Robert Blake, born Michael James Gubitosi, is an American actor known for his roles in both film and television.
He began his acting career as a child actor in the late 1930s, but it wasn't until the 1960s that he gained widespread recognition for his role in the TV series "Baretta," which earned him an Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series in 1975.
Blake's success continued with numerous film roles, including his iconic performance as Perry Smith in the 1967 film "In Cold Blood," which earned him critical acclaim and an Academy Award nomination.
He also starred in several other notable films, such as "Electra Glide in Blue" and "The Big Red One."
However, Blake's personal life has been marked by controversy. In 2002, he was arrested and charged with the murder of his wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley.
Although he was acquitted of criminal charges, he was found liable for her wrongful death in a civil trial and was ordered to pay damages to her family.
Despite the challenges in his personal life, Blake's career as an actor has been a success.
He continues to be remembered for his iconic performances in both film and television, and his talent as an actor has earned him a lasting place in the history of American cinema.