Robert Blake Net Worth 2022 – Salary, Income, Earnings

Robert Blake Net Worth

Robert Blake has a negative net worth of $3 Million. He is an Emmy-winning actor known for his film roles and as the star of the ’70s cop drama ‘Baretta.’ He’s also known for the murder trial of his second wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley. He earned the majority of his income from movies and TV shows.

Before working in TV and film as a teen and adult, Robert Blake starred as Mickey in the Our Gang series of shorts. He appeared in over 70 films during the 1940s and 1950s, earning critical acclaim for his performance in 1967’s In Cold Blood and later an Emmy for his role in the 1970s gritty cop drama Baretta. Blake’s media profile waned until 2002, when he was charged with the murder of his second wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley. He was later acquitted, but in a civil trial, he was found liable for her death.

To calculate the net worth of Robert Blake, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as loans and personal debt, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:

Name: Robert Blake
Net Worth: -$3 Million
Monthly Salary: $100 Thousand+
Annual Income: $1 Million+
Source of Wealth: Actor, Soldier, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Television producer

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Early Life

According to some accounts, Blake was born Michael Gubitosi on September 18, 1933, in Nutley, New Jersey (in a 2011 interview, he stated that he is unsure of his exact date of birth, believing it fell sometime in September or October.)

Blake’s parents were vaudeville performers, and he spent his childhood performing in their act. Blake spent his childhood in Hollywood, California, where he worked as an extra for the MGM studios. He had a starring role in the Our Gang series of shorts (also known as The Little Rascals) by the age of six, including Dad for a Day in 1939 and Alfalfa’s Double in 1940. He played Mickey in the series before changing his stage name to Bobby Blake. Blake also appeared in the 1940 romantic comedy I Love You Again, starring Myrna Loy and William Powell.

Blake had a difficult childhood, reportedly suffering physical abuse from his father and being introduced to liquor and cigarettes at a young age.

Movies and Television

Blake landed a lead role in the drama Mokey (1942), parts in the comedy-fantasy films The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945) and Humoresque (1946), an uncredited but pivotal role in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), and a starring role in the Red Ryder Western series during his adolescence. By the mid-1950s, he had moved on to dramatic roles, appearing in films such as Apache War Smoke (1952), Screaming Eagles (1956), The Rack (1956), The Tijuana Story (1957), Three Violent People (1957), Battle Flame (1959), and The Purple Gang (1959).

Blake rose to prominence in the 1960s, appearing in films such as the World War II adventure PT 109 (1963), the massive religious epic The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), and the romantic drama This Property Is Condemned (1966). He also worked on the TV anthology The Richard Boone Show around this time. Blake appeared in the popular murder drama In Cold Blood, based on Truman Capote’s book of the same name, in 1967. In the film, Blake received critical acclaim for his portrayal of homicidal drifter Perry Smith. Before returning to television, Blake appeared in several films, including Tell Them Willlie Boy Is Here (1969) and Electra Glide in Blue (1973).


Blake was cast in the role for which he is best remembered in 1975: the title character on the three-year-running TV police drama Baretta. Blake appeared on the show from 1975 to 1978, winning an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series during his first year. Blake had also become known for his volatile behavior by this point. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Blake appeared in a slew of TV miniseries and special movie projects, including Of Mice and Men (1981), Blood Feud (1983), and Hoffa (1983), in which he played the lead role. Blake virtually disappeared from the public eye for the next ten years.

He made an unlikely comeback in 1993, receiving an Emmy nomination for his performance as a New Jersey accountant-turned-mass murderer in the TV drama Judgement Day: The John List Story, for which he also received an Emmy nomination. Blake returned to film after that, starring in Money Train (1995) alongside Jennifer Lopez and Wesley Snipes, and Lost Highway (1997) alongside Patricia Arquette and Bill Pullman, among other roles.

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Marriages and Children

Blake married actress Sondra Kerry in 1964, and the couple had two children before divorcing in 1983. He married Bonnie Lee Bakley in 2000, and they had a daughter.

Bakley Murder and Trial

Blake made headlines in May 2001 when his second wife, Bakley, was killed while waiting in a car outside a restaurant where the couple had just dined. Throughout the investigation, Blake maintained his innocence, but after nearly a year, the police arrested him and his bodyguard in connection with the murder. A closely watched trial ensued, with allegations that Bakley had a history of fraud and that Blake had hired stuntmen to stage the murder. Blake was also interviewed by Barbara Walters, who declared his innocence in a clip shown during the trial.

Blake was acquitted of murder and one count of soliciting murder in March 2005, but eight months later, a jury in a civil suit found him liable for the murder and ordered him to pay $30 million in damages to Bakley’s children. After Blake filed an appeal, the damages awarded were cut in half. Around this time, the actor also declared bankruptcy.

In 2012, Blake generated a flood of new attention to Bakley’s murder. He appeared on Piers Morgan Tonight to promote his self-published memoir, Tales of a Rascal (2011). Morgan pressed Blake on Bakley, and a defensive Blake responded that she was a “con artist” who “burned people.” During the televised encounter, the actor became enraged and at times incoherent, calling Morgan a “liar” and railing against the cops who “ripped my guts out and left me beside the road to die.”

Favorite Robert Blake Quotes

I’m a human being, I’m not a machine. I’m 72. I’m dyslexic.

Robert Blake


What are they going to do to me that they haven’t done already? They took away my entire past. They took away my entire future. What’s left for them to take?

Robert Blake


I was on the set when I was five years old with Spencer Tracy. A lot of what I learned growing up in terms of artistry is very clean, very tidy, very organized.

Robert Blake


Right now, I’m worth a million dollars, and I owe Uncle Sam a million-and-a-half dollars, and I made a deal with him. I said, ‘Uncle Sam, I’m going to pay you 25 grand a month.’

Robert Blake


Don’t give it to the audience; leave it to the audience.

Robert Blake


The majority of information I gave police was about my wife and her family, which is what they wanted.

Robert Blake


I came to the conclusion that the very best thing for Rosie, from the time she was 2 weeks old, was for us to get married.

Robert Blake

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