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Robert Blake Plans Acting Comeback

Baretta star Robert Blake is planning an acting comeback, one year after he was acquitted of murdering his wife Bonnie Lee Bakley.

The 72-year-old actor, real name Michael James Gubitosi, was arrested one year after his wife was found shot to death in their car in May 2001, close to a Studio City, California restaurant where they had just dined.

But the 1970s TV star, who is currently working as a stable-hand for friends, claims he is ready to take on the world once again.

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He says, “I want to live. I’ve woken up some nights and wanted to drive till the car goes off a cliff.”

“And an hour later, poetry is coming to me. I want to go act. I want to go teach. I want to dance.”

“I can be an actor no matter what happens. I was in the middle of a job when my father committed suicide and I went to work the next day.”

Blake pleaded not guilty to the charges, telling police he had returned to Vitello’s Italian restaurant to collect a gun he had left at the table when Bakley was shot outside.

He was forced to declare bankruptcy in 2005 when a court asked him to pay his wife’s family $30 million damages in a civil suit.

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