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Also Known As: Rob Blake, Bob Blake, Bobby Blake, Michael Gubitosi, Mickey Gubitosi, Robby Blake, Michael James Vincenzo Gubitosi, Lyman P Docker, Michael Gubitosi, Bobby Blake Died:
Born: September 18, 1933 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Nutley, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor, producer, stuntman

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Actor Robert Blake began his career as a member of the preadolescent comedy troupe "Our Gang," and later as an adult actor enjoyed critical notoriety with the docudrama "In Cold Blood" (1967) and achieved breakout fame as the exotic bird-loving star of the popular television series "Baretta" (ABC, 1975-78). It was as the prime suspect in the domestic murder of wife Bonnie Lee Bakley, however, that would ultimately overshadow the onetime revered actor's career. As a child, Blake's parents began taking the toddler to auditions in Los Angles in the late 1930s, and for more than a decade he appeared in dozens of films and television programs. After a tumultuous two-year enlistment with the U.S. Army, Blake returned home and underwent intense psychotherapy treatments in an effort to cope with his depression and self-loathing. Having made substantial gains, he resumed his acting career as an adult with supporting roles in such films as "Pork Chop Hill" (1959) and "The Greatest Story Ever Told" (1965). With his intense portrayal of murderer Perry Smith in the adaptation of Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood," Blake was poised for mainstream feature film stardom. Follow up movies failed to capitalize on the...

Actor Robert Blake began his career as a member of the preadolescent comedy troupe "Our Gang," and later as an adult actor enjoyed critical notoriety with the docudrama "In Cold Blood" (1967) and achieved breakout fame as the exotic bird-loving star of the popular television series "Baretta" (ABC, 1975-78). It was as the prime suspect in the domestic murder of wife Bonnie Lee Bakley, however, that would ultimately overshadow the onetime revered actor's career. As a child, Blake's parents began taking the toddler to auditions in Los Angles in the late 1930s, and for more than a decade he appeared in dozens of films and television programs. After a tumultuous two-year enlistment with the U.S. Army, Blake returned home and underwent intense psychotherapy treatments in an effort to cope with his depression and self-loathing. Having made substantial gains, he resumed his acting career as an adult with supporting roles in such films as "Pork Chop Hill" (1959) and "The Greatest Story Ever Told" (1965). With his intense portrayal of murderer Perry Smith in the adaptation of Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood," Blake was poised for mainstream feature film stardom. Follow up movies failed to capitalize on the earlier success, however, and the actor soon returned to television. As the streetwise titular hero of "Baretta," it seemed Blake had at last found his star-making role. After his hit cop show was canceled, the actor appeared with some regularity on television before disappearing from screens almost entirely for nearly a decade. He unfortunately reemerged not for artistic endeavors, but for making national headlines when he was accused of plotting the murder of his estranged wife in 2001. Although he would ultimately be acquitted of the killing in criminal court, a civil trial resulted in a wrongful death verdict against him, forever tainting Blake's professional and personal legacies.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Monkey Mission, The (1981) Creator
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  Big Black Pill, The (1981) Creator

CAST: (feature film)

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 Love Guru, The (2008)
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 Lost Highway (1997) Mystery Man
3.
 Money Train (1995) Patterson
4.
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 Father of Hell Town (1985) Father Noah "Hardstep" Rivers
7.
 Murder 1, Dancer 0 (1983) Joe Dancer
8.
 Of Mice and Men (1981) George Milton
9.
 Monkey Mission, The (1981) Joe Dancer
10.
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1939:
Acted in numerous "Our Gang" shorts including "Joy Scouts" and "Captain Spanky's Show Boat"
1940:
Feature film debut, the MGM romantic comedy "I Love You Again"
1942:
Played title role in "Mokey"
1944:
Played 'Little Beaver' in "Tucson Raiders" and subsequent Republic series of films
1948:
Played bit part in "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre"
1950:
Producer and first billing as Robert Blake in "Eros"
1953:
Acted in "Night in the Warehouse" episode of "Fireside Theatre"
1961:
Played Cpl. Jim Larkin in "Town Without Pity"
1963:
Appeared as a regular on "The Richard Boone Show" (NBC)
1966:
Breakthrough screen role, Perry Smith in "In Cold Blood"
1975:
Achieved TV stardom as the titular detective on ABC crime drama "Baretta"; won Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1975)
1981:
Served as creator, executive producer, and star of series of "Joe Dancer" TV-movies; first one was "The Big Black Pill" (NBC)
1981:
Played George Milton in NBC remake of "Of Mice and Men"
1983:
Portrayed Jimmy Hoffa in "Blood Feud" miniseries
1985:
Appeared as Father Rivers on short-lived series "Hell Town" (NBC); also wrote and produced using pseudonym Lyman P. Docker
1986:
Took a break from acting
1993:
Made TV comeback in "Judgment Day: The John List Story" (CBS); received Emmy nomination
1995:
Feature film comeback, "Money Train"
1997:
Acted in mystery drama "Lost Highway," directed by David Lynch
2011:
Featured in the documentary "Paul Williams Still Alive"
2011:
Published memoir <i>Tales of a Rascal</i>
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Notes

In 2001, Blake was charged with murdering his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, outside a restaurant where they had dined; March 16, 2004, the jury acquitted the former Baretta star.

In 2002, Blake insisted on doing an interview with Diane Sawyer, which resulted in the resignation of his lawyer.

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wife:
Sondra Kerry. Actor. Divorced; subsequently linked to former TV talk show host Les Crane.
wife:
Bonny Bakley. Mother of Rose; married in November 2000; died of a gunshot wound to the head on May 4, 2001 at age 45; Blake arrected and charged with her murder on April 22, 2002.

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father:
James Gubitosi. Entertainer. Had song-and-dance act with wife.
mother:
Elizabeth Gubitosi. Entertainer. Had song-and-dance act with husband.
son:
Noah Blake. Actor. Born in February 1965.
daughter:
Delinah R Blake. Born in August 1966.
daughter:
Rose Lenore Sophia. Born on June 2, 2000; child was originally named Christian Shannon Brando as mother thought Christian Brando was father.
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