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Robert Blake
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Birth Name: Michael James Vijencio Gubitosi
Birthdate: September 18, 1933
Birthplace: Nutley, New Jersey
Occupations: Actor, Director, Producer
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Claim to Fame: Played Mickey, the tough little rascal in the Our Gang series (1940-1943)

Significant Other(s):
Wife: Bonny Lee Bakley; married November 19, 2000; died May 4, 2001
Wife: Sondra Blake (née Kerr), actress; married 1964; divorced 1983

Father: James Gubitosi, blacksmith
Son: Noah Blake, actor
Daughter: Delinah Blake, psychologist
Daughter: Rose Lenore Sophia Blake; born June 2000

Robert Blake has had as many ups and downs in his long career as he has had stage names. Yet, when given the chance and when he was on a calm career cycle, he has proven to be a fine actor. As such, he is recalled not just for his popular 1980s series "Baretta", but also for the startling "In Cold Blood" (1967) and as Jimmy Hoffa in the 1983 syndicated "Blood Feud" miniseries. Blake began his career in the "Our Gang" comedy shorts, billed as Mickey Gubistosi. He was rechristened as Bobby Blake at MGM, where he appeared as a juvenile in small roles in such films as "I Love You Again" (1940) , "Andy Hardy's Double Life" (1942) and "Salute to the Marines" (1943). While he never reached child stardom, he earned some notice, billed as Robby Blake, portraying "Little Beaver" in a string of Republic low-budget Westerns while in his early teens. He continued making appearances as either 'Bobby' or 'Robby' Blake into the 50s, often in small roles. Yet, in 1950, he co-produced and starred in (as Robert Blake) the independently made "Blackout". Later, he worked as a stuntman and actor in two Columbia feature films. By the early 60s, he was almost always in supporting parts (e.g., as one of the rapist GIs in "Town Without Pity" (1961) and as a member of JFK's crew in "P.T. 109" (1963). It was not until "In Cold Blood" that Blake was able to demonstrate his acting mettle. Cast as murderer Perry Smith, the film and Blake's performance earned raves. He then played the title role in "Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here" (1969) before slipping into weak productions. After nearly two decades of small screen work followed by a retreat from Tinseltown, Blake re-emerged in 1993 as the star of the CBS TV-movie, "Judgment Day: The John List Story", based on the true story of an accountant who murdered his family and got away with the dead for almost two decades. In 1995, he returned to the big screen in a strong supporting role in "Money Train" and subsequently delivered a suitably creepy turn as a mysterious man in David Lynch's "Lost Highway" (1997).

Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch (Made for TV) (1997)
Lost Highway (1997)
Money Train (1995)
Judgment Day: The John List Story (Made for TV) (1993)
Father of Hell Town (Made for TV) (1985)
Heart of a Champion: The Ray Mancini Story (Made for TV) (1985)
Murder One, Dancer 0 (Made for TV) (1983)
Blood Feud (Made for TV) (1983)
Big Black Pill, The (Made for TV) (1981)
Of Mice and Men (Made for TV) (1981)
Second-Hand Hearts (1981)
Joe Dancer: The Big Trade (Made for TV) (1981)
Monkey Mission, The (Made for TV) (1981)
Coast to Coast (1980)
Baretta (Made for TV) (1975)
Busting (1974)
Electra Glide in Blue (1973)
Corky (1972)
Uomo dalla pelle dura, L' (1971)
Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969)
In Cold Blood (1967)
This Property Is Condemned (1966)
Greatest Story Ever Told, The (1965)
PT 109 (1963)
Town Without Pity (1961)
Purple Gang, The (1960)
Battle Flame (1959)
Pork Chop Hill (1959)
Beast of Budapest, The (1958)
Revolt in the Big House (1958)
Tijuana Story, The (1957)
Three Violent People (1956)
Rack, The (1956)
Rumble on the Docks (1956)
Screaming Eagles (1956)
Treasure of the Golden Condor (1953)
Veils of Bagdad, The (1953)
Apache War Smoke (1952)
Black Rose, The (1950)
Black Hand (1949)
Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948)
Return of Rin Tin Tin, The (1947)
Oregon Trail Scouts (1947)
Marshal of Cripple Creek (1947)
Last Round-Up, The (1947)
Vigilantes of Boomtown (1947)
Rustlers of Devil's Canyon, The (1947)
Homesteaders of Paradise Valley (1947)
Conquest of Cheyenne (1946)
In Old Sacramento (1946)
Humoresque (1946)
Home on the Range (1946)
California Gold Rush (1946)
Guy Could Change, A (1946)
Out California Way (1946)
Santa Fe Uprising (1946)
Sheriff of Redwood Valley (1946)
Stagecoach to Denver (1946)
Sun Valley Cyclone (1946)
Horn Blows at Midnight, The (1945)
Marshal of Laredo (1945)
Great Stagecoach Robbery, The (1945)
Wagon Wheels Westward (1945)
Pillow to Post (1945)
Phantom of the Plains (1945)
Dakota (1945)
Lone Texas Ranger, The (1945)
Colorado Pioneers (1945)
Woman in the Window, The (1944)
Big Noise, The (1944)
Cheyenne Wildcat (1944)
Dancing Romeo (1944)
Marshal of Reno (1944)
Meet the People (1944)
Radio Bugs (1944)
San Antonio Kid, The (1944)
Seventh Cross, The (1944)
Sheriff of Las Vegas (1944)
Tale of a Dog (1944)
Tucson Raiders (1944)
Vigilantes of Dodge City (1944)
Calling All Kids (1943)
Benjamin Franklin, Jr. (1943)
Election Daze (1943)
Salute to the Marines (1943)
Family Troubles (1943)
Farm Hands (1943)
Three Smart Guys (1943)
Lost Angel (1943)
Little Miss Pinkerton (1943)
Slightly Dangerous (1943)
Going to Press (1942)
Andy Hardy's Double Life (1942)
Unexpected Riches (1942)
Surprised Parties (1942)
Rover's Big Chance (1942)
China Girl (1942)
Mokey (1942)
Mighty Lak a Goat (1942)
Melodies Old and New (1942)
Doin' Their Bit (1942)
Don't Lie (1942)
Kid Glove Killer (1942)
Helping Hands (1941)
Come Back, Miss Pipps (1941)
Baby Blues (1941)
1-2-3 Go! (1941)
Fightin' Fools (1941)
Wedding Worries (1941)
Robot Wrecks (1941)
Olde Minstrels, Ye (1941)
Good Bad Boys (1940)
All About Hash (1940)
Goin' Fishin' (1940)
Big Premiere, The (1940)
I Love You Again (1940)
Kiddie Kure (1940)
Alfalfa's Double (1940)
Bubbling Troubles (1940)
New Pupil, The (1940)
Waldo's Last Stand (1940)
Time Out for Lessons (1939)
Auto Antics (1939)
Bridal Suite (1939)
Dad for a Day (1939)
Joy Scouts (1939)
Captain Spanky's Show Boat (1939)

1976: Golden Globe, Best TV Actor, Baretta
1976: Hasting Pudding Theatricals, Man of the Year
1995: Young Artist Awards, Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award, The Little Rascals

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