About Robert Blake
Robert Blake, whose real full name is Michael James Gubitosi, is an American actor, producer, and writer that’s best known for his starring roles in the 1967 neo-noir crime film “In Cold Blood”, as well the 1975-1978 detective television series “Baretta”. He began his career as a child actor back in the late 1930s and quickly rose to prominence with his fantastic acting abilities. Overall, he has taken part in hundreds of films and series and was even an occasional actor and director throughout the 1980s.
How did Robert Blake earn his net worth?
The popular actor became rich in the 1940s when he starred in more than 50 different films and earned a total of $100.000. During that decade, while still using the name Mickey Gubitosi, he starred in many productions – “1-2-3 Go”, “Helping Hands”, “Wedding Worries”, “Going to Press”, and “Don’t Lie” to name a few. In 1952, he finally landed a role on television in the series “The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok”. A few years later, he had a recurring role of three different characters in the Western series “Broken Arrow”. By that time, he was already making a solid amount of $500,000 per year.
Blake became a millionaire in the next two decades when he also established himself as one of the most beloved Hollywood actors. He not only rose to popularity but earned a good amount of money from his participation in “The Black Rose”, “Rumble on the Docks”, “Three Violent People”, and “Pork Chop Hill”. His career hit its peak in the 1960s with his roles in the box-office hits “PT 109”, “The Greatest Story Ever Told”, and “This Property is Condemned”. In 1967, he received the breakthrough role of Perry Smith in the neo-noir crime film “In Cold Blood”.
Why is he so famous?
Robert Blake became famous thanks to his breakthrough roles in series such as “Broken Arrow”, “Have Gun – Will Travel”, “Baretta”, and “Hell Town”. His real name is Michael James Gubitosi but he changed it to Robert Blake during his early twenties when his acting career was booming. Robert was born on September 18, 1933, in Nutley, New Jersey. He has a brother, James, and sister Joan, both of which are also well-received actors and entertainers.
During his childhood, Robert ran away from home due to personal issues with his parents whom he stated abused him both physically and sexually. He began working at a very young age, and, somehow made his way into acting. His acting debut came in the 1939 MGM movie “Bridal Suite”, in which he had an uncredited role. That year, he auditioned and won roles in five other films, credited as Mickey Gubitosi – “Joy Scouts”, “Auto Antics”, “Dad for a Day”, and “Time Out for Lessons”.
What makes him so successful?
What makes this entertainer and Hollywood sensation so successful are his one-of-a-kind acting abilities, displayed in over 150 productions. Besides the aforementioned films and other hits, he has made regular appearances on many television series and realities – “Have Gun – Will Travel”, “Straightaway”, “Ben Casey”, “The Richard Boone Show”, and “Death Valley Days”. In 1975, he landed the major role of Detective Anthony Vincenzo Baretta in the detective series “Baretta”. He reprised the role for its entire three seasons run from 1975 to 1978 and received a lot of praise from both critics and fans.
In the 1980s, Robert Blake also became a film producer and writer. His debut as a producer came in the 1981 television movie “The Big Black Pill”. Throughout the next few years, he served as executive producer of other movies – “The Monkey Mission” and “Of Mice and Men”. At the same time, he also worked as both producer and writer for the critically-acclaimed television films “Murder 1, Dancer 0”, and “Hell Town”. Prior to his retirement in 1997, he took part in the triumphant films “Money Train” and “Lost Highway”.
Despite the controversy surrounding the murder of his wife in the past 15 years, Robert Blake is a seasoned Hollywood actor that’s worth -$3 million. His acting career started in the 1930s, when he was a child and, just a few years later, he became a Hollywood star whose name has been consistently highlighted by the media around the world. He has starred in hundreds of television projects and worked occasionally as a director and writer for some of them.