Robert Blake was an American actor whose career spanned the five decades (1939–1997) in the film industry that is associated with Hollywood. It has been said that his career is one of the longest in the history of Hollywood, and he started it when he was a youngster. Blake has been in a number of movies and television shows, the most notable of which being the TV series Baretta and the film In Cold Blood. In addition, he was suspected of murdering his second wife in 2001, which led to his making headlines in 2002. Nevertheless, he was prosecuted for the crime in 2005 and found not guilty.
He made his acting debut in the film Bridal Suite (1939), playing the role of Toto when he was just six years old. Around that time, many knew him as Mickey Gubitosi. After that, he became internationally recognized for his role as Mickey in the film series Our Gang (1922-1944), which he played in from 1939 to 1944. The roles of his siblings in the short films were played by them as well. The series not only brought him recognition and a platform, but it also continued to be profitable for him long after it had finished airing. The Young Artist Foundation recognized his “Lifetime Achievement” with their “Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award” in the year 1995.
Throughout the formative years of his youth acting career, he was open to playing any part and frequently referred to himself as someone who is capable of doing everything.
As a result of this, he appeared in a great number of films for children, including Double Life (1942), the comedy picture The Big Noise (1944), the Red Ryder film series from 1944 to 1947, Humoresque (1946), and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1946). (1948).
In 1950, he enlisted in the military, at which time he took a break from performing.
During the hiatus, Mickey Gubitosi regained his previous level of performance.
He decided that he needed to improve his acting abilities, so he enrolled in a class.
His gamble paid off, and he went on to establish himself as a well-known and much sought-after actor in Hollywood.
As so, he was billed as Robert Blake for the first time in 1956 and went on to portray noteworthy dramatic parts on both the big screen and the small screen.
In the latter half of the 1950s, he appeared in episodes of a number of different syndicated Western television shows, including Men of Annapolis and 26 Guys Over 40.
After that, he appeared in a succession of guest parts in a variety of television shows, such as Have Gun Travels, The Restless Gun, The Rebel, The Californians, and Sofort, among others.
In addition, he had roles in the movies Pork Chop Hill (1959), The Purple Gang (1960), City Without Mercy (1961), Ensign Powder (1964), and The Greatest Tale Ever Told (1965). (1965).
In 1963, he was a cast member on the NBC anthology series The Richard Boone Show, which was canceled after just 25 episodes. During that year, he appeared in 15 of the show’s total 25 episodes, which contributed to his rise to popularity.
Also, in an episode of the Syndicated Anthology series Death Valley Days from the year 1966, Blake portrayed Billy the Kid.
The next year, he played real-life murderer Perry Smith in the film In Cold Blood, which catapulted his career to new heights.
As an undercover police officer in the television series Baretta, which ran from 1975 to 1978, he won an Emmy Award.
In the years leading up to the conclusion of his career, he mostly featured on television in parts such as John List in the murder drama Judgment Day: The John List Story (1993), for which he was nominated for a third Emmy.
In the film Abandoned Freeway (1997), which was based on the OJ Simpson trial, he also portrayed the role of the eerie and menacing mystery guy who murdered his wife.
Robert Blake has a fruitful career and was widely regarded as a brilliant performer on the field. Despite the fact that he earned fortune during his acting days, it appeared that all of it was lost during his trial for murder. On February 4, 2006, he submitted his petition for bankruptcy and listed $3 million in obligations. In April of 2010, the state of California placed a lien on him as a result of his failure to pay back taxes of $1,110,878. It was estimated that he had a net worth of $1.1 million.
The actor most known for his role in the film Beretta was previously wed to the actress Sondra Kerr from 1961 to 1983. Throughout the course of their almost twenty-year long marriage, which ultimately resulted in a divorce, they were blessed with two children: actors Noah Blake (born in 1965) and Delinah Blake (born 1966).
Years later, in 1999, he met Bonnie Lee Bakley. The woman had a long history of financially abusing older men, particularly celebrities, and she had nine previous marriages to her name. She was infamous for her behavior. Rosie was born in June of 2000, but Bakley first claimed that the child’s father was Christian Brando, son of actor Marlon Brando, whom she was seeing at the same time as Blake. Rosie was born in June of 2000, but Bakley initially claimed that the child’s father was Christian Brando. A paternity test, on the other hand, showed that the infant was really Blake’s daughter.
They did end up getting married, and Blake became her ninth husband on November 19, 2000, remaining married to her until the day she passed away on May 4, 2001. He wed Pamela Hudak in 2017, and on December 7, 2018, it was reported that Blake had lodged a petition for divorce after they had been married for a year. The couple had been married since 2017.
Blake passed away on March 9, 2023, in Los Angeles, California, due to heart illness at the age of 89.