“In Cold Blood,” “Baretta” Actor Robert Blake Dead At 89
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Emmy Award-winning actor Robert Blake died Thursday, March 9th at the age of 89. His niece, Noreen Austin, told Hollywood Reporter that Blake passed away at his home in Los Angeles after a long battle with heart disease.
Robert Blake, born Michael James Gubitosi in 1933, is an American actor who gained prominence in the 1960s and 1970s. He began his acting career as a child actor, appearing in numerous films and television shows throughout the 1940s and 1950s. He then transitioned to adult roles and gained critical acclaim for his portrayal of the character “Mickey” in the film In Cold Blood in 1967.
Blake’s most famous role came in the 1970s television series Baretta, in which he played the title character, a streetwise detective. The show was a critical and commercial success, and Blake won an Emmy Award for his performance.
In addition to his acting career, Blake had a tumultuous personal life, including several marriages and legal troubles. In 2005, he was acquitted of the murder of his second wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, but many questions and controversies still surround the case.
Overall, Robert Blake had a successful career in the entertainment industry, but his personal life was often plagued by controversy and tragedy.
Blake is survived by two children from his first marriage to Sondra Blake and a daughter he had with the late Bonny Lee Bakley.