Robert Blake Cause of Death: Emmy-winning actor Robert Blake, who played the titular character in the crime series “Baretta,” has passed away at the age of 89.
His daughter, Delinah Blake Hurwitz, confirmed his death in an email to CNN, stating that he passed away “peacefully” on Thursday, surrounded by family.
Robert Blake Cause of Death: Obituary, Funeral
Blake’s niece Noreen Austin revealed that the actor died in Los Angeles due to heart disease. The actor had an illustrious career spanning over 60 years, with memorable credits in films such as 1967’s “In Cold Blood” and David Lynch’s 1997 film “Lost Highway,” which was his final screen credit.
Born in Nutley, New Jersey in 1933, Robert Blake started his Hollywood career as a child actor in the “Our Gang” movie shorts in 1939 as Mickey, one of the Little Rascals. He later starred in his first film in 1942 as Daniel ‘Mokey’ Delano in “Mokey,” which followed a troubled young boy navigating life at home with his father and stepmother.
Blake went on to appear in “Treasure of the Sierra Madre” in 1948, alongside the legendary Humphrey Bogart. However, he is best known for his role as Perry in the 1967 film “In Cold Blood,” based on Truman Capote’s 1965 novel of the same name, which chronicled the murder of a family in Holcomb, Kansas.
In the 1970s, Robert Blake starred as the title character in the television crime series “Baretta,” which aired for four seasons on ABC from 1975-1978. He won an Emmy Award for his performance as the New York City undercover detective.
In 2001, Robert Blake’s second wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, was found murdered in the San Fernando Valley. Although the actor was acquitted of murder charges relating to the case in 2005, he later lost a civil suit brought forth by Bakley’s children.
In recent years, Robert Blake lived quietly in the Los Angeles area. His family has requested that donations be made to City of Hope in lieu of flowers.
Robert Blake is survived by his three children: Rose Bakley, Delinah Blake Hurwitz, and Noah Blake.