Robert Blake, an American actor who was best known for playing Baretta in a series of movies, died Thursday in Los Angeles at the age of 89. Blake’s family said in a statement that he died peacefully with his family and friends by his side. In 2001, he was accused of killing his own wife, which caused a lot of trouble in his life.
Michael James Gubitosi was Robert Blake’s birth name. He was born in Nutley, New Jersey. Before his family moved to California, he got his start in show business when he and his two siblings joined their parents’ song-and-dance vaudeville act, “The Three Little Hillbillies.” He played Mickey for the first time in 1939 in a series of short films called “Our Gang,” also known as “The Little Rascals.” In a statement, Robert Blake’s family said what caused his death.
BREAKING: Robert Blake, an actor known for "Baretta" and "Lost Highway," has died at 89. https://t.co/MX4TNNhzUO
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Robert Blake Cause of Death
Blake’s niece, Noreen Austin, said that the American actor died of heart disease on Thursday.
The statement said,
“He died at home with family around him peacefully, long-term heart issues.” “He spent the last few years listening to jazz music and playing his guitar and watching classic movies,” it added.
Did Robert Blake Murder His Wife Bonny Bakley?
Bonny Bakley, who was married to Robert Blake, was shot and killed in 2001. She was alone in Blake’s car near the Studio City neighbourhood of Los Angeles when the thing happened. Blake was charged with killing his wife, so he was put in jail for a year while the trial went on. After four years, a jury found him not guilty of all the charges.
But Blake was told to give $15 million to his ex-children, wife’s which forced him to file for bankruptcy. Before they split up in 1983, he was married to the actress Sondra Kerr for 22 years. During that time, he had four children with her. In 2017, he got married to his longtime friend Pamela Hudak, but they broke up two years later.
Robert Blake Career
After moving to California with his family, the boy from New Jersey made his acting debut in the Our Gang comedy series when he was a child. He started acting in the late 1930s. He is best known for playing the killer Perry Smith in both “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” and “In Cold Blood,” based on the book by Truman Capote.
He was also in the NBC show Hell Town, and the made-for-TV movie Judgement Day: The John List Story on CBS got him a nomination for an Emmy. Even though he was once considered one of the best performers of his time, his career never got back on track after he went to prison.
Robert Blake’s Net worth
At the time of his death, the news said that he had a net worth of about -$3 million. Robert Blake had owned a Studio City compound since 1983. He sold it for $1 million in 2001. In 2003, Alexandra Kingston put the seven-bedroom house on the market, and it sold for $1.5 million.
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