang "Jingle Bells (Batman Smells)".
In 1995 He appeared, fronting a big band in a small sports themed nightclub, for a series of humorous 30 second "ESPN" ads revolving around "NCAA" basketball. NCAA head coaches appeared in the audience as Goulet happily, not to mention strongly and authoritatively, sang variations on popular songs, with lyrics changed to include college basketball references. He would tape 2 seasons of commercials before ending the run in 1996.
In 1996, Goulet appeared in Ellen DeGeneres' first starring movie, Mr. Wrong, as an insecure TV host; and he returned to Broadway in Moon Over Buffalo, co-starring Lynn Redgrave. He provided the singing voice of Wheezy the penguin in the big band-style finale of the 1999 Pixar film Toy Story 2, singing a new version of "You've Got a Friend in Me".
In 2000, he played himself on two episodes of the Robert Smigel series TV Funhouse; as a sort-of mentor to the show's animal puppet troupe, he was the only character who had the respect of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. Goulet also appeared in the Disney animated series Recess, as the singing voice for Mikey Blumberg, and in the film Recess: School's Out.
In 2005, he appeared on the Broadway stage for the last time as a mid-run replacement in La Cage aux Folles and found critical success once again. Clive Barnes of The New York Post wrote of his performance:
Goulet's still radiant grin is in better shape than his joints, giving his movements rather less grace than before. But when he sings, or even speaks, the years fall away. His gorgeous voice seems untouched by time, and his dapper presence fills the stage... With Robert Goulet's new, expansively embracing Georges, Beach seems revitalized, appearing to find a passion and pathos in the role previously eluding him.
His last public performance was on the PBS televised special, My Music: 50's Pop Parade, broadcast on August 1, 2007, in which he sang "Sunrise, Sunset" and "If Ever I Would Leave You".
In 1978, he sang "You Light Up My Life" at the Miss Universe Pageant to the five finalists. Goulet played Don Quixote in the 1997–98 U.S. national tour of Man of La Mancha and recorded the theme song for the talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2003. His commercial work included a 30-second spot for the 1998 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, showing him in different costumes (toll collector, construction worker, meter maid, etc.), all while singing "It's Impossible"; and an Emerald Nuts television advertising campaign in 2006, which debuted during Super Bowl XL and continued until his death. In 2006, he appeared in an episode ("Sold'y Locks") of The King of Queens as himself.
Goulet and his first wife Louise Longmore had one daughter, Nicolette (died April 17, 2008), who gave birth to his two grandchildren, Solange-Louise and Jordan Gerard. He had two sons, Christopher (b. 1964) and Michael (b. 1966), by his second wife, actress and singer Carol Lawrence.
In 1982, he married artist and writer Vera Novak in Las Vegas, Nevada. Novak, who was born in Bitola, Macedonia, was also his business partner and manager. He sang "God Bless America" on Friday, August 8, 2003, when she was sworn in as a citizen of the United States in Las Vegas.
Goulet died from pulmonary fibrosis on October 30, 2007, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center while awaiting a lung transplant. Theater marquees in New York and in cities across North America were dimmed in his memory on Wednesday, October 31, 2007. On Friday November 9, 2007, the day of his funeral, Las Vegas honored Goulet by closing the Las Vegas Strip for his funeral procession. Several venues also posted his name on their marquees as a final tribute.
In the later 1990s, Goulet was often subject to parody in Saturday Night Live skits in which he was portrayed by comedian Will Ferrell. In one segment Will Ferrell, portraying Goulet, performed several songs from a farce compilation album titled Coconut Bangers Ball: It's A Rap! Ferrell performed "Big Poppa" by The Notorious B.I.G., as well as the "Thong Song" by Sisqo, in a mock crooning style similar to that of Goulet. He is also known for singing the theme song for the talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which he recorded in 2003.
Ferrell portrayed Goulet on the April 7, 2001 episode of SNL in a lengthy sketch opposite fellow cast member Chris Parnell and host Alec Baldwin. A cult favorite, the sketch is ostensibly a commercial for a stage production of a new musical entitled "Red Ships of Spain" in which Robert Goulet (Ferrell) is appearing in the leading role of Captain Ferdinand Poncho. Parnell and Baldwin portray Goulet's (fictitious) brothers Wes and Ken Goulet, respectively, who have supporting roles in the production. Ana Gasteyer also appears as Robert's (fictitious) daughter Shiela Goulet, who is oddly cast as her father's character's love interest.
The sketch cuts back and forth between excerpts from the show, itself, to reviews of the show that appear in various print media. Much of the humor is derived from how sloppy and unprofessional the stage production is, from the Goulet brothers performing in their signature dark glasses (while smoking cigarettes), to singing nonsensical lyrics that are inconsistent with the show's period setting, to random breaks in character which culminate in Robert angrily storming off stage after an altercation with Ken (Baldwin). A particularly memorable review notes that the reviewer, "fell asleep during the production and when I woke up, was so convinced I was still dreaming, I got up on stage and walked around. The odd thing is, the show is such an ugly mess, no one seemed to notice or care." Another review points out that for the show's opening performance, two of the Goulet brothers were replaced by their understudies. In spite of this, tickets are said to cost $90 and up.
The American Mustache Institute presents The Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year Award to the person who best-represents or contributes to the Mustached American community during that year.
A professional entertainer doesn't give any less of himself just because the audience gets a little smaller. What Robert Goulet taught us ... is that people who've been up and down are more interesting than people who are on their way up and think that's the only direction life has. ... He worked hard; he made people happy.
|1961||"I'm Just Taking My Time"
b/w "One Life"
b/w "Two Different Worlds" (from My Love Forgive Me)
|"What Kind of Fool Am I?"
b/w "Where Do I Go From Here" (from Two Of Us)
|89||–||My Love Forgive Me|
|"Don't Be Afraid Of Romance"
b/w "Young At Love"
|1963||"Two Of Us"
b/w "(These Are) The Closing Credits" (Non-album track)
|132||–||Two Of Us|
|"Believe In Me"
b/w "How Very Special You Are"
|"Under The Yum Yum Tree"
b/w "If You Go"
|1964||"The Name Of The Game"
b/w "Seventh Dawn" (Non-album track)
|–||–||My Love Forgive Me|
|"My Love, Forgive Me (Amore, scusami)" /||16||2|
|"I'd Rather Be Rich"||131||–||Non-album track|
|1965||"Begin To Love"
b/w "I Never Got To Paris"
|110||–||Begin To Love|
b/w "The More I See Of Mimi" (from Begin To Love)
|"Come Back To Me, My Love" /||118||5||On Broadway|
|"On A Clear Day You Can See Forever"||119||13|
b/w "Crazy Heart Of Mine"
|1966||"Why Be Ashamed" /||–||28|
|"Young Only Yesterday"||–||37||I Remember You|
|"Daydreamer" (from The Daydreamer (soundtrack))
b/w "My Best Girl"
|"Once I Had A Heart"
b/w "I Hear A Different Drummer"
|"There But For You Go I"
b/w "Fortissimo" (from Robert Goulet's Greatest Hits)
|–||–||On Broadway, Volume 2|
|1967||"World of Clowns"
b/w "Ciao Compare" (from On Broadway, Volume 2)
|"One Life, One Dream"
b/w "There's A Way"
b/w "How Can I Leave You"
|"Mon Amour, Mon Amour"
b/w "This Year"
|"If Ever I Would Leave You"
b/w "Follow Me"
|1968||"The Happy Time"
b/w "I Don't Remember You"
|–||33||The Happy Time (Soundtrack)|
|"What A Wonderful World"
b/w "I Don't Want To Hurt You Anymore" (Non-album track)
|"Thirty Days Hath September"
b/w "A Chance To Live In Camelot" (Non-album track)
|–||17||Both Sides Now|
|"Hurry Home For Christmas"
b/w "A Wonderful World Of Christmas"
|–||–||Robert Goulet's Wonderful World Of Christmas|
|1969||"Wait For Me"
b/w "I'll Catch The Sun"
b/w "Bon Soir Dame" (from Both Sides Now)
|–||33||I Wish You Love|
b/w "One Life To Live"
b/w "I Can't Live Without You"
|1970||"My Woman, My Woman, My Wife"
b/w "Come Saturday"
|–||–||Robert Goulet Sings Today's Greatest Hits|
b/w "One At A Time"
|1973||"God Is At Work Within You"
b/w "One Solitary Life"
|1974||"Pages Of Life"
b/w "Summer Green, Autumn Gold"
|"The Little Prince"
b/w "I Won't Send Roses"
|–||–||After All Is Said and Done|
|1975||"Someone To Give My Love To"
b/w "Something To Believe In"
|1976||"After All Is Said and Done"
b/w "The Little Prince"
Columbia Records (except as noted):
|1964||Honeymoon Hotel||Ross Kingsley|
|1964||I'd Rather Be Rich||Paul Benton|
|1966||The Daydreamer||The Singer||Voice|
|1966||I Deal in Danger||David March|
|1988||Scrooged||Himself||He portrays himself in a commercial for "Robert Goulet's Cajun Christmas" on the fictional IBC television network.|
|1991||The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear||Quentin Hapsburg|
|1996||Mr. Wrong||Dick Braxton|
|1999||Toy Story 2||Wheezy the Penguin||Singing Voice, Uncredited|
|2000||The Last Producer||Henry Moore|
|2000||G-Men from Hell||The Devil|
|2001||Recess: School's Out||Mikey Blumberg||Singing voice|
|2003||Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade||Mikey Blumberg||Voice|
|1954||Howdy Doody||Trapper Pierre|
|1954–1955||Scope||Mal Tompkins||2 episodes|
|1955–1960||Encounter||Jim Mercer / Laz / Frank Taylor||5 episodes|
|1957||On Camera||Michael||Episode: "Innocent Deception"|
|1959||The Unforeseen||Episode: "Heaven Can Wait"|
|1959–1960||Wayne and Shuster||4 episodes|
|1960||Startime||The Traveller / Prince Zorn||2 episodes|
|1960||First Person||Episode: "At the Railing"|
|1961||The Enchanted Nutcracker||Johnny||TV Movie|
|1963||The Jack Benny Program||Himself||Episode: "The Robert Goblet Show"|
|1964||Kraft Suspense Theatre||Private LeRoy Brubaker / James O. Vitelli||Episode: "Operation Greif"|
|1965||The Patty Duke Show||Gregory Noble||Episode: "Don't Monkey with Mendel"|
|1965–1966||The Red Skelton Show||Nathan Nothing / Harry Handout||2 episodes|
|1966||Blue Light||David March||17 episodes|
|1966||Brigadoon||Tommy Albright||TV Movie|
|1967||The Jackie Gleason Show||Ace Fargo||Episode: "The Honeymooners: Life Upon the Wicked Stage"|
|1967||The Big Valley||Brother Love||Episode: "Brother Love"|
|1967||Carousel||Billy Bigelow||TV Movie|
|1967||The Lucy Show||Chuck Willis||Episode: "Lucy and Robert Goulet"|
|1968||Kiss Me Kate||Fred Graham / 'Petruchio'|
|1968||That's Life||Episode: "The Honeymoon"|
|1968||The Pepsodent Show||Pilot||Episode dated December 19, 1968|
|1969||The Name of the Game||Dr. Claude Evenhauer||Episode: "Keep the Doctor Away"|
|1969||Muhammad Ali, The Greatest||Documentary|
|1972||Mission: Impossible||Joe Epic||Episode: "Leona"|
|1972||The Couple Takes a Wife||Randy Perkins||TV Movie|
|1973||Cannon||Capt. Mel Danvers||Episode: "A Well Remembered Terror"|
|1975||Police Woman||Eddie Diamond||Episode: "Pawns of Power"|
|1977||Police Story||Glenn Talbot||Episode: "Prime Rib"|
|1978||The Love Boat||Charlie Godwin||Episode: "A Time for Everything/The Song Is Ended/Accidental Cruise/Anoushka"|
|1978||Flying High||Reggie||Episode: "Brides and Grooms"|
|1980||The Dream Merchants||Craig Warren||2 episodes|
|1980||Alice||Himself||Episode: "Too Many Roberts"|
|1980–1983||Fantasy Island||Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin / Frank Miller / Avery Williams||4 episodes|
|1982||Police Squad!||Executed Man||Episode: "The Butler Did It (A Bird in the Hand)"|
|1983||Matt Houston||Johnny Foster||Episode: "The Showgirl Murders"|
|1985||Murder, She Wrote||Willard Kaufmann||Episode: "Paint Me a Murder"|
|1985||Finder of Lost Loves||Gabe McGuire||Episode: "Haunted Memories"|
|1986–1990||Mr. Belvedere||Himself||4 episodes|
|1991||Acting Sheriff||Sheriff Brent McCord||TV Movie|
|1992||The New WKRP in Cincinnati||Prince Reynaldo||Episode: "Jennifer and the Prince"|
|1992||In the Heat of the Night||Eddy Larren||Episode: "When the Music Stopped"|
|1993||The Simpsons||Himself||Voice only|
|1993||Based on an Untrue Story||Remo||TV Movie|
|1994||Boy Meets World||Himself|
|1995||Get Smart||Agent 0 / Himself||Episode: "Casino Evil"|
|1995||Burke's Law||Earl Rankin||Episode: "Who Killed the Centerfold?"|
|1996||The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story||Documentary|
|1998–2000||Recess||Mikey Blumberg||4 episodes|
|1999||Just Shoot Me!||Himself||Episode: "Toy Story"|
|1999||Two Guys and a Girl||Himself||Episode: "Out with the Old"|
|2001||Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street||Mikey Blumberg||Video|
|2003||Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There||Documentary|
|2006||The King of Queens||Himself / Performer||Episode: "Sold-Y Locks"|
|2008||My Gym Partner's a Monkey||Asst. Coach Ferret||Voice, Episode: "Animal School Musical", (final appearance)|
|Awards and achievements|
| Grammy Award for Best New Artist
The Swingle Singers
for Do Re Mi
| Theatre World Award
for Call Me By My Rightful Name
"$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)", also known as "$pringfield", is the tenth episode of The Simpsons' fifth season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on December 16, 1993. In the episode, Springfield decides to legalize gambling to revitalize its economy. A casino owned by Mr. Burns is created and Homer gets a job as a blackjack dealer. Meanwhile, Marge develops a gambling addiction, Bart starts his own casino, and Burns develops an odd personality in a parody of Howard Hughes.
The episode was written by Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein, and directed by Wes Archer. Gerry Cooney and Robert Goulet guest starred as themselves. The episode features cultural references to the films Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, The Wizard of Oz, Rain Man, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Since airing, the episode has received mostly positive reviews from television critics. It acquired a Nielsen rating of 11.7, and was the highest-rated show on the Fox network the week it aired.Abe Levitow
Abraham "Abe" Levitow (July 2, 1922 – May 8, 1975) was an American animator who worked at Warner Bros. Cartoons, UPA and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).
Levitow was born in Los Angeles, California. He began working as an in-betweener at Warner Brothers Studios in 1940. Levitow briefly left Warner Brothers when he was drafted during World War II, returning in 1945. He first received animation credit in 1953 while working under the direction of Chuck Jones. He worked steadily for Jones over the remainder of the 1950s, and directed several cartoons for release in 1959, including the Pepé Le Pew cartoon "Really Scent". While working under Jones, he made characters' joints more angular than most other animators. Those characters with fur (Wile E. Coyote, for example) looked especially shaggy in Levitow's scenes.
In 1961, he moved to UPA and directed a series of Dick Tracy cartoons. Then in 1962, he directed the first feature-length animated television special, Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol. 1962 also saw the release of his theatrical feature Gay Purr-ee, with the voices of Robert Goulet, Judy Garland, and others. By 1965, he was working with Jones at MGM as an animator and a director in the Tom and Jerry series. He co-directed the feature film The Phantom Tollbooth with Chuck Jones at MGM. In addition, he worked with UPA on more Mr. Magoo cartoons, including The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo. He animated on the Chuck Jones-produced A Christmas Carol, directed by Richard Williams at Williams' London studio in 1971. His last completed project was B.C.: The First Thanksgiving in 1973. At the time of his death on May 8, 1975, Levitow was in line to direct the animated feature film Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure. The project was taken over by Richard Williams when Levitow unexpectedly died during pre-production at the age of 52. Grampa Simpson on The Simpsons was named after both Levitow and creator Matt Groening's grandfather (unbeknownst to the writers).American Mustache Institute
The American Mustache Institute (AMI) is an advocacy organization and registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit originally based in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2013, it moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.When founded in 1965, AMI was the only organization in the world working towards facial hair advocacy. AMI’s full-time staff supports more than 700 global chapters which advocate for greater acceptance of mustaches in the workplace and throughout modern culture.Annie Get Your Gun (Doris Day and Robert Goulet album)
Annie Get Your Gun was an album, released on February 11, 1963 by Columbia Records, starring Doris Day and Robert Goulet. It consisted of songs from the musical of the same name. The LP was issued on the Columbia Masterworks label in both mono and stereo (catalog numbers OL-5960 and OS-2360 respectively). The album has been reissued on CD by DRG (catalog number 19112).
The album was one of a number of albums produced by Columbia using a format similar to an original cast album of a musical play, but starring vocalists under contract to the company. Other albums in the same series included a John Raitt/Barbara Cook album of Show Boat (released 1962), a John Raitt/Florence Henderson/Phyllis Newman album of Oklahoma! (released 1964), and a Barbara Cook/Theodore Bikel album of The King and I (also released 1964). In this case, Doris Day and Robert Goulet were both major Columbia stars, and this was probably the most important album in this series.
At the time, Day was at the peak of her movie career and could not spare the time to go to the East Coast, where most of the production of this album took place. So she recorded her tracks at Columbia Records' Los Angeles studios and the tapes were sent to New York City, where orchestral arrangements were written by Philip J. Lang to fit Day's singing, a procedure rather contrary to normal practice. Goulet and the other singers, in turn, had to fit their keys and tempos to Lang's orchestral arrangements.Carol Lawrence
Carol Lawrence (born Carolina Maria Laraia; September 5, 1932) is an American actress, who has appeared in musical theatre and on television. She is best known for portraying Maria on Broadway in the musical West Side Story (1957), receiving a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She has appeared at The Muny, St. Louis in several musicals, including Funny Girl. She also appeared in many television dramas, including Rawhide to Murder She Wrote. She was married to fellow performer Robert Goulet.Carousel (1967 film)
Carousel is a 1967 TV movie. It is based on the stage musical Carousel. It was produced by Norman Rosemont.David Mann (songwriter)
David Mann (David Freedman), October 3, 1916, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — March 1, 2002, New York) was an American songwriter of popular songs. His best-known songs are "There! I've Said It Again" (1945), popularized first by Vaughn Monroe and later by Bobby Vinton, "No Moon at All" (1947), recorded by Robert Goulet in (1963) and "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" (1955), recorded most notably by Frank Sinatra, but covered by many other artists over the decades.Gay Purr-ee
Gay Purr-ee is a 1962 American animated musical film produced by United Productions of America and released by Warner Bros. It features the voice of Judy Garland in her only animated-film role, as well as Robert Goulet in his first feature film. The film received positive reviews, but was a box office disappointment. It is also the first animated film to be theatrically released by Warner Bros.Honeymoon Hotel
Honeymoon Hotel may refer to:
The Honeymoon Hotel, a 1926 comedy short starring Neely Edwards
Honeymoon Hotel (1934 film), a 1934 Merrie Melodies cartoon
the American title of Under New Management, a 1946 British musical comedy
Honeymoon Hotel (1964 film), an MGM comedy starring Robert Goulet and Nancy KwanHoneymoon Hotel (1964 film)
Honeymoon Hotel is a 1964 American comedy film, directed by Henry Levin for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It stars Robert Goulet, Nancy Kwan, Robert Morse, and Jill St. John.The movie, which contains four songs, is a sex farce about two male friends who find themselves at a hotel that is supposed to be for honeymooners only. Unusually for its time, the film centers on an interracial romance (involving characters played by Robert Goulet and Nancy Kwan) but the racial difference is never mentioned or even alluded to.I'd Rather Be Rich
I'd Rather Be Rich is a 1964 romantic comedy film with musical aspects directed by Jack Smight, produced by Ross Hunter and starring Sandra Dee. The film focuses on a dying man who wishes to meet his granddaughter's fiancé, but he is unavailable, so the woman persuades another man to substitute for him. Then the grandfather recovers.The film is a remake of the 1941 film It Started with Eve, with the genders reversed.I Deal in Danger
I Deal in Danger is a 1966 American DeLuxe Color spy film compiled from the first four episodes of a television series, Blue Light, which aired on ABC-TV in early 1966. Directed by Walter Grauman, it starred Robert Goulet as David March, an Allied spy in Nazi Germany during World War II. He is aided by a French agent, Susanne Duchard, played by Christine Carère.If I Ruled the World
"If I Ruled the World" is a popular song, composed by Leslie Bricusse and Cyril Ornadel, which was originally from the 1963 West End musical Pickwick (based on Charles Dickens's The Pickwick Papers). In the context of the stage musical, the song is sung by Samuel Pickwick, when he is mistaken for an election candidate and called on by the crowd to give his manifesto. Ornadel and Bricusse received the 1963 Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.The song is usually associated with Sir Harry Secombe, who got the song to No 18 in the UK charts in 1963. Tony Bennett originally recorded the song in 1965, and had a number 34 hit with it on the U.S. pop singles charts. With Celine Dion, he returned to the song on his Grammy-winning 2006 album Duets: An American Classic. It has been performed by other singers, notably Robert Goulet, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Tom Jones and Regina Belle.
Andy Hallett, the actor best known for playing the part of Lorne ('The Host') in the television series Angel, sang the song in that series' final episode. The politician-spoofing BBC panel show If I Ruled the World was named after the song.
This song was featured in Spring/Summer 2009 on the Vodafone adverts in the UK.
Jamie Cullum also recorded a version for his album The Pursuit, and performed it at his special performance at the Late Night Prom, number Prom 55, of The Proms in London, with The Heritage Ensemble, on Thursday 26 August 2010 between 22:15 and 13.45. As shown on BBC televisions' BBC Four on the following night.Slinky Dog Dash
Slinky Dog Dash is a roller coaster attraction located within Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios that opened on June 30, 2018. Slinky Dog Dash is one of two new rides in Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios, the other being Alien Swirling Saucers.Themed around the Toy Story films, the story of the ride is that Andy has built a roller coaster using his "Dash & Dodge Mega Coaster Kit" and decided to use Slinky Dog as the ride vehicle. The ride can accommodate up to four trains at a time. This attraction concludes with a performance by the first ever audio-animatronic of Wheezy the Penguin who serenades guests at the Big Finale on the final brake run. Wheezy's singing voice on the ride was voiced by actor Sean Kenin, impersonating Robert Goulet.The Girl That I Marry
"The Girl That I Marry" is a song from the 1946 musical Annie Get Your Gun, written by Irving Berlin.It was originally performed by Ray Middleton on stage and on record.Hit versions in 1946 were by Frank Sinatra and by Eddy Howard (Majestic label).Eddy Howard recorded a second rendition in the early 1950s on the Mercury label.
Later renditions include:
Per Grundén with orchestra Conductor: Hans Schreiber. Swedish lyrics written by Stig Bergendorff and Gösta Bernhard entitled "Den flickan skall bära mitt efternamn". Recorded in Stockholm on August 19, 1949, and released on the 78 rpm record His Master's Voice X 7540
Howard Keel in the 1950 MGM film of Annie Get Your Gun, also released on record.
John Raitt in a 1957 TV production with Mary Martin, recorded on Capitol Records.
Bruce Yarnell in the 1966 production at Lincoln Centre, with Ethel Merman, recorded on RCA Records.
Robert Goulet in the album Annie Get Your Gun (1963)
Tom Wopat on the 1999 Broadway revival recording.The Happy Time
The Happy Time is a 1952 American comedy film directed by the award-winning director Richard Fleischer, based on the 1945 novel of the same name by Robert Fontaine, which Samuel A. Taylor turned into a hit play. A boy, played by Bobby Driscoll, comes of age in a close-knit French-Canadian family. The film stars Charles Boyer and Louis Jourdan as his father and uncle respectively. The play was also adapted into a musical in 1968 by composer John Kander, lyricist Fred Ebb, and librettist N. Richard Nash, and starred Robert Goulet. Included in the orchestra was the soloist john Serry Sr..Underground (1970 film)
Underground is a 1970 American drama film directed by Arthur H. Nadel, written by Ron Bishop and Andy Lewis, and starring Robert Goulet, Danielle Gaubert, Lawrence Dobkin, Carl Duering, Joachim Hansen and Roger Delgado. It was released on October 7, 1970, by United Artists.You've Got a Friend in Me
"You've Got a Friend in Me" is a song by Randy Newman. Used as the theme song for the 1995 Disney/Pixar animated film Toy Story, it has since become a major musical component for its sequels, Toy Story 2 (1999) and Toy Story 3 (2010) as well as a musical leitmotif throughout the whole Toy Story franchise. The song was nominated for both the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, but lost both to "Colors of the Wind" from Disney's Pocahontas.
Like many other Disney theme songs, "You've Got a Friend in Me" has been covered numerous times. Cover versions featured in the three Toy Story films include a duet with Newman and Lyle Lovett in Toy Story; a diegetic instance by Tom Hanks, a version by Robert Goulet and an instrumental by Tom Scott in Toy Story 2, and a Spanish language version by the Gipsy Kings in Toy Story 3.You Don't Love Me Anymore ("Weird Al" Yankovic song)
"You Don't Love Me Anymore" is a song by American recording artist "Weird Al" Yankovic. It was released as the second single from his seventh studio album Off the Deep End on June 19, 1992. While much of his musical output consists of parodies of other artists' material, "You Don't Love Me Anymore" is an original composition written and produced by Yankovic. A soft acoustic ballad in a style parody of James Taylor, the song features darkly humorous lyrics about a relationship between Yankovic and an unnamed woman that has faltered to the point that she repeatedly attempts to kill him, which he has only just begun to notice.
Yankovic requested his record label Scotti Brothers to release the song as the second single from Off the Deep End. As the label would only release the single if its music video was a parody, Yankovic modeled the video for "You Don't Love Me Anymore" after the video for the song "More Than Words" by American rock band Extreme. Directed by Jay Levey, the video features a cameo appearance by American-Canadian singer Robert Goulet. To Yankovic's surprise, "You Don't Love Me Anymore" garnered moderate amounts of radio airplay and peaked at number 26 on the Canadian singles chart.
Awards for Robert Goulet