Actor Blake free on bail

LOS ANGELES, March 15 (UPI) -- Actor Robert Blake was free on bail Saturday, required to stay at an undisclosed location wearing an electronic monitoring device until his trial for murder, Th

Actor Blake free on $1.5 million bond

LOS ANGELES, March 15 (UPI) -- Actor Robert Blake was free on $1.5 million bail Saturday for the first time since his arrest 10 months ago, charged with shooting his wife to death. Freed Frid

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Blake granted bail pending murder trial

LOS ANGELES, March 13 (UPI) -- Robert Blake will be getting out of jail for the first time in nearly a year after a Los Angeles judge agreed Thursday to grant the actor bail while ordering hi

Blake bound over for trial, bail granted

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Blake lawyer calls murder evidence weak

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Second witness alleges Blake murder plot

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- A second witness testified Thursday that actor Robert Blake was formulating a plot to have his future wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, murdered two years before she was shot execution style in the front seat of his car. Gary McLarty, a veteran stuntman, took the s

Witness says Blake solicited wife's murder

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- A movie stuntman testified Thursday that Robert Blake offered him money to kill his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, in 1999. Gary McLarty was the second prosecution witness to testify during Blake's preliminary hearing that the actor was at least considering murd

Blake says wife's scams led to her death

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Robert Blake theorized in a television interview from a Los Angeles County jail Wednesday night that someone his late wife had scammed in the past was the likely perpetrator who had shot the mother of his child, and that the truth would eventually set him

Blake: Someone killed my wife for revenge

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Accused killer Robert Blake said in an interview Wednesday night he suspected someone his wife had "destroyed" in the past was responsible for her murder. Blake told ABC's "20/20" that his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, never went anywhere alone and feared her p

Murder plot alleged as Blake prelim opens

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Robert Blake allegedly proposed a scheme to have his future wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, killed some two years before she was shot to death outside the actor's favorite restaurant, a private investigator that had worked for Blake testified during the opening d

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Robert Blake faces preliminary hearing

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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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