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Robert Blake

American actor who began as a child in Our Gang comedies and reappeared as a powerful adult performer of leading and character roles. Born in New Jersey, the young Mickey Gubitosi won a role in MGM's Our Gang series the age of five. As one of the more prominent children in the Gang, he gained attention for his cute good looks and his lovable, if somewhat melancholy, personality. In 1940, he took on the stage name Bobby Blake (though he continued to use the name Mickey Gubitosi in the Our Gang series for another three years) and began playing child roles in a wide range of films. He gained a good deal of fame as the Indian sidekick Little Beaver in the Red Ryder series of Westerns. Though roles were sporadic as he grew to manhood, he was never long off the screen (except for a period of military service, 1954- 1956). But despite some fine work in films like Pork Chop Hill and Town Without Pity, his career did not take off until his stunning portrayal of killer Perry Smith in In Cold Blood. A number of telling performances in films of the next decade, stardom in a popular television series (Baretta), and several ruefully comic appearances as a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson made him a popular figure even as his personal difficulties increased. Consumed with anger over his treatment by his family and the studio as a child, he denigrated his early work, suffered bouts of difficulty with drugs, and became known as a difficult, perfectionistic person to work with. He quit his successful TV series Hell Town when his personal demons became overwhelming. After a self-imposed exile of nearly eight years, during which he struggled to right his life, he successfully returned to films and television work, appearing renewed and more confident in himself and his work. But in 2001, the murder of his wife Bonnie Bakley thrust Blake into the limelight in a different way. Admittedly having married Bakley through the coercion of her pregnancy, a routine Bakley had apparently tried with various other celebrities, Blake made no denial of his distaste for the woman, but was by all accounts thrilled with the daughter born to them. Blake was arrested for his wife's murder, but the presumption of innocence trumped what jurors believed to be flimsy evidence, and Blake was acquitted in a trial which made worldwide headlines. Reportedly broke from legal costs, Blake indicated hopefulness that he might be allowed to return to acting work.

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Robert Blake -- Murder Restaurant Selling Actor's Favorite Booth

Robert Blake
Murder Restaurant Selling Actor's Favorite Booth

Bad news if you've ever wanted to sit in the booth where ex-murder suspect Robert Blake ate with his wife ... shortly before she was shot to death outside Vitello's Restaurant in L.A. -- TMZ has… READ MORE >

Robert Blake Kicked Out of Memorabilia Show

Robert Blake Kicked Out of Memorabilia Show

Robert Blake was escorted out of a hotel by security this afternoon after he got into a disagreement with the organizers of an event he was featured at. Blake was supposed to sign autographs at… READ MORE >

- 1162 days ago
Robert Blake Loves Chachi

Robert Blake
Loves Chachi

Possible killer Robert Blake ran into 49-year-old former "Happy Days" star Scott Baio outside a Starbucks yesterday. When Robert Blake went back inside the Starbucks to get something, Baio ran… READ MORE >

- 1543 days ago
Robert Blake -- Your Morning Cup O' Crazy

Robert Blake -- Your Morning Cup O' Crazy

Somehow a simple "How ya doing?" to Robert Blake turned into his thoughts on spending a year in prison, some poem about his daughter, and a verse from "Someone to Watch Over Me."Somewhere, Bonnie… READ MORE >

- 1708 days ago
Robert Blake Shows Off His Guns

Robert Blake Shows Off His Guns

Robert Blake -- who was acquitted for the murder of his wife -- didn't forget his guns inside any restaurants yesterday when we got him in Beverly Glen -- just check out those loaded weapons.Blake… READ MORE >

- 1734 days ago
Robert Blake and a Hot Date

Robert Blake and a Hot Date

Robert Blake is a hard nut to crack. On the hook civilly but not criminally for the murder of his wife, we tried valiantly to engage him in conversation. How's this, Bobby: A dating show!How do… READ MORE >

- 1888 days ago
Robert Blake -- Fully Loaded

Robert Blake -- Fully Loaded

So what to ask Robert Blake. Good Italian restaurants and shooting ranges, for starters...and enders. See Also That's What She Said ...  READ MORE >

- 1920 days ago
Kat McPhee Shot by Robert Blake

Kat McPhee Shot by Robert Blake

Former "American Idol" wannabeen Katharine McPhee was snapped outside of a restaurant next to Robert Blake ... and lived. See Also That's What She Said  READ MORE >

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