Where currently is Robert Blake? In 2001, when his second wife Bonny Lee Bakley was slain, the Baretta actor went from TV star to tabloid obsession overnight.
Blake reappeared in 2019, telling police officers in a television interview that he is “beaten to hell” but “still here.” Now, he is the topic of the television special Murder in the Family: Robert Blake, which will debut on Reelz on January 23 at 9 p.m. EST.
The following describes Blake’s career, criminal trial, and life in recent years.
Robert Blake Had a Six-Decade Film and Tv Career
Blake began his career as a child actor in Hollywood in the late 1930s, playing Mickey in the Our Gang short film series and Little Beaver in the Red Ryder film series the following decade.
As an adult, his breakthrough performance was as real-life murderer Perry Smith in the 1967 film adaptation of the same-titled Truman Capote novel In Cold Blood. And from 1975 to 1978, he starred in the ABC detective series Baretta as the title character, a role for which he won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1975.
In the 1990s, he portrayed a transit captain in the action film Money Train and a “mystery man” in the neo-noir film Lost Highway.
He Was Acquitted in His Wife’s Murder but Found Civilly Liable for Her Wrongful Death
Blake married his second wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, in 2000, a few months after the birth of their daughter Rosie. However, Bakley was fatally shot outside a restaurant in Studio City, California, and Blake was subsequently charged with her murder.
At Blake’s criminal trial, the prosecution argued that Blake murdered Bakley because he was unable to find a substitute killer. ABC News reports that authorities were unable to link the murder weapon to the actor or anyone else.
Blake was ultimately acquitted of murder and one count of solicitation to commit murder, and another solicitation count was dismissed by the judge.
However, months later, Bakley’s children filed a wrongful death suit against Blake, and the civil trial jury found the actor liable for her death, ordering him to pay $30 million in wrongful death damages to Bakley’s children. The damages were cut in half by an appellate court, and the parties eventually reached a confidential settlement.
Where’s Robert Blake Now? He Said He Was “Beat Up to All Hell” in 2019
Robert provided ABC News with an update on his life in 2019. “I’m 85 years old, I’m beat to hell and gone, but I’m still here,” Blake said in an exclusive interview with the publication.
He also had a message for the police officers who incarcerated him for a year: “I hate ’em. I am still present, you cretins. I’m still here. I didn’t die in that box. Did you get it? I’m still here.”
He remarried, but his third union ultimately failed. He told the news outlet, “I am not giving up.” “I’m not going to put a gun to my mouth. I’m not juicing. I ain’t taking dope. … I continue to wait for God to intervene. But he owes me nothing, as I’ve been fully compensated thousand times over. If you live to be 1,000 years old, you will never experience more miracles than I have.