Robert Goulet, who galloped onto Broadway as a golden-voiced and impossibly handsome Sir Lancelot and later poked good-natured fun at his matinee-idol image, died Monday in Los Angeles of a rare lung disease. He was 73.
He had been hospitalized since Sept. 30, when he was diagnosed with interstitial pulmonary fibrosis, a rare but rapidly progressive and fatal condition.
Doctors determined Oct. 12 that he needed a lung transplant to survive and he was transferred from a hospital in Las Vegas to Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.
He had been sedated and breathing with a respirator during the frustrating search for a donor lung.
During a career that stretched for almost a half century, Goulet won a Tony, an Emmy and a Grammy — although the Tony was not for his most famous role, Lancelot in the 1960 production of “Camelot,” but for “The Happy Time” in 1968.
The Grammy was for best new artist of 1962, when he was launching a record career that never quite matched his success at live performance.