Robert Blake, the Hollywood actor famous for playing the character of Tony Baretta in “Baretta” and for his tumultuous personal life off-screen, has passed away at the age of 89. His niece, Noreen Austin, confirmed that the cause of his demise was heart disease. According to the statement issued by the Associated Press, Blake breathed his last at home, surrounded by his family.
Robert Blake is best known for his career in Hollywood that lasted over five decades, during which he starred in many iconic movies and TV shows, including “In Cold Blood,” “Lost Highway,” and “Treasure of The Sierra Madre.” However, his life was equally talked about off-screen as his second wife, Bonny Lee Bakley’s murder charge, has been one of the most memorable moments in the history of Hollywood scandals.
Bonny Lee Bakley was shot and killed outside a restaurant in Los Angeles in 2001. Blake was charged with her murder, but he managed to avoid conviction eventually. At that time, Blake had informed investigators that he had gone back inside the restaurant to retrieve a pistol and found Bakley shot when he returned to his car. However, forensic evidence revealed Blake’s pistol was not the murder weapon.
Although Blake’s life was full of highs and lows, the actor was very talented and versatile. For his role as Tony Baretta, Blake won an Emmy award in 1975. In addition, Blake’s brilliant performances in various other movies made him a legendary actor respected by professionals and public alike. Although the news of his demise has certainly raised mixed emotions, there is no doubt that Robert Blake’s contribution to the entertainment industry will never be forgotten.