Robert Blake

Biography

Date of Birth 18 September 1933, Nutley, New Jersey, USA Birth Name Michael James Vincenzo Gubitosi Height 5' 4" (1.63 m) Robert Blake is an American actor most famous for starring in the U.S. television series Baretta. As a child actor Mickey Gubitosi's acting career began when he appeared as Toto in the MGM movie Bridal Suite (1939) starring Annabella and Robert Young. Gubitosi then began appearing in MGM's Our Gang short subjects 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. James and Jovanni Gubitosi also made appearances in the series as extras. During his early Our Gang period, Gubitosi's character, Mickey, was often called upon to cry, and the young actor has been noted by some film critics as having been unsubtle and unconvincing.[1] In 1942, he acquired the stage name Bobby Blake, and his character in the series was renamed "Mickey Blake". In 1944, MGM discontinued Our Gang, releasing the final short in the series, Dancing Romeo, on April 29. To date, Gubitosi is one of the few living Our Gang actors from the original series. Other notable surviving members are Jackie Cooper, Dorothy DeBorba, Dickie Moore, Shirley Jean Rickert, Jean Darling, Jerry Tucker, and Jackie Lynn Taylor. In 1944, Blake began playing an Indian boy, "Little Beaver," in the Red Ryder Western series at Republic Pictures, appearing in twenty-three of the movies until 1947. He also had roles in one of Laurel and Hardy's later films The Big Noise (1944), and the Warner Bros. movies Humoresque (1946), playing John Garfield's character as a child, and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), playing the Mexican boy who sells Humphrey Bogart a winning lottery ticket, getting a glass of water thrown in his face in the process. As an adult actor In 1950, he went into the army. When he returned to Southern California he entered Jeff Corey's acting class and began turning his life around, both personally and professionally. He matured and became a seasoned Hollywood actor, playing some choice dramatic roles in movies and television. In 1956, he was billed as Robert Blake for the first time and in 1959 turned down the role of Little Joe Cartwright in the television series Bonanza. Blake performed in numerous theatrical motion pictures as an adult, including his starring role in The Purple Gang (1960), a gangster movie, and featured roles in such movies as Ensign Pulver (1964) and The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965). In 1967, he starred in his acclaimed role of real-life murderer Perry Smith in In Cold Blood, which was directed by Richard Brooks, who also adapted the story for the screen from the Truman Capote non-fiction work. Blake starred in the role of an Indian fugitive in Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969), a TV movie adaptation of Of Mice and Men (1981) and as a motorcycle highway patrolman in Electra Glide in Blue (1973). He played a small town stock car driver in search of a shot at the big time in NASCAR in the film Corky made in 1972 by MGM. The film featured real NASCAR drivers of the day such as Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough. Blake is probably best known for his Emmy Award-winning role of Tony Baretta in the popular TV series Baretta (1975 to 1978), in which he played an undercover police detective who specialized in disguises. Trademarks of the show include his character's pet cockatoo, the proverbial sentence "Don't do the crime if you can't do the time," and a memorable theme song "Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow" written by Dave Grusin and Morgan Ames and performed by Sammy Davis, Jr. He continued to act through the 1980s and 1990s, mostly in television, including the role of Jimmy Hoffa in the miniseries Blood Feud (1983) and John List in the murder drama Judgment Day: The John List Story (1993), for which he received another Emmy. He had character parts in the theatrical movies Money Train (1995) and Lost Highway (1997). Blake also starred in another television series called Hell Town in which he played a priest working in a tough neighborhood.

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In Cold Blood

Perry

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Busting

Vice Detective Patrick Farrel

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Tell Them Willie Boy is Here

Willie Boy

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Stagecoach to Denver

Little Beaver (as Bobby Blake)

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The Return of Rin Tin Tin

Paul the Refugee Lad (as Bobby Blake)

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Homesteaders of Paradise Valley

Little Beaver (as Bobby Blake)

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Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch

Himself

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The Best of Baretta

Det. Tony Baretta (82 episodes, 1975-1978)

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The Boxer

Teddy 'Cherokee' Wilcox / Teddy Wilson

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The Purple Gang

William Joseph 'Honeyboy' Willard

Starring In
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Friends and Romans

Soothsayer / Citizen

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Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the '70s

Self (archive footage)

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Lost Highway

Mystery Man

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Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch

Himself

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Money Train

Donald Patterson

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Murder 1, Dancer 0

Joe Dancer

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The Monkey Mission

Joe Dancer

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The Big Black Pill

Joe Dancer

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Second-Hand Hearts

Loyal Muke

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Coast to Coast

Charles Callahan

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The Best of Baretta

Det. Tony Baretta (82 episodes, 1975-1978)

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Busting

Vice Detective Patrick Farrel

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Electra Glide In Blue

John Wintergreen

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The Boxer

Teddy 'Cherokee' Wilcox / Teddy Wilson

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Tell Them Willie Boy is Here

Willie Boy

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In Cold Blood

Perry

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This Property Is Condemned

Sidney

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The Greatest Story Ever Told

Simon the Zealot

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PT 109

Charles 'Bucky' Harris

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Town Without Pity

Cpl. Jim Larkin

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Pork Chop Hill

Pvt. Velie

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Battle Flame

Cpl. Jake Pacheco

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The Purple Gang

William Joseph 'Honeyboy' Willard

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Inferno nel Penitenziario

Rudy Hernandez

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The Tijuana Story

Enrique Acosta Mesa

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Three Violent People

Rafael Ortega (as Bobby Blake)

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Screaming Eagles

Pvt. Hernandez (as Bobby Blake)

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Rumble on the Docks

Chuck

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El Tesoro del Condor de Oro

Stable Boy (uncredited)

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The Black Rose

Mahmoud (as Bobby Blake)

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Black Hand

Enrico, Naples Bus Boy (uncredited)

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The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre

Mexican Boy Selling Lottery Tickets (uncredited)

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Marshal of Cripple Creek

Little Beaver

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Vigilantes of Boomtown

Little Beaver (as Bobby Blake)

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Gene Autry: Last Round Up

Mike Henry (as Bobby Blake)

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Homesteaders of Paradise Valley

Little Beaver (as Bobby Blake)

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Rustlers of Devil's Canyon

Little Beaver (as Bobby Blake)

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The Return of Rin Tin Tin

Paul the Refugee Lad (as Bobby Blake)

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Stagecoach to Denver

Little Beaver (as Bobby Blake)

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In Old Sacramento

Newsboy (as Bobby Blake)

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California Gold Rush

Little Beaver (as Bobby Blake)

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Humoresque

Paul Boray as a Child (as Bobby Blake)

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Wagon Wheels Westward

Little Beaver (as Bobby Blake)

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Dakota

Little boy (as Bobby Blake)

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Pillow to Post

Wilbur (uncredited)

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The Horn Blows at Midnight

Junior Poplinski (as Bobby Blake)

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The Woman in the Window

Dickie Wanley (uncredited)

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The Seventh Cross

Small Boy (uncredited)

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The Big Noise

Egbert Hartley (as Bobby Blake)

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Meet the People

Jimmy Smith (uncredited)

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Marshal of Reno

Little Beaver (as Bobby Blake)

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Slightly Dangerous

Boy on Porch (uncredited)

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Lost Angel

Jerry (as Bobby Blake)

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China Girl

Chandu (as Bobby Blake)

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I Love You Again

Edward Littlejohn Jr. (uncredited)

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Corky

Corky Curtiss

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