Blake in 2012
|Born||Michael James Vincenzo Gubitosi
September 18, 1933
Nutley, New Jersey, U.S.
|Other names||Bobby Blake,
Lyman P. Docker,
|Years active||1939 – 1997|
(1961 – 1983; divorced),
Bonny Lee Bakley
(2000 – 2001; her death)
Robert Blake began his acting career as a child in dozens short films as Joy Scouts (1939), Captain Spanky's Show Boat (1939), The Big Premiere (1940), Good Bad Boys (1940), and the Oscar-winning short film Main Street on the March! (1941). As an adult, Blake he began to play small roles in films like The Black Rose (1950) with Tyrone Power and directed by Henry Hathaway, The Veils of Bagdad (1953) with Victor Mature, Three Violent People (1956) with Charlton Heston, Pork Chop Hill (1959) with Gregory Peck. He also had a role in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), playing the role of Simon the Zealot. Robert Blake shot to fame when playing Perry in the film In Cold Blood (1967) based on the book by Truman Capote, and directed by Richard Brooks. Another performance was playing a deranged police officer motorized in Electra Glide in Blue (1973) for this film Blake was nominated for a Golden Globe.
Robert Blake has had a long and successful career in television. His great works include Baretta as Det. Tony Baretta. Robert Blake played for 82 episodes broadcast between 1975 and 1978. Blake won a prestigious Emmy Award in 1975 and was nominated again in 1977 and also won Golden Globe in 1975 for Baretta.
Another of his works on television was his portrayal of James Riddle 'Jimmy' Hoffa in Blood Feud (1983) directed by Mike Newell, for which he was nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe in 1983. One of his last television appearances was in Judgment Day: The John List Story (1993) directed by Bobby Roth, he plays the true story of a religious fanatic who kills his family. This role was one of his best performances and earned him a nomination for an Emmy in 1993.
- LIFE 12 January 1968
- Stephen J. Cannell Television Productions: A History of All Series and Pilots by Jon Abbott
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