Robert Blake – Bio, Daughter, Is He Dead or Alive, Net Worth, Wife and Family

Robert Blake is an American former actor whose career spanned five decades (1939 to 1997) in Hollywood. He began his career as a child and it has been called one of the longest in Hollywood history. Blake has been featured in many films and TV series, most notably In Cold Blood and the TV series Baretta. He also made headlines in 2002 when he was accused of killing his second wife in 2001 but was tried and acquitted of the crime in 2005. Find out all about him here.

Robert Blake’s bio

He was born Michael James Gubitosi on September 18, 1933, in Nutley, New Jersey, USA. Besides Robert Blake, he is also known by several other monikers including Bobby Blake, Lyman P. Docker and Mickey Gubitosi. His parents were Elizabeth Cafone and Giacomo (James) Gubitosi, both Italians. He had two siblings; an older sister, Jovanni Gubitose aka Joan Blake, who died in 1985, and older brother James Gubitosi, who died in 1995. His father committed suicide in 1956.

After the end of their father’s career as The three Gubitosi children, who had worked for a can manufacturer, performed together with their parents in 1936 under the name The Three Little Hillbillies. Two years later, the family moved to Los Angeles, where the children worked as film extras. Despite all the childhood activities most of us would crave, Robert Blake described it as unhappy and difficult. He was allegedly abused by his parents and bullied at school.

Robert Blake was expelled from school at the age of 10 and fled home four years later. The years after fleeing home were even more difficult as he had to transform into a man overnight. Still, he was thankful that he had survived and found immense success as an actor.


He started acting at the age of 6, appearing in his first film Bridal Suite (1939) as Toto. He was then known as Mickey Gubitosi. He then appeared in the film series Our Gang (1922-1944) as Mickey, from 1939 to 1944 and became widely known. His siblings also appeared in the short films as extras. In addition to the fame and platform the series offered him, it continued to pay off long after it aired. In 1995, he was awarded the former child star’s “Lifetime Achievement” award by the Young Artist Foundation.

In the burgeoning years of his childhood career, he was ready to take on any role and often called himself someone who can do anything. As such, he played numerous children’s roles in a variety of films such as Double Life (1942), the comedy film, The Great Noise (1944), the Red Ryder film series from 1944 to 1947, Humoresque (1946) and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948). In 1950 he took a break from acting to enter military service.

After the break, Mickey Gubitosi returned to his strength. He enrolled in an acting class to brush up on his skills. His venture paid off and he eventually became known as a sought-after Hollywood actor. As such, he played notable dramatic roles on both the big and small screens, and was first billed as Robert Blake in 1956.

In the late ’50s he had roles in episodes of several syndicated Western series, including 26 Men Over 40 and Men of Annapolis A string of guest roles on numerous series followed, including Have Gun Travels , The Restless Gun , The Rebel , The Californians , Sofort , and Laramie He also appeared in films such as Pork Chop Hill (1959), The Purple Gang (1960), City Without Pity (1961), Ensign Powder (1964) and The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965).

He also rose to fame as a cast member on NBC’s short-lived anthology series The Richard Boone Show, appearing in 15 of the 25 episodes of the series in 1963. Also, Blake played Billy the Kid in a 1966 episode of the Syndicated Anthology series, Death Valley Days The following year, his career took off when he played real-life killer Perry Smith in In Cold Blood

His role in the TV series Baretta (1975-1978) earned him an Emmy Award as an undercover cop. In the years leading up to the end of his career, he appeared primarily in television in roles such as John List in the murder drama Judgment Day: The John List Story (1993), for which he received his third Emmy nomination. He also played the creepy and sinister mystery man who murders his wife in Abandoned Freeway (1997), a film based on the OJ Simpson case.

Wealth (income and earnings)

Robert Blake had a successful career and was recognized as a star on the field. Though he amassed wealth during his acting days, it all seemed to go under during his murder trial. He filed for bankruptcy on February 4, 2006, listing $3 million in liabilities. In April 2010, a lien was filed against him by the State of California for his unpaid taxes of $1,110,878. His net worth was estimated at $1.1 million.

Robert Blake’s family – wife, daughter

The Beretta actor was previously married to actress Sondra Kerr from 1961 to 1983. In their marriage of over two decades, which ended in divorce, they had two children; Actors Noah Blake (born 1965) and Delinah Blake (born 1966).

Years later, in 1999, he met Bonnie Lee Bakley. The woman was notorious for her history of exploiting older men – especially celebrities – for money and had been married nine times. Their daughter, named Rosie, was born in June 2000, although Bakley initially claimed the child was fathered by Christian Brando, son of actor Marlon Brando, whom she was dating at the same time as Blake. However, a paternity test revealed the baby was Blake’s daughter.

They eventually tied the knots and Blake became her tenth husband on November 19, 2000 until her death on May 4, 2001. In 2017 he married Pamela Hudak and on December 7, 2018 it was announced that Blake was filing for divorce after a year of marriage had submitted.

Is he dead or alive?

Much like the plot in Lost Highway, events take place in real life and interestingly, Blake was a main character. His second wife was brutally shot in 2001 while she was in Blake’s vehicle, which was parked outside the restaurant where they were having dinner.

Over a year after her death, he was arrested and charged with her murder, solicitation of murder, conspiracy and a special circumstance lying in wait. He spent a year in prison and was released in March 2003 to await trial with a $1.5 million suspended sentence. In March 2005 he was charged with the crime and acquitted. Months later, however, he was held accountable in a civil court for her wrongful death in a lawsuit brought against him by Bakley’s older children and ordered to pay over $30 million in damages. That could mean the case is still unsolved.

The veteran actor is still alive and although his career has stalled for a very long time, he still hopes to be offered another great acting role before he dies.

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