Robert Blake

Born Sep 18, 1933

Robert Blake is an American actor who starred in the film In Cold Blood and the U.S. television series Baretta and "Hell Town". In 2005, he was tried and acquitted for the 2001 murder of his wife, but on November 18, 2005, Blake was found liable in a California civil court for her wrongful death.… Read More

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1933 Birth Born on September 18, 1933.
Blake began performing as a child, with a lead role in the final years of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Our Gang (Little Rascals) short film series from 1939 to 1944. … Read More
In 1942, he acquired the stage name Bobby Blake and his character in the series was renamed "Mickey Blake." … Read More
1944 10 Years Old In 1944, Blake began playing a Native American boy, "Little Beaver," in the Red Ryder Western series at the studios of Republic Pictures (now CBS Radford Studios), appearing in 23 of the movies until 1947. … Read More


1950 16 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1950, at age 17, Blake appeared as Mahmoud in The Black Rose and as Enrico, Naples Bus Boy (uncredited) in Black Hand.


1956 22 Years Old 1 More Event
…  His father committed suicide in 1956. … Read More
In 1959, in what was considered a career blunder, he turned down the role of Little Joe Cartwright, a character ultimately portrayed by Michael Landon, in NBC's western television series Bonanza. … Read More
1961 27 Years Old Blake and actress Sondra Kerr were married in 1961 and divorced in 1983. … Read More


1964 30 Years Old After a stint in the Army, Blake returned to acting in both television and movie roles. He was married to Sondra Kerr, his first wife, with whom he had two children, from 1964 until their divorce in 1983. … Read More
1966 32 Years Old At 33, Blake played Billy the Kid in the 1966 episode "The Kid from Hell's Kitchen" of the syndicated western series, Death Valley Days, hosted by Robert Taylor. … Read More
1967 33 Years Old In 1967, he experienced a career breakout playing real-life murderer Perry Smith, to whom he bore a chilling resemblance, in In Cold Blood. … Read More
1972 38 Years Old He played a small-town stock car driver with ambitions to join the NASCAR circuit in Corky, which MGM produced in 1972. … Read More


1985 51 Years Old Blake starred in the 1985 television series Hell Town, playing a priest working in a tough neighborhood; and he also had character parts in the theatrical movies Money Train (1995) and played the chilling and sinister Mystery Man in David Lynch's Lost Highway (1997).


1999 - 2001 3 More Events
2002 68 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 18, 2002, Blake was arrested and charged with the murder of his wife. … Read More
2003 69 Years Old 1 More Event
On March 13, 2003, after almost a year in jail, Blake was granted bail, which was set at US$1.5 million, and he was allowed to go free to await trial. … Read More
2004 70 Years Old Blake's criminal trial for murder began on December 20, 2004, with opening statements by the prosecution and opening statements by the defense the following day. … Read More
On February 7, 2005, Gary McLarty claimed that in March 2001, Blake attempted to contract him to murder his wife; McLarty allegedly declined. … Read More
2006 - 2010 3 More Events
2011 77 Years Old In December 2011, Blake appeared on Tavis Smiley.
2012 78 Years Old On July 16, 2012, Blake was interviewed on Piers Morgan Tonight. … Read More
2016 82 Years Old In a March 2016 interview, Blake claimed he had a private nurse and that he was suffering from incontinence.
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