O.J. Simpson tops liars' list

DETROIT, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- A new survey finds that a majority of people in the United States rate O.J. Simpson as the country's biggest liar.

Blake to pay $30 million for wife's death

BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A Burbank, Calif., jury Friday found Robert Blake liable in the 2001 shooting death of his wife and ordered him to pay $30 million to her children.

Jury to decide Blake wrongful death trial

BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Whether or not actor Robert Blake owes his dead wife's children money for her shooting death is now in the hands of a Burbank, Calif., jury.

Blake wrongful death trial nears end

BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Actor Robert Blake testified at his California wrongful death trial he shook his fatally shot wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, and said: "Wake up toots."

Blake jurors tell judge of Brando signals

BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Marlon Brando's son may face a contempt charge for gesturing to the Burbank, Calif., jury deciding the wrongful death suit against actor Robert Blake.

Chris Brando adds little to Blake trial

BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Marlon Brando's son refused to testify more than two dozen times Tuesday in the Burbank, Calif., wrongful death trial of actor Robert Blake.

Blake says he has an alibi in wife's death

BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Actor Robert Blake for the first time has said witnesses can confirm his whereabouts the night his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, was killed.

Blake admits telling wife he had cancer

BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- In his second day of testifying in the California wrongful death trial of wife, actor Robert Blake admitted he lied to her that he had cancer.

Blake testifies in wrongful death suit

BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Actor Robert Blake has given his first public account in a Burbank, Calif., court about the slaying of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley.

Bakley daughter says mom tricked Blake

BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 29 (UPI) -- The slain wife of actor Robert Blake tricked him by taking fertility drugs instead of birth control pills, her daughter testified in California.

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Sept. 18, the 261st day of 2005 with 104 to follow.
By United Press International

Blake feared for life after wife's death

BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Actor Robert Blake told police in recordings played in a California courtroom he was afraid whoever killed his wife was coming for him next.

Jury pool skeptical in Blake civil trial

VAN NUYS, Calif., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Many prospective jurors appeared anything but impartial in the wrongful death suit filed against actor Robert Blake by his late wife's four children.

Blake wrongful death suit trial begins

BURBANK, Calif., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Jury selection began Monday in the California wrongful death suit filed against actor Robert Blake by the family of his slain wife, Bonny Lee Bakley.

PI discredited mother of Jackson's accuser

SANTA MARIA, Calif., June 16 (UPI) -- Michael Jackson may owe his acquittal on molestation charges to private investigator Scott Ross, whose sole job was to discredit the accuser's mother.
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Robert Blake
Actor Robert Blake smokes a cigarette before the verdict Friday, November 18, 2005, outside the Los Angeles Superior courthouse in Burbank, California. Blake was found liable for the death of his wife Bonny Lee Bakley and the jury ordered Blake to pay her family $30 million in damages. (UPI Photo/Michael Tweed)

Robert Blake (b. September 18, 1933) is an American actor who starred in the film In Cold Blood and the U.S. television series Baretta. 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.

Blake was born Michael James Vincenzo Gubitosi in Nutley, New Jersey, to Giacomo (James) Gubitosi (1906–1956) and Elizabeth Cafone (b. 1910). His brother was James Gubitosi (1930–1995) and his sister was Giovanna Gubitosi (1932–1985).

His father was born in Italy, arriving in the United States in 1907, and his mother was an Italian-American born in New Jersey. They married in 1929. In 1930, James worked as a die setter for a can manufacturer. Eventually, James and Elizabeth began a song-and-dance act. In 1936, the three children began performing, billed as "The Three Little Hillbillies." They moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1938, where the children began working as movie extras.

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