Robert Blake (actor)
Robert Blake (born Michael James Gubitosi; September 18, 1933) is an American actor. He is known for his starring roles in the film In Cold Blood and the U.S. television series Baretta.[1]
Robert Blake

Blake in 1977
BornMichael James Gubitosi
September 18, 1933 (age 87)
Nutley, New Jersey, U.S.
Other names
  • Bobby Blake
  • Lyman P. Docker
  • Mickey Gubitosi
Years active1939–1997
  • Sondra Kerr
    (m. 1961; div. 1983)
  • Bonnie Lee Bakley
    (m. 2000; murdered 2001)
  • Pamela Hudak
    (m. 2017; div. 2019)
Blake began acting as a child, with a lead role in the final years of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer​'s Our Gang (Little Rascals) short film series from 1939 to 1944. He also appeared as a child actor in 22 entries of the Red Ryder film franchise. In the Red Ryder series and in many of his adult roles, Blake was cast as an American Indian or Latino character.[2] After a stint in the United States Army, Blake returned to acting in both television and movie roles.[2] Blake continued acting until 1997's Lost Highway in a career that author Michael Newton called "one of the longest in Hollywood history."[2]
In 2005, Blake was tried and acquitted of the 2001 murder of his second wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley.[3][4] On November 18, 2005, he was found liable in a California civil court for her wrongful death.[5]
Early life
Robert Blake was born Michael James Gubitosi[6] in Nutley, New Jersey, on September 18, 1933. His parents were Giacomo (James) Gubitosi and his wife, Elizabeth Cafone.[citation needed] In 1930, James worked as a die setter for a can manufacturer. Eventually, Blake's parents began a song-and-dance act.[2] In 1936, their three children began performing, billed as "The Three Little Hillbillies."[2] They moved to Los Angeles, California in 1938 where their children began working as movie extras.[citation needed]
Blake had an unhappy childhood and was allegedly abused by his alcoholic father. When he entered public school at age 10, he was bullied and had fights with other students, which led to his expulsion. Blake stated that he was physically and sexually abused by both of his parents while growing up and was frequently locked in a closet and forced to eat off the floor as punishment.[2] At age 14, he ran away from home, leading to several more difficult years.[7] His father committed suicide in 1956.[2]
Child actor
Robert Blake in 1944
Then known as "Mickey Gubitosi", Blake began his acting career as Toto in the MGM movie Bridal Suite (1939), starring Annabella and Robert Young. Blake then began appearing in MGM's Our Gang short subjects (a.k.a. The Little Rascals) under his real name, replacing Eugene "Porky" Lee. He appeared in 40 of the shorts between 1939 and 1944, eventually becoming the series' final lead character. Blake's parents also made appearances in the series as extras. In Our Gang, Blake's character, Mickey, was often called upon to cry, for which he was criticized for being unconvincing. He was also criticized for being obnoxious and whiny.[8] In 1942, he acquired the stage name "Bobby Blake" and his character in the series was renamed "Mickey Blake." In 1944, MGM discontinued Our Gang, releasing the final short in the series, Dancing Romeo. In 1995, Blake was honored by the Young Artist Foundation with its Former Child Star "Lifetime Achievement" Award for his role in Our Gang.[9] In 1942, Blake appeared as "Tooky" Stedman in Andy Hardy's Double Life.
Blake as "Little Beaver" in a Red Ryder film serial chapter, ca. 1946
In 1944, Blake began playing an American Indian boy, "Little Beaver," in the Red Ryder western series at the studios of Republic Pictures (now CBS Radford Studios), appearing in twenty-three of the movies until 1947. He also had roles in one of Laurel and Hardy's later films The Big Noise (1944), and the Warner Bros. movies Humoresque (1946), playing John Garfield's character as a child, and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), playing the Mexican boy who sells Humphrey Bogart a winning lottery ticket and gets a glass of water thrown in his face by Bogart in the process. In 1950, at age 17, Blake appeared as Mahmoud in The Black Rose and as Enrico, Naples Bus Boy (uncredited) in Black Hand.[citation needed]
Career as an adult
In 1950, Blake was drafted into the United States Army. Upon leaving at the age of 21, he found himself without any job prospects and fell into a deep depression. This led to a two-year addiction to heroin and cocaine. He also sold drugs.[10] Blake entered Jeff Corey's acting class and began working on improving his personal and professional life. He eventually became a seasoned Hollywood actor, playing notable dramatic roles in movies and on television. In 1956, he was billed as Robert Blake for the first time.[citation needed]
In 1959, in what was considered a career blunder, Blake turned down the role of Little Joe Cartwright, a character ultimately portrayed by Michael Landon, in NBC's western television series Bonanza. He did appear that year as Tobe Hackett in the episode "Trade Me Deadly" of the syndicated western series 26 Men, which dramatized true stories of the Arizona Rangers. Blake also appeared twice as "Alfredo" in the syndicated western The Cisco Kid and starred in "The White Hat" episode of Men of Annapolis, another syndicated series. He appeared in three distinctive guest lead roles in the CBS series Have Gun Will Travel, as well as one-time guest roles on John Payne's NBC western The Restless Gun, Nick Adams's ABC western The Rebel, and in season 3, episode 25 of Bat Masterson, the NBC western series The Californians, the short-lived ABC adventure series Straightaway, and the NBC western television series Laramie.
Blake performed in numerous motion pictures as an adult, including the starring role in The Purple Gang (1960), a gangster movie, and featured roles in Pork Chop Hill (1959) and, as one of four U.S. soldiers participating in a gang rape in occupied Germany, in Town Without Pity (1961). He was also in Ensign Pulver (1964), The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) and other films.
Blake garnered further exposure as a member of the ensemble cast of the 1963 acclaimed but short-lived The Richard Boone Show, appearing in fifteen of the NBC series' 25 episodes. At 33, Blake played Billy the Kid in the 1966 episode "The Kid from Hell's Kitchen" of the syndicated western series Death Valley Days, hosted by Robert Taylor. In the story line, The Kid sets out to avenge the death of his friend John Tunstall played by John Anderson.[11]
In 1967, Blake experienced a career breakout due to his work in the film In Cold Blood.[12][13] Blake played real-life murderer Perry Smith, to whom he bore a chilling resemblance. Richard Brooks received two Oscar nominations for the film: one for his direction, and one for his adaptation of Truman Capote's book.[citation needed]
As Baretta with Fred.
Blake played a Native American fugitive in Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969), starred in a TV movie adaptation of Of Mice and Men (1981), and played a motorcycle highway patrolman in iconoclastic Electra Glide in Blue (1973). He played a small-town stock car driver with ambitions to join the NASCAR circuit in Corky, which MGM produced in 1972. The film featured real NASCAR drivers, including Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough.[citation needed]
Blake may be best known for his Emmy Award-winning role of Tony Baretta in the popular television series Baretta[14] (1975 to 1978), playing a street-wise, plain clothes police detective. The show's trademarks included Baretta's pet cockatoo "Fred" and his signature phrases—notably "Don't do the crime if you can't do the time", "That's the name of that tune", and "You can take that to the bank."
After Baretta ended, NBC offered to produce several pilot episodes of a proposed series titled Joe Dancer, in which Blake would play the role of a hard-boiled private detective.[15] In addition to starring, Blake also was credited as the executive producer and creator.[15] Three television films aired on NBC in 1981 and 1983, and the series never ultimately sold.[15]
He continued to act through the 1980s and 1990s, mostly in television, in such roles as Jimmy Hoffa in the miniseries Blood Feud (1983) and as John List in the murder drama Judgment Day: The John List Story (1993), which earned him a third Emmy nomination. Blake starred in the 1985 television series Hell Town, playing a priest working in a tough neighborhood. He also had character parts in the theatrical movies Money Train (1995) and played the chilling and sinister Mystery Man in David Lynch's Lost Highway (1997).[citation needed]
Marriages and children
Blake and actress Sondra Kerr were married in 1961, and divorced in 1983. It was his first marriage, from which came two children: actor Noah Blake (born 1965) and Delinah Blake (born 1966).[citation needed]
In 1999, Blake met Bonnie Lee Bakley, formerly of Wharton, New Jersey, who had already been married nine times and reportedly had a history of exploiting older men, especially celebrities, for money.[16] She was dating Christian Brando, the son of Marlon Brando, during her relationship with Blake. Bakley became pregnant and told both Brando and Blake that her baby was theirs. Initially, Bakley named the baby "Christian Shannon Brando" and stated that Brando was the father.[17] Bakley wrote letters describing her dubious motives to Blake.[18] Blake insisted that she take a DNA test to prove the paternity.[17] Blake became Bakley's tenth husband on November 19, 2000, after DNA tests proved that Blake was the biological father of her child, who was renamed Rosie.[citation needed] Blake remained married to Bakley until she was murdered on May 4, 2001.
In a March 2016 interview at age 82, Blake indicated he had a new woman in his life, who remained unnamed.[19] In 2017, Blake applied for a marriage license for his fiancée, Pamela Hudak, whom he had known for decades, and who had testified on his behalf at his trial.[20] On December 7, 2018, it was announced that Blake had filed for divorce.[21]
Death of Bonnie Lee Bakley
On May 4, 2001, Blake took Bakley out for dinner at Vitello's Italian Restaurant at 4349 Tujunga Avenue in Studio City, California. Bakley was fatally shot in the head while sitting in Blake's vehicle, which was parked on a side street around the corner from the restaurant, across the street and behind a dumpster next to a construction site. Blake claimed that he had returned to the restaurant to collect a pistol which he had left inside and claimed that he had not been present when the shooting took place. The pistol Blake claimed to have left in the restaurant was later found and determined by police not to be the murder weapon.[22]
On April 18, 2002, Blake was arrested and charged with Bakley's murder. His longtime bodyguard, Earle Caldwell, was also arrested and charged with conspiracy in connection with the murder. A key event that gave the Los Angeles Police Department the confidence to arrest Blake came when a retired stuntman, Ronald "Duffy" Hambleton, agreed to testify against him.[23] Hambleton alleged that Blake tried to hire him to kill Bakley. Another retired stuntman and an associate of Hambleton's, Gary McLarty, also came forward with a similar story.[citation needed] According to author Miles Corwin, Hambleton had agreed to testify against Blake only after being told that he would be subject to a grand jury subpoena and a misdemeanor charge.[24][25]
On April 22, 2002, Blake was charged with one count of murder with special circumstances, an offense which carried a possible death penalty. He was also charged with two counts of solicitation of murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder. Blake entered a plea of not guilty.[citation needed] On March 13, 2003, after almost a year in jail, Blake was granted bail, which was set at $1.5 million, and was allowed to go free to await trial. Blake was placed on house arrest during this time. On October 31, in a major reversal for the prosecution, the judge dismissed the conspiracy charges against Blake and Caldwell during a pre-trial hearing.[26] The junior prosecutor who handled the case, Shellie Samuels, was interviewed by CBS reporter Peter Van Sant for the CBS program 48 Hours Investigates. During the interview, broadcast in November 2003, she admitted that the prosecutors had no forensic evidence implicating Blake in the murder and that they could not tie him to the murder weapon.[26]
Trial and acquittal
Blake's criminal trial for murder began on December 20, 2004, with opening statements by the prosecution and opening statements by the defense the following day.[26] The prosecution contended that Blake intentionally murdered Bakley to free himself from a loveless marriage, while the defense claimed that Blake was an innocent victim of circumstantial and fabricated evidence. McLarty and Hambleton each testified that Blake had asked them to murder Bakley. On cross-examination, the defense brought up McLarty's mental health problems and Hambleton's criminal history. The lack of gunshot residue on Blake's hands was a key part of the defense's case that Blake was not the shooter. Blake chose not to testify.[27]
On March 16, 2005, Blake was found not guilty of murder and not guilty of one of the two counts of solicitation of murder. The other count, for solicitation to commit murder, was dropped after it was revealed that the jury was deadlocked 11–1 in favor of an acquittal. Los Angeles District Attorney Stephen Cooley, commenting on this ruling, called Blake "a miserable human being" and the jurors "incredibly stupid" to fall for the defense's claims.[28][29] Public opinion regarding the verdict was mixed, with some feeling that Blake was guilty, though many felt that there was not enough evidence to convict him.[30] On the night of his acquittal several fans celebrated at Blake's favorite haunt – and the scene of the crime – Vitello's.[31]
Civil case
Bakley’s three children filed a civil suit against Blake, asserting that he was responsible for their mother's death. During the trial, the girlfriend of Blake's co-defendant Earle Caldwell said she believed Blake and Caldwell were involved in the crime.[32]
On November 18, 2005, a jury found Blake liable for the wrongful death of his wife and ordered him to pay $30 million.[33] On February 3, 2006, Blake filed for bankruptcy.
Blake's attorney, M. Gerald Schwartzbach, appealed the court’s decision on February 28, 2007.[34] On April 26, 2008, an appeals court upheld the civil case verdict, but cut Blake's penalty assessment to $15 million.[35]
Blake has maintained a low profile since his acquittal and his filing for bankruptcy, with debts of $3 million for unpaid legal fees as well as state and federal taxes.[36] Due to his legal problems Blake has said that he might return to acting someday in order to help himself financially.[37] On April 9, 2010, the state of California filed a tax lien against Blake for $1,110,878 in unpaid back taxes.[38]
On July 16, 2012, Blake was interviewed on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight. When Piers Morgan asked Blake about the night of Bakley's murder, Blake became defensive and angry, stating he resented Morgan's questioning and felt he was being interrogated. Morgan responded he was only asking questions that he felt people were eager to have answered.[39]
1939Bridal SuiteTotoUncredited
1939Joy ScoutsMickeyShort film; credited as Mickey Gubitosi
1939Auto AnticsMickeyShort film; credited as Mickey Gubitosi
1939Captain Spanky's ShowboatMickeyShort film; credited as Mickey Gubitosi
1939Dad for a DayMickeyShort film
1939Time Out for LessonsMickeyShort film; credited as Mickey Gubitosi
1940Alfalfa's DoubleMickeyShort film; credited as Mickey Gubitosi
1940The Big PremiereMickeyShort film; credited as Mickey Gubitosi
1940All About HashMickeyShort film; credited as Mickey Gubitosi
1940The New PupilMickeyShort film; credited as Mickey Gubitosi
1940Spots Before Your EyesKidShort film; credited as Mickey Gubitosi
1940Bubbling TroublesMickeyShort film; credited as Mickey Gubitosi
1940I Love You AgainEdward Littlejohn Jr.Uncredited
1940Good Bad BoysMickeyShort film; credited as Mickey Gubitosi
1940Waldo's Last StandMickeyShort film; credited as Mickey Gubitosi
1940Goin' Fishin'MickeyShort film; credited as Mickey Gubitosi
1940Kiddie KureMickeyShort film; credited as Mickey Gubitosi
1941Fightin' FoolsMickeyShort film; credited as Mickey Gubitosi
1941Baby BluesMickeyShort film; credited as Mickey Gubitosi
1941Ye Olde MinstrelsMickeyShort film; credited as Mickey Gubitosi
19411-2-3 GoMickeyShort film; credited as Mickey Gubitosi
1941Robot WrecksMickeyShort film; credited as Mickey Gubitosi
1941Helping HandsMickeyShort film; credited as Mickey Gubitosi
1941Come Back, Miss PippsMickeyShort film; credited as Mickey Gubitosi
1941Wedding WorriesMickeyShort film; credited as Mickey Gubitosi
1941Main Street on the March!Schulte ChildShort film; uncredited
1942Melodies Old and NewMickeyShort film; credited as Mickey Gubitosi
1942Going to PressMickeyShort film; credited as Mickey Gubitosi
1942MokeyDaniel "Mokey" DelanoCredited as Bobby Blake
1942Don't LieMickeyShort film; credited as Mickey Gubitosi
1942Kid Glove KillerBoy in CarUncredited
1942Surprised PartiesMickeyShort film; credited as Mickey Gubitosi
1942Doin' Their BitMickeyShort film; uncredited
1942Rover's Big ChanceMickeyShort film
1942Mighty Lak a GoatMickeyShort film
1942Unexpected RichesMickeyShort film
1942Andy Hardy's Double Life"Tooky" Stedman
1942China GirlChandu
1943Benjamin Franklin, Jr.MickeyShort film
1943Family TroublesMickeyShort film
1943Slightly DangerousBoy on PorchUncredited
1943Calling All KidsMickeyShort film
1943Farm HandsMickeyShort film
1943Election DazeMickeyShort film
1943Salute to the MarinesJunior CarsonUncredited
1943Little Miss PinkertonMickeyShort film
1943Three Smart GuysMickeyShort film
1943Lost AngelJerry
1944Radio BugsMickeyShort film
1944Tale of a DogMickeyShort film
1944Dancing RomeoMickeyShort film
1944Tucson RaidersLittle Beaver
1944Meet the PeopleJimmy SmithUncredited
1944Marshal of RenoLittle Beaver
1944The Seventh CrossSmall BoyUncredited
1944The San Antonio KidLittle Beaver
1944The Big NoiseEgbert Hartley
1944Cheyenne WildcatLittle Beaver
1944The Woman in the WindowDickie WanleyUncredited
1944Vigilantes of Dodge CityLittle Beaver
1944Sheriff of Las VegasLittle Beaver
1945Great Stagecoach RobberyLittle Beaver
1945Pillow to PostWilbur
1945The Horn Blows at MidnightJunior Poplinski
1945Lone Texas RangerLittle Beaver
1945Phantom of the PlainsLittle Beaver
1945Marshal of LaredoLittle Beaver
1945Colorado PioneersLittle Beaver
1945DakotaLittle Boy
1945Wagon Wheels WestwardLittle Beaver
1946A Guy Could ChangeAlan Schroeder
1946California Gold RushLittle Beaver
1946Sheriff of Redwood ValleyLittle Beaver
1946Sheriff of Redwood ValleyCub Garth
1946Sun Valley CycloneLittle Beaver
1946In Old SacramentoNewsboy
1946Conquest of CheyenneLittle Beaver
1946Santa Fe UprisingLittle Beaver
1946Out California WayDanny McCoy
1946Stagecoach to DenverLittle Beaver
1946HumoresquePaul Boray as a Child
1947Vigilantes of BoomtownLittle Beaver
1947Homesteaders of Paradise ValleyLittle Beaver
1947Oregon Trail ScoutsLittle Beaver
1947Rustlers of Devil's CanyonLittle Beaver
1947Marshal of Cripple CreekLittle Beaver
1947The Return of Rin Tin TinPaul the Refugee Lad
1947The Last Round-upMike Henry
1948The Treasure of the Sierra MadreMexican Boy Selling Lottery TicketsUncredited
1950Black HandEnrico, Naples Bus BoyUncredited
1950The Black RoseMahmoud
1952Apache War SmokeLuis Herrera
1953Treasure of the Golden CondorStable BoyUncredited
1953The Veils of BagdadBeggar Boy
1956Screaming EaglesPvt. Hernandez
1956The RackItalian soldierUncredited
1956Rumble on the DocksChuck
1957Three Violent PeopleRafael Ortega
1957The Tijuana StoryEnrique Acosta Mesa
1958The Beast of BudapestKarolyi
1958Revolt in the Big HouseRudy Hernandez
1959Pork Chop HillPvt. Velie
1959Battle FlameCpl. Jake Pacheco
1959The Purple GangWilliam Joseph "Honeyboy" Willard
1961Town Without PityCorporal Jim Larkin
1963PT 109Charles "Bucky" Harris
1965The Greatest Story Ever ToldSimon the Zealot
1966This Property Is CondemnedSidney
1967In Cold BloodPerry Smith
1969Tell Them Willie Boy Is HereWillie Boy
1972Ripped-OffTeddy "Cherokee" Wilson
1973Electra Glide in BlueOfficer John Wintergreen
1980Coast to CoastCharles Callahan
1981Second-Hand HeartsLoyal Muke
1995Money TrainDonald Patterson
1997Lost HighwayThe Mystery Man
1952The Adventures of Wild Bill HickokRain CloudEpisode: "The Professor's Daughter"
1953Fireside TheatreJohnnyEpisode: "Night in the Warehouse"
1953The Cisco KidDavy / Alfredo2 episodes
1956The Roy Rogers ShowUnknown characterEpisode: "Paleface Justice"
1956–1958Broken ArrowViklai / Machogee / Young Apache Warrior3 episodes
1957Official DetectiveAl MadsenEpisode: "The Hostages"
1957Men of AnnapolisEdEpisode: "The White Hat"
195726 MenTobe HackettEpisode: "Trade Me Deadly"
1957WhirlybirdsJoseEpisode: "The Runaway"
1957The Court of Last ResortTomas MendozaEpisode: "The Tomas Mendoza Case"
1958The MillionaireClark DavisEpisode: "The John Richards Story"
1958The Restless GunLupe SandovalEpisode: "Thunder Alley"
1958The CaliforniansCassEpisode: "The Long Night"
1959Black SaddleWayne RobinsonEpisode: "Client: Robinson"
1959Playhouse 90Unknown characterEpisode: "A Trip to Paradise"
1959Dick Powell's Zane Grey TheatreCSA Cpl. Michael BersEpisode: "Heritage"
1960The RebelVirgil MossEpisode: "He's Only a Boy"
1960Alcoa Presents: One Step BeyondTomEpisode: "Gyspy"
1960–1962Have Gun - Will TravelLauro / Jessie May Turnbow / Smollet3 episodes
1961Bat MatersonBill-Bill MacWilliamsEpisode: "No Amnesty for Death"
1961Wagon TrainJohnny KamenEpisode: "The Joe Muharich Story"
1961Naked CityKnox Maquon2 episodes
1961LaramieLame WolfEpisode: "Wolf Club"
1961–1962StraightawayChu Chu2 episodes
1962Ben CaseyJesse VerdugoEpisode: "Imagine a Long Bright Corridor"
1962Cain's HundredRick CarterEpisode: "A Creature Lurks in Ambush"
1962The New BreedBobby MaderoEpisode: "My Brother's Keeper"
1963–1964The Richard Boone ShowVarious14 episodes
1965Slattery's PeopleJerry LeonEpisode: "Question: Does Nero Still at Ringside Sit?"
1965The Trials of O'BrienJoe RooneyEpisode: "Bargain Day on the Street of Regret"
1965RawhideMax Gufler / Hap Johnson2 episodes
1965–1966The F.B.I.Junior / Pete Cloud2 episodes
1966Twelve O'Clock HighLt. Johnny EagleEpisode: "A Distant Cry"
1966Death Valley DaysBilly the KidEpisode: "The Kid from Hell's Kitchen"
1975–1978BarettaDetective Anthony Vincenzo "Tony" Baretta82 episodes
197729th Primetime Emmy AwardsCo-hostWith Angie Dickinson
1981The Big Black PillJoe DancerTelevision film
1981The Monkey MissionJoe DancerTelevision film
1981Of Mice and MenGeorge MiltonTelevision film
1982Saturday Night LiveHostEpisode: "Robert Blake/Kenny Loggins"
1983Blood FeudJimmy HoffaMiniseries
1983Murder 1, Dancer 0Joe DancerTelevision film
1985Hell TownNoah "Hardstep" Rivers13 episodes
1985Heart of a Champion: The Ray Mancini StoryLenny ManciniTelevision film
1993Judgment Day: The John List StoryJohn ListTelevision film
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