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Robert Blake

Lowest Rated:   14% The Love Guru (2008)
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Wide-eyed little Bobby Blake began his acting career as an Our Gang kid and eventually matured into one of Hollywood's finest actors. Born Michael Gubitosi, the boy was two years old when he joined his family vaudeville act, "The Three Little Hillbillies." The act was doomed to failure, as were most of the pipe dreams of the Gubitosi family. Relocating from New Jersey to California, Michael's mom found work for her kids as extras at the MGM studios. The young Gubitosi impressed the producers of the Our Gang series, and as a result the six-year-old was elevated to star status in the short subjects series. Little Mickey Gubitosi whined and whimpered his way through 40 Our Gang shorts, reaching an artistic low point with the execrable All About Hash (1940). During his five-year tenure with the series, the boy anglicized his professional name to Bobby Blake. Freelancing after 1944, Blake's performing skills improved immeasurably, especially when he was cast as Indian sidekick Little Beaver in Republic's Red Ryder series. He also registered well in his appearances in Warner Bros. films, playing such roles as the younger John Garfield in Humoresque (1946) and the Mexican kid who sells Bogart the crucial lottery ticket in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948). Though sporadically happy in his work (one of his most pleasurable assignments was the otherwise forgettable Laurel and Hardy feature The Big Noise, 1944), Bobby Blake was an unhappy child, weighed down by a miserable home life. At 16, Blake dropped out of sight for a few years, a reportedly difficult period in his life. Upon claiming a 16,000-dollar nest egg at age 21, however, Blake began turning his life around, both personally and professionally. He matriculated into a genuine actor rather than a mere "cute" personality, essaying choice dramatic roles in both films and TV. He starred in the Allied Artists gangster flick The Purple Gang (1960), played featured roles in such films as PT 109 (1963), Ensign Pulver (1964), and The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), and guest starred on dozens of TV shows. In 1963, he was one of 12 character actors amalgamated into the "repertory company" on the weekly anthology series The Richard Boone Show; he spent the next 26 weeks playing everything from agreeable office boys to fevered dope addicts. His true breakthrough role came in 1967, when he was cast as real-life multiple murderer Perry Smith in Richard Brooks' filmization of In Cold Blood. Even after this career boost, Blake often found the going rough in Hollywood, due as much to his own pugnacious behavior as to typecasting. He did, however, star in such worthwhile efforts as Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969) and Electra Glide in Blue (1973). Blake achieved full-fledged stardom at last with his three-year (1975-1978) starring stint on the TV cop series Baretta, adding to his already sizeable fan following via several lively, tell-all guest appearances on The Tonight Show, The Merv Griffin Show, and several other video chat fests. Despite his never-ending battles with the ABC executives during the Baretta run, Blake stuck out the series long enough to win an Emmy, and even got to direct an episode or two.Forming his own production company, Blake made several subsequent tries at TV-series success: Hell Town (1985), in which he starred as a barrio priest, lasted 13 weeks, while the private-eye endeavor Jake Dancer never got past its three pilot films. He has been more successful with such one-shots as the TV miniseries Hoffa (1983), in which he played the title character with chilling accuracy, and the 1993 TV biopic Judgment Day: The John List Story, which earned him another Emmy. His later film appearances were in hard-nosed character parts, such as 1995's The Money Train, and he landed a plum (albeit terminally odd) lead role in David Lynch's postmodern thriller Lost Highway (1997), as a clown-faced psychopath who plays bizarre mind games with a suburban couple. Though he's manag

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Friends and Romans
  • Soothsayer/Citizen
2015
97% Paul Williams Still Alive
  • Robert Blake
$38.1k 2012
14% The Love Guru
  • Himself
$32.2M 2008
No Score Yet Pretty As A Picture: The Art Of David Lynch
  • Actor
1997
60% Lost Highway
  • Mystery Man
1997
22% Money Train
  • Patterson
1995
No Score Yet Heart of a Champion: The Ray Mancini Story
  • Lenny Mancini
1985
No Score Yet Of Mice and Men
  • Executive Producer
  • George Milton
  • Producer
1981
No Score Yet Second Hand Hearts
  • Loyal Muke
1981
No Score Yet Joe Dancer: The Big Black Pill
  • Joe Dancer
  • Executive Producer
1981
No Score Yet The Big Trade
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Coast to Coast
  • Charles Callahan
1980
No Score Yet Busting
  • Patrick Farrel
1974
67% Electra Glide in Blue
  • John Wintergreen
1973
91% Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here
  • Willie Boy
1969
91% In Cold Blood
  • Perry
1967
64% This Property Is Condemned
  • Sidney
1966
37% The Greatest Story Ever Told
  • Simon the Zealot
1965
60% PT 109
  • `Bucky' Harris
1963
60% Town Without Pity
  • Jim
1961
94% The Connection
  • Actor
1961
No Score Yet Pork Chop Hill
  • Velie
1959
No Score Yet Three Violent People
  • Rafael
1957
No Score Yet The Rack
  • Italian Soldier
1956
No Score Yet The Black Rose
  • Mahmoud
1950
No Score Yet Homesteaders of Paradise Valley
  • Little Beaver
1950
100% The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • Mexican Boy
1948
No Score Yet The Return of Rin Tin Tin (The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin)
  • Paul the Refugee Lad
1947
No Score Yet Marshal of Cripple Creek
  • Little Beaver
1947
No Score Yet Last Round-Up
  • Mike
1947
60% Humoresque
  • Paul Boray as a Child
1946
No Score Yet Stagecoach to Denver
  • Little Beaver
1946
No Score Yet Out California Way
  • Danny McCoy
1946
No Score Yet Santa Fe Uprising
  • Little Beaver
1946
No Score Yet Vigilantes of Boomtown
  • Little Beaver
1946
No Score Yet Dakota
  • Little Boy
1945
89% The Horn Blows at Midnight
  • Junior
1945
95% The Woman in the Window
  • Dickie Wanley
1944
No Score Yet The Big Noise
  • Egbert
1944
No Score Yet Meet the People
  • Jimmy (age 7)
1944
No Score Yet Lost Angel
  • Jerry
1943
No Score Yet Slightly Dangerous
  • Boy on Porch
1943
No Score Yet Andy Hardy's Double Life
  • Tooky
1942
No Score Yet I Love You Again
  • Littlejohn Jr.
1940

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1982

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