Robert Blake in pictures: From Hollywood to murder accused

The US actor Robert Blake has died aged 89.

Blake, who started acting at the age of six, was best known for his role as detective Tony Baretta in the 1970s TV series Baretta.

He starred in numerous other films and TV dramas during a career that spanned nearly six decades.

In 2002, he was charged with murdering his second wife Bonnie Lee Bakely.

Acquitted in 2005, he was later found liable for her death by a civil jury and ordered to pay her family $30 million, a move which bankrupted him.

Actor Robert Blake stands with an exotic bird atop his head in a still from the TV crime series 'Baretta,' circa 1976.IMAGE SOURCE,GETTY IMAGES
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Robert Blake was known for his role in TV crime series Baretta. He won an Emmy award for playing police detective Tony Baretta in the show, which ran from 1975 to 1978. Here he is pictured with his character’s pet cockatoo in 1976.
Spanky and the other gang members proudly show Cornelius Smythe, whom they think is Alfalfa, the clean yard. Gang members from left: Mickey (Robert Blake), Percy (Leonard Landy), Buckwheat (Billie Thomas), Cornelius Smythe (Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer), Darla (Darla Hood), and Spanky (George McFarland).IMAGE SOURCE,GETTY IMAGES
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Born in New Jersey, Blake (first from left) began his career as a child actor, appearing in the Our Gang comedy series after his family moved to California.
American actor Robert Blake talks on a pay telephone in a still from the film, 'In Cold Blood,' directed by Richard Brooks, 1967.IMAGE SOURCE,GETTY IMAGES
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One of his greatest roles was in the 1967 adaptation of Truman Capote’s novel In Cold Blood, in which he portrayed real-life murderer Perry Smith.
Robert Blake in the Hell Town TV Series in 1985IMAGE SOURCE,GETTY IMAGES
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He also had a role on the 1985 NBC series Hell Town in which he played a priest working in a tough neighbourhood.
Robert Blake sits on the ground with Katharine Ross in a scene from the film 'Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here', 1969.IMAGE SOURCE,GETTY IMAGES
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In the film Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here, in 1969, he played alongside Katharine Ross.
Woody Harrelson listens to Robert Blake with Wesley Snipes in a scene from the film 'Money Train', 1995IMAGE SOURCE,GETTY IMAGES
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He also appeared in the film Money Train in 1995, playing Captain Donald Patterson.
Actor Robert Blake on set of the Paramount Pictures movie"Second-Hand Hearts" in 1981IMAGE SOURCE,GETTY IMAGES
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Blake also had a starring role in several films for Paramount Pictures, including Second-Hand Hearts in 1981.

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