Robert Blake, a famous actor who became well-known after being accused of killing his second wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, and then cleared of the charges, died on March 9.
Robert’s niece, Noreen Austin, told the Associated Press that Blake died of heart disease at home in Los Angeles, surrounded by his family. Robert died at the age of 89, which makes you wonder how much money he had after years of acting and making money. Let’s find out.
Robert Blake: Early Life Details
Michael James Gubitosi was born in Nutley, New Jersey, on September 18, 1933. In 1938, he moved to Los Angeles with his family. There, he and his two siblings got jobs as extras in movies. As a young boy, Blake’s alcoholic father and mother hurt him physically and sexually. This made him leave home when he was 14 years old.
Robert Blake: Career Details
At the time, Blake was known as “Mickey Gubitosi.” His first role as Toto was in the MGM movie Bridal Suite, which starred Annabella and Robert Young. Blake then started using his real name instead of Eugene “Porky” Lee in MGM’s Our Gang short subjects (also known as The Little Rascals). He was in 40 of the shorts between 1939 and 1944. He was the series’ last main character.
Blake’s parents also had minor roles in the show. Mickey, played by Blake, had to cry a lot in Our Gang, and if he didn’t do it right, he got in trouble. In 1950, Blake joined the United States Army. When he left at age 21, he had no jobs lined up and fell into a deep depression.
This made him become hooked on heroin and cocaine for two years. He also sold the wrong drugs. Blake took an acting class with Jeff Corey and started to improve himself and his career. He slowly moved up in Hollywood by playing important dramatic roles in movies and TV. In 1956, for the first time, he was called Robert Blake.
What Was Robert Blake’s Net Worth At The Time Of His Death?
SAD FAREWELL – Robert Blake
As a kid he worked with Laurel and Hardy, Jack Benny, and was in Our Gang. As an adult he was in great films and did great TV. Things got really messed up after that. He has died at 89 and so I'm celebrating his work, which was consistently good. RIP pic.twitter.com/zJP2T1s2cW
— James L. Neibaur (@JimLNeibaur) March 10, 2023
The net worth of American actor Robert Blake is -$3 million at the time of his death. As we detail later in this article, there was a time when Robert was worth as much as $10-15 million. In 2001, Robert Blake was accused of killing his second wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley, which put him in the middle of a lot of trouble. The trial lasted for a few years, and he was finally found not guilty in 2005. But Robert lost a lot of money because of his wife’s death, and he was found to be responsible after a wrongful death lawsuit was filed against him in California.
|NET WORTH:||-$3 MILLION|
|Date of Birth:||September 18, 1933 (age 89)|
|Country:||United States of America|
|Height:||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
Robert Blake: Financial Issues
Robert Blake filed for bankruptcy in 2006, not long after the estate of Bonnie Lee told him to pay a settlement of $30 million. He said that he owed a total of $3 million. In 2010, the state of California put a lien on the actor for $1,110,878 in back taxes that he had not paid. Robert is also said to owe a lot of money in unpaid legal fees. Faced with these money problems, Blake thought about going back into acting. But when he was 85, he said that he felt “half-dead” and would not return to Hollywood.
Robert Blake: Real Estate
Blake owned a large property in Studio City since 1983, but he sold it to a number of other people. In 2001, he put the house on the market for $1 million. The house has almost 5,000 square feet of living space and seven bedrooms. In 2003, when Blake was freed on $1.5 million bail, an actress named Alexandra Kingston put the house on the market for $1.6 million. Kingston was able to sell the house for $1.5 million in the end. In 2018, the famous property changed hands again. It sold for $3.35 million, which was $400,000 more than what was requested.
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