Robert Blake (Actor) Biography
Robert Blake (actor) Full Names Michael James Gubitosi is an American actor. He had starring roles in the film In Cold Blood and the U.S. television series Baretta. He began HIs career 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.
Robert Blake (Actor) Age
Born on September 18 1933 he is 85 years of age as of 2019 in Nutley, New Jersey.His mother, Elizabeth Cafone (b. 1910), was married to Giacomo (James) Gubitosi (1906–1956). In 1930, James worked as a dye setter for a can manufacturer. Eventually, James and Elizabeth began a song-and-dance act.
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Robert Blake (Actor) Height
He stands at a height of 5′ 4″.
Robert Blake (Actor) Education
He had an unhappy childhood and was allegedly abused by his alcoholic father. When Blake entered public school at age 10, he was bullied and had fights with other students, which led to his expulsion. The Actor states 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. At age 14, he ran away from home, leading to several more difficult years. His father committed suicide in 1956.
Robert Blake (Actor) Child Acting Career
By that time known as Mickey Gubitosi, Blake began his acting career as Toto in the MGM movie Bridal Suite (1939) starring Annabella and Robert Young.
He then began appearing in MGM’s Our Gang short subjects under his real name, replacing Eugene “Porky” Lee. Gubitosi appeared in 40 of the shorts between 1939 and 1944, eventually becoming the series’ final lead character. James and Giovanna Gubitosi also made appearances in the series as extras. In Our Gang, His 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. 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.
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. 1946In 1944, Blake began playing a Native American boy, “Little Beaver,” in the Red Ryder western series at the studios of Republic Pictures, appearing in 23 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.
Robert Blake (Actor) Adult Career
In 1950, He was drafted into the Army. After returning to Southern California, he 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.
In 1959, in what was considered a career blunder, he turned down the role of Little Joe Cartwright, a character ultimately portrayed by Michael Landon, in NBC’s western television series Bonanza. Blake 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. Blake appeared in three distinctive guest lead roles in the CBS series Have Gun Will Travel. He also guest-starred on John Payne’s NBC western The Restless Gun, Nick Adams’s ABC western The Rebel, the NBC western series The Californians, the ABC adventure series Straightaway, and the American Western television series Laramie, which aired on NBC from 1959 to 1963.
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.
Blake may be best known for his Emmy Award-winning role of Tony Baretta in the popular television series Baretta (1975 to 1978), playing an undercover police detective who specialized in disguises. The show’s trademarks included Baretta’s pet cockatoo “Fred,” 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. In addition to starring, Blake also was credited as the executive producer and creator. Three television films aired on NBC in 1981 and 1983, and the series never ultimately sold.
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; and 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).
Robert Blake Wife
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 Delilah Blake (born 1966).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. She was chemical analysis Christian Brando, son of Marlon Brando, during her relationship with Blake.
Bakley became pregnant and told each Brando and painter that her baby was theirs. Initially, Bakley named the baby “Christian Shannon Brando” and declared that Brando was the daddy. Bakley wrote letters describing her dubious motives to painter. Blake insisted that she take a DNA test to prove the paternity. 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.
Actor Robert Blake Dead Or Alive
The Actor is alive as of July 2019.
Robert Blake Actor Net Worth
Blake was acquitted but on November 18, 2005, a California civil court found him liable for her wrongful death and ordered him to pay $30 million. That figure was eventually cut down to $15 million. On February 4, 2006, Robert Blake filed for bankruptcy listing $3 million in liabilities. On April 9, 2010, the state of California filed a lien against the actor seeking $1,110,878 for unpaid back taxes.
Did Actor Robert Blake Killed His Wife
In 2005, Blake was tried and acquitted of the 2001 murder of his second wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley. On November 18, 2005, he was found liable in a California civil court for her wrongful death
Robert Blake Actor Quotes
I was on the set when I was five years old with Spencer Tracy. A lot of what I learned growing up in terms of artistry is very clean, very tidy, very organized.
Don’t give it to the audience; leave it to the audience.
I came to the conclusion that the very best thing for Rosie, from the time she was 2 weeks old, was for us to get married.
I’m a human being, I’m not a machine. I’m 72. I’m dyslexic
The majority of information I gave the police was about my wife and her family, which is what they wanted.
What are they going to do to me that they haven’t done already? They took away my entire past. They took away my entire future. What’s left for them to take?
Right now, I’m worth a million dollars, and I owe Uncle Sam a million-and-a-half dollars, and I made a deal with him. I said, ‘Uncle Sam, I’m going to pay you 25 grand a month.’
Robert Blake(Actor) Movies
Actor (162 credits)
1997 Lost Highway
1995 Money Train
1993 Judgment Day: The John List Story (TV Movie)
1985 Hell Town (TV Series)
Father Noah ‘Hardstep’ Rivers
– One Ball (1985) … Father Noah ‘Hardstep’ Rivers
– The One Called Daisy (1985) … Father Noah ‘Hardstep’ Rivers
– Stumpy Boy (1985) … Father Noah ‘Hardstep’ Rivers
– I Will Abide (1985) … Father Noah ‘Hardstep’ Rivers
– Hell Town Goes Bananas (1985) … Father Noah ‘Hardstep’ Rivers
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1985 Heart of a Champion: The Ray Mancini Story (TV Movie)
1985 Hell Town (TV Movie)
Father Noah ‘Hardstep’ Rivers
1983 Murder 1, Dancer 0 (TV Movie)
1983 Blood Feud (TV Movie)
James Riddle ‘Jimmy’ Hoffa
1981 Of Mice and Men (TV Movie)
1981 Second-Hand Hearts
1981 The Monkey Mission (TV Movie)
1981 The Big Black Pill (TV Movie)