American actor and Emmy winner Robert Blake died at the age of 89. Blake was best known for playing the title character in the 1970s detective show Baretta and for playing the murderer Perry Smith in the classic film In Cold Blood from 1967.
Blake had a successful acting career, but in 2001, he was accused of killing his wife of less than a year, Bonnie Lee Bakley, outside a Los Angeles restaurant. This caught the attention of the whole country. The prosecution said that Blake did it to get custody of their daughter, Rose Lenore.
But a lot of his fans and coworkers remembered him as a talented actor who made his performances feel real and powerful. Blake’s death means the end of a long and famous Hollywood career. Even though his wife’s murder will always be a point of contention, his legacy as a performer will continue to be praised by both fans and critics. We’ll be back soon with more news.
But in 2005, he was found not guilty of the crimes. Even though he wasn’t charged with a crime, a civil jury found Blake to be responsible for Bakley’s death in 2005. Her children were given $30 million in damages. Blake had to file for bankruptcy because of this. Blake started acting in the late 1930s, and he did it for a long time.
He was in a lot of movies and TV shows, such as “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” and “Lost Highway.” After the murder trial, though, he lost a lot of work. The trial was compared to the trial of O.J. Simpson, which took place in Los Angeles ten years earlier.
Both cases involved famous people who were accused of killing their wives, and both got a lot of attention from the media and the public. Blake had a reputation for being hard to work with and having a hot temper throughout his career. Robert Blake was born in Nutley, New Jersey, on September 18, 1933. He was an actor from the United States.
He was the son of an Italian immigrant named Giacomo Gubitosi and an Italian-German woman named Elizabeth Cafone. Blake had a hard childhood. He grew up poor and got in trouble with the law a lot. He quit school when he was 14 and joined a street gang, but he turned his life around and went to school to become an actor.