Robert Blake

Actor, Producer, Stuntman
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 ... Read more »
Born: 09/18/1933 in Nutley, New Jersey, USA


Actor (50)

The Love Guru 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Natalie Wood: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


Lost Highway 1997 (Movie)

Mystery Man (Actor)

Money Train 1995 (Movie)

Patterson (Actor)

The NBC All-Star Hour 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


Murder 1, Dancer 0 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)


The American Film Institute Salute to John Huston 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)


Of Mice and Men 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)


Coast to Coast 1980 (Movie)

Charlie Callahan (Actor)

Second-Hand Hearts 1979 (Movie)


Baretta 1974 - 1978 (TV Show)


Busting 1974 (Movie)

Farrell (Actor)

Electra Glide in Blue 1973 (Movie)

Wintergreen (Actor)

Corky 1971 (Movie)

Corky (Actor)

Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here 1969 (Movie)

Willie Boy (Actor)

In Cold Blood 1967 (Movie)

Perry Smith (Actor)

This Property Is Condemned 1966 (Movie)

Sidney (Actor)

The Greatest Story Ever Told 1965 (Movie)

Simon the Zealot (Actor)

The Richard Boone Show 1963 - 1965 (TV Show)


PT109 1963 (Movie)

"Bucky" Harris (Actor)

Town Without Pity 1961 (Movie)

Jim (Actor)

Pork Chop Hill 1959 (Movie)

Velie (Actor)

The Rack 1956 (Movie)

Italian Soldier (Actor)

Three Violent People 1956 (Movie)

Rafael (Actor)

Treasure of the Golden Condor 1953 (Movie)

Stable Boy (Actor)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948 (Movie)


Dakota 1945 (Movie)


Marshal of Reno 1944 (Movie)


The Woman in the Window 1943 (Movie)

Dickie (Actor)

Andy Hardy's Double Life (Movie)

Tooky (Actor)

Blood Feud (TV Show)


Father of Hell Town (TV Show)


Fireside Theater (TV Show)


Hell Town (TV Show)


I Love You Again (Movie)

Littlejohn Jr. (Actor)

Lost Angel (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

Meet the People (Movie)

Jimmy, Age 7 (Actor)

Pillow to Post (Movie)

Wilbur (Actor)

Salute to the Marines (Movie)

Little Beaver (Actor)

Slightly Dangerous (Movie)

Boy on Porch (Actor)

Stagecoach to Denver (Movie)

Little Beaver (Actor)

The Big Black Pill (TV Show)


The Big Noise (Movie)

Egbert (Actor)

The Black Rose (Movie)

Mahmoud (Actor)

The Horn Blows at Midnight (Movie)

Junior (Actor)

The Marshal of Cripple Creek (Movie)

Little Beaver (Actor)

The Monkey Mission (TV Show)


The Veils of Bagdad (Movie)

Beggar Boy (Actor)


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.


Bonnie Bakley

Met at a nightclub in Los Angeles Married Nov. 15, 2000 Bakley died of a gunshot wound to the head May 4, 2001 Blake arrested and charged with her murder April 22, 2002 Jury acquitted Blake March 16, 2004

Sondra Blake Actor

Married Nov. 25, 1961 Divorced Sept. 12, 1983; subsequently linked to former TV talk show host Les Crane

Delinah Blake Actor

Born August 1966; mother, Sondra Blake

Noah Blake Actor

Born Feb. 1, 1965; mother, Sondra Blake

Rose Blake

Born June 2, 2000; originally named Christian Shannon Brando as mother thought Christian Brando was father; mother, Bonnie Lee Bakley

Joan Blake


James Gubitosi

Had song-and-dance act with wife

Elizabeth Gubitosi

Had song-and-dance act with husband

James Gubitosi




Featured in the documentary "Paul Williams Still Alive"


Published memoir Tales of a Rascal


Acted in mystery drama "Lost Highway," directed by David Lynch


Feature film comeback, "Money Train"


Made TV comeback in "Judgment Day: The John List Story" (CBS); received Emmy nomination


Took a break from acting


Appeared as Father Rivers on short-lived series "Hell Town" (NBC); also wrote and produced using pseudonym Lyman P. Docker


Portrayed Jimmy Hoffa in "Blood Feud" miniseries


Played George Milton in NBC remake of "Of Mice and Men"


Served as creator, executive producer, and star of series of "Joe Dancer" TV-movies; first one was "The Big Black Pill" (NBC)


Achieved TV stardom as the titular detective on ABC crime drama "Baretta"; won Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1975)


Breakthrough screen role, Perry Smith in "In Cold Blood"


Appeared as a regular on "The Richard Boone Show" (NBC)


Played Cpl. Jim Larkin in "Town Without Pity"


Acted in "Night in the Warehouse" episode of "Fireside Theatre"


Producer and first billing as Robert Blake in "Eros"


Played bit part in "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre"


Played 'Little Beaver' in "Tucson Raiders" and subsequent Republic series of films


Played title role in "Mokey"


Feature film debut, the MGM romantic comedy "I Love You Again"


Acted in numerous "Our Gang" shorts including "Joy Scouts" and "Captain Spanky's Show Boat"

Bonus Trivia


On May 4, 2001, Blake's wife Bonny Lee Bakley was found murdered in the actor's parked car outside a Studio City, CA restaurant where they had dined. Blake was arrested and charged with murdering his wife on April 22, 2002. Preliminary hearing began on the same day Blake's interview with Barbara Walters aired. The interview was conducted against Blake's attorney's wishes. In 2002, Blake insisted on doing an interview with Diane Sawyer, which resulted in the resignation of his lawyer. On March 16, 2004, a jury acquitted the former "Baretta" star in the shooting death of Bakley.


Bakley's three children filed a civil suit against Blake, claiming the actor was responsible for their mother's death. On Nov. 18, 2005, the jury found Blake liable for Bakley's wrongful death and ordered him to pay $30 million.


In July 2012, Blake exchanged in a heated and profanity-laced interview on "Piers Morgan Tonight" (CNN). Morgan asked Blake about the night of the murder of his wife, which angered the actor.