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Robert Blake

18 September 1933 to 9 March 2023

An American actor, whose Emmy-winning career was impacted following a high-profile murder case. The five-year-old Robert Blake (then known as Mickey Gubitosi) was cast in the Our Gang/Little Rascals comedy shorts (1939-1944) and he worked consistently through his teens. In the 1960s, he starred in The Richard Boone Show (1963-1964) and In Cold Blood (1967), but it was as the lead of Baretta (1975-1978) that he won acclaim, winning an Emmy and Golden Globe. He was Emmy-nominated again for Baretta, as well as Blood Feud (1983) and Judgment Day: The John List Story (1993), and earned Golden Globe nominations for Electra Glide in Blue (1973) and Blood Feud. His life was put under extreme scrutiny after he was accused of killing his wife in 2001. After a trial, he was ultimately acquitted but never acted again.

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