Robert Blake

Actor Robert Blake

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.
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Talking With Tarantino: The Sight and Sound Excerpt
Huffington Post - about 2 years
The new Sight & Sound features my ten-page interview with its February cover star, Quentin Tarantino, and they have graciously allowed me to excerpt a portion of the extensive Q&A here. This is a nice chunk of it, but there's so much more in the magazine, from getting to know his characters, to the Roadshow appeal of The Hateful Eight and themes in the movie, to movie violence, to Leonardo DiCaprio's character in Django, to shooting on Ultra Panavision, to his own theater in Los Angeles, The New Beverly (shout out to Clu Gulager in the issue), to his love of old film prints, to interesting thoughts and facts about his past movies, and much, much more. Dig in and read it all via the magazine. For now, check out these choice moments from the interview. "There was a whole lot of speculation from some people about this whole 70mm thing, as in, that's really great, but it's just this set-bound parlor piece, so isn't it just a big old fucking waste of time and money? And, I th...
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NYC Makes Huge Investment In Housing To Combat Homelessness
Huffington Post - about 2 years
NEW YORK (AP) — The scene of neighbors hanging holiday decorations at their tidy Bronx apartment building was nothing remarkable, except to the people doing it. Like everyone else at Haven Apartments, they had been homeless and mentally ill. And now they have their own apartments, in a building offering on-site help with everything from handling finances to managing medical care to making friends. Facing a stubborn swell in homelessness, New York is embarking on what may be the biggest investment any city has made in places like Haven — a $2.6 billion plan to create 15,000 "supportive housing" apartments. Advocates see the nation's fast-growing stock of supportive housing as a potent, cost-effective tool for getting people off the streets and into stable lives. And it has been that for Iris Soto, who moved into Haven from a homeless shelter in 2013. "I feel like this is my family that I got here," says Soto, 59. Staffers helped her cope with the depression that used t...
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NYC Makes Huge Investment In Housing To Combat Homelessness
Huffington Post - about 2 years
NEW YORK (AP) — The scene of neighbors hanging holiday decorations at their tidy Bronx apartment building was nothing remarkable, except to the people doing it. Like everyone else at Haven Apartments, they had been homeless and mentally ill. And now they have their own apartments, in a building offering on-site help with everything from handling finances to managing medical care to making friends. Facing a stubborn swell in homelessness, New York is embarking on what may be the biggest investment any city has made in places like Haven — a $2.6 billion plan to create 15,000 "supportive housing" apartments. Advocates see the nation's fast-growing stock of supportive housing as a potent, cost-effective tool for getting people off the streets and into stable lives. And it has been that for Iris Soto, who moved into Haven from a homeless shelter in 2013. "I feel like this is my family that I got here," says Soto, 59. Staffers helped her cope with the depression that used t...
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NYC Makes Huge Investment In Housing To Combat Homelessness
The Huffington Post - about 2 years
NEW YORK (AP) — The scene of neighbors hanging holiday decorations at their tidy Bronx apartment building was nothing remarkable, except to the people doing it. Like everyone else at Haven Apartments, they had been homeless and mentally ill. And now they have their own apartments, in a building offering on-site help with everything from handling finances to managing medical care to making friends. Facing a stubborn swell in homelessness, New York is embarking on what may be the biggest investment any city has made in places like Haven — a $2.6 billion plan to create 15,000 "supportive housing" apartments. Advocates see the nation's fast-growing stock of supportive housing as a potent, cost-effective tool for getting people off the streets and into stable lives. And it has been that for Iris Soto, who moved into Haven from a homeless shelter in 2013. "I feel like this is my family that I got here," says Soto, 59. Staffers helped her cope with the depression that used t...
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Jim Moret: Jodi Arias: Miss Trial
The Huffington Post - over 4 years
She slaughtered her ex-boyfriend and saved a network. The jury of twelve who convicted Jodi Arias of first degree murder deadlocked over whether to sentence her to death. Now, the four-month long televised soap opera is set to start again with a new panel of jurors whose sole responsibility is to decide Arias' fate. The once vaguely attractive blonde who transformed into a plain, bookish brunette during the sensational trial seemed to have much of the nation under her spell. During the testimony we learned how she used her sexuality and sex itself to lure and trap her ultimate victim, Travis Alexander.  His family and friends endured the torture of hearing the character of this man they loved verbally attacked, much as she physically attacked him so viciously with a knife and then a gun, claiming his life. HLN became reinvigorated, attracting record-setting ratings for Arias, Inc. The network tapped into this newfound rabid and loyal following, eager to tune in to virtu...
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Hulu.com: Trampolining With the Stars and 10 Other Shows That Should Should Exist Now That Splash Does
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
ABC knows what you're thinking: You want to see a sopping wet Louie Anderson struggle to find his way out of a pool on a weekly basis while Detroit Lion Ndamukong Suh looks on, lying supine on a towel. That's why they made the celebrity diving show Splash, which premiered on Tuesday. Celebrities dive and the arc of the show is that celebrities might get better at that. "America's gone off the deep end!" is what its catchphrase is. Oh, wait, no. It isn't. That appears to have just come to me, sort of like a dark premonition before the death of a loved one. Anyway, since this sort of thing is now possible, we came up with 11 other potential reality sports TV shows. Most of them involve drinking, sexualizing people, and shooting stuff because America is a lot like Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome right now and we're not looking to change that. We're simply looking to capitalize on it. Get used to the America you've created, network executives! Remember: You did this to yourse...
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US plays down Afghan threat to Central Asia
Fox News - about 5 years
A senior U.S. diplomat has played down concerns among Central Asian governments that the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan could foment regional instability. Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake said Tuesday during a visit to Turkmenistan that the United States will conduct a responsible pullback that ensures security gains made in recent years. He says U.S. security forces will focus after 2014 on training Afghan troops and continuing the counterterrorism mission. Blake commended governments in the region for their role in helping rebuild the Afghan economy. He singled out Turkmenistan for praise for supplying electricity to Afghanistan, with which it shares a 750-kilometer (465-mile) frontier. He was circumspect over Turkmenistan's much-criticized lack of democratic rights, noting only that he urged authorities in talks Tuesday to promote fundamental freedoms.
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U.S. jobs: What the analysts say
Financial Post - over 5 years
NEW YORK — The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8% in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama’s re-election bid. Here’s what the analysts say RUSSELL PRICE, SENIOR ECONOMIST, AMERIPRISE FINANCIAL, DETROIT “Employment trends have been holding up better than most people expected, particularly considering the manufacturing sector has seen a decline in order activity over the last few months, which just now seems to be recovering somewhat, and the fact that the economy in general has been relatively weak. ”So the fact that employment is holding up better than would be expected in that situation is a positive. It indicates businesses have largely shed down to the bone and really have to continue to add to their employment levels just to keep up with even the smallest improvements in demand.“ TOM PORCELLI, CHIEF U.S. ECONOMIST, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS, NEW YORK ”The reaction to this report is quite interesting and the reaction is that thi...
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Robert Blake has been paying damages to murdered wife's family following wrongful death conviction
Daily Mail (UK) - over 5 years
$15million penalty
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Sylvester Stallone hires PI to investigate sons's death
LATimes - over 5 years
Sylvester Stallone has hired a private investigator to examine the circumstances surrounding the death of his son Sage Stallone, according to sources familiar with the case. The source said the investigator will primarily guide the Stallone family through the death investigation and work as a liaison with authorities. The investigator, Scott Ross, who has long known the family, has worked on other high-profile case including the Michael Jackson molestation case and the Robert Blake murder investigation. Authorities probing the death of Stallone will attempt to determine who prescribed the pain killers found at his home and whether the pills found corresponded to the prescription, according to law enforcement sources. The sources stressed detectives don't know whether pills played any role in his death but said the amount of pill bottles found at Stallone's Studio City home was enough to warrant investigation. Some of the containers were empty, they said. Officials made simil...
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Blake: Bakley was a con artist
CNN - over 5 years
Actor Robert Blake talks to CNN's Piers Morgan about his murdered wife Bonny Lee Bakley and says she was a con artist.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Robert Blake
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 82
    In a March 2016 interview, Blake claimed he had a private nurse and that he was suffering from incontinence.
  • 2012
    Age 78
    On July 16, 2012, Blake was interviewed on Piers Morgan Tonight.
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  • 2011
    Age 77
    In December 2011, Blake appeared on Tavis Smiley.
  • 2010
    Age 76
    On April 9, 2010, the state of California filed a tax lien against Blake for US$1,110,878 with the Los Angeles County Recorder of Deeds for unpaid back taxes.
  • 2008
    Age 74
    On April 26, 2008, an appeals court upheld the civil case verdict, but cut Blake's penalty assessment in half to US$15 million.
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  • 2006
    Age 72
    On February 3, 2006, Blake filed for bankruptcy.
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  • 2005
    Age 71
    Bakley's three children filed a civil suit against Blake, asserting that he was responsible for their mother's death. On November 18, 2005, the jury found Blake liable for the wrongful death of his wife and ordered him to pay US$30 million.
    On March 16, 2005, Blake was found not guilty of the murder of Bonnie Lee Bakley and not guilty of one of the two counts of solicitation of murder.
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    On February 7, 2005, Gary McLarty claimed that in March 2001, Blake attempted to contract him to murder his wife; McLarty allegedly declined.
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  • 2004
    Age 70
    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.
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  • 2003
    Age 69
    During the interview, broadcast in November 2003, she admitted that the prosecutors had no forensic evidence implicating Blake in the murder, that they could not tie him to the murder weapon, that they did not have any witnesses, and that they had virtually nothing in the way of hard evidence.
    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.
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  • 2002
    Age 68
    On April 22, 2002, Blake was charged with one count of murder, with special circumstances, an offense which carries a possible death penalty.
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    On April 18, 2002, Blake was arrested and charged with the murder of his wife.
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  • 2001
    Age 67
    On May 4, 2001, Blake took Bonnie Lee Bakley out for an Italian dinner at Vitello's Restaurant at 4349 Tujunga Avenue in Studio City.
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  • 2000
    Age 66
    Blake and Bakley were married on November 19, 2000, after DNA tests proved that Blake was the biological father of her child, who was renamed Rosie.
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  • 1999
    Age 65
    In 1999, Blake met Bonnie Lee Bakley, formerly of Wharton, New Jersey, who reportedly had a history of exploiting older men—especially celebrities—for money.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1985
    Age 51
    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).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1972
    Age 38
    He played a small-town stock car driver with ambitions to join the NASCAR circuit in Corky, which MGM produced in 1972.
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  • 1967
    Age 33
    In 1967, he experienced a career breakout playing real-life murderer Perry Smith, to whom he bore a chilling resemblance, in In Cold Blood.
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  • 1966
    Age 32
    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.
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  • 1964
    Age 30
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1961
    Age 27
    Blake and actress Sondra Kerr were married in 1961 and divorced in 1983.
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  • 1959
    Age 25
    Blake performed in numerous motion pictures as an adult, including the starring role in The Purple Gang (1960), a gangster movie, and featured roles in Pork Chop Hill in 1959 and, as one of four US soldiers participating in a gang rape in occupied Germany, in Town Without Pity in 1961.
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    He also guest starred on John Payne's NBC western The Restless Gun, Nick Adams's ABC western The Rebel, the NBC western series The Californians, the ABC adventure series Straightaway, and the American Western television series Laramie, which aired on NBC from 1959 to 1963.
    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.
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  • 1956
    Age 22
    In 1956, he was billed as Robert Blake for the first time.
    His father committed suicide in 1956.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1950
    Age 16
    In 1950, Blake was drafted into the Army.
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    In 1950, at age 17, Blake appeared as Mahmoud in The Black Rose and as Enrico, Naples Bus Boy (uncredited) in Black Hand.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Age 10
    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.
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  • 1942
    Age 8
    In 1942 Blake appeared as "Tooky" Stedman in Andy Hardy's Double Life.
    In 1942, he acquired the stage name Bobby Blake and his character in the series was renamed "Mickey Blake."
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  • 1939
    Age 5
    Gubitosi then began appearing in MGM's Our Gang short subjects (a.k.a. The Little Rascals) under his real name, replacing Eugene "Porky" Lee. He appeared in 40 of the shorts between 1939 and 1944, eventually becoming the series' final lead character.
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    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.
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  • 1933
    Born
    Born on September 18, 1933.
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