Robert Blake Net Worth 2020, Biography, Career and Marital Life.
Robert Blake Net Worth 2020 – Robert Blake is an American former actor whose career spanned over five decades (1939 to 1997) in Hollywood. He started his career as a child and it has been dubbed one of the longest in Hollywood’s history.
Blake has been featured in many films and TV series notably In Cold Blood and the TV series Baretta.
Robert Blake Net Worth
Robert Blake is an American actor who has a net worth of -$3 million dollars.
He was born Michael James Gubitosi on September 18, 1933, in Nutley, New Jersey, USA. Besides Robert Blake, he is also known by several other monikers including Bobby Blake, Lyman P. Docker, and Mickey Gubitosi.
His parents were Elizabeth Cafone and Giacomo (James) Gubitosi both of whom were Italians. He had two siblings; an elder sister, Jovanni Gubitose aka Joan Blake who died in 1985 and older brother James Gubitosi who died in 1995. His father committed suicide in 1956.
Following the end of their father’s career as a die setter for a can manufacturer, the three Gubitosi children joined their parents’ in their song-and-dance act in 1936, performing under the name, The Three Little Hillbillies.
Two years after, the family relocated to Los Angeles where the kids worked as movie extras. Despite all the activities that went on in his childhood, one most of us would pine for, Robert Blake described it as unhappy and difficult.
He was allegedly abused by his parents and was bullied in school.
He began acting at the age of 6, appearing in his first movie Bridal Suite(1939) as Toto. He was then known as Mickey Gubitosi. Following up, he started appearing in the movie series Our Gang (1922-1944) as Mickey, from 1939 to 1944 and gained wide prominence in turn.
His siblings also appeared as extras in the short films. Besides the fame and the platform the series provided him, it went ahead to pay more dividends long after it was aired. He received the Former Child Star “Lifetime Achievement” Award by the Young Artist Foundation in 1995.
During the burgeoning years of his child career, he was willing to take up any role and often dubbed himself as one who can do anything. As such, he played numerous child roles in a wide range of films such as Double Life (1942), the comedy film, The Big Noise (1944), the Red Ryder movie series from 1944 to 1947, Humoresque (1946) and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948). In 1950, he took a break from acting to join the military service.
After the intermission, Mickey Gubitosi returned to his forte. He enrolled in an acting class to brush up on his skills. His enterprise paid off and he ultimately became known as a sought-after Hollywood actor.
As such, he pulled off notable dramatic roles both on the big and small screens, becoming billed for the first time as Robert Blake in 1956.
In the late ’50s, he had roles in episodes of several syndicated western series including 26 Men, The Cisco Kid, and Men of Annapolis.
These were followed by a series of guest roles in numerous series including Have Gun Will Travel, The Restless Gun, The Rebel, The Californians, Straightaway, and Laramie.
He also appeared in films such as Pork Chop Hill (1959), The Purple Gang (1960), Town Without Pity (1961), Ensign Pulver (1964), and The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965).
He further gained exposure as a member of the ensemble cast of the NBC short-lived anthology series The Richard Boone Show, appearing in 15 of the show’s 25 episodes in 1963.
Blake also played Billy the Kid in a 1966 episode of the syndicated anthology series, Death Valley Days. The following year, his career experienced a breakout when he played the real-life murderer Perry Smith in In Cold Blood.
His role in the TV series Baretta (1975-1978) as an undercover police detective won him an Emmy Award. The years coming up to the end of his career, he appeared mostly in TV in roles such as John List in the murder drama Judgment Day: The John List Story (1993) for which he received his third Emmy nomination.
He also played the chilling and sinister Mystery Man who murders his wife in Lost Highway (1997), a film inspired by the O.J. Simpson case.
The Beretta actor was previously married to actress Sondra Kerr from 1961 to 1983. In their over two decades marriage which ended in a divorce, they had two children; actor Noah Blake (b. 1965) and Delinah Blake (b. 1966).
Years later, he met Bonnie Lee Bakley in 1999. The woman was infamous for her history of exploiting older men—especially celebrities—for money and has already been married nine times.
Their daughter named Rosie was born in June 2000 though Bakley initially claimed the child was sired by Christian Brando, son of the actor Marlon Brando whom she was dating at the same time she was with Blake. A paternity test, however, proved the baby was Blake’s daughter.