< /p> At the age of 89, the American actor Robert Blake, who became famous especially for his role as a policeman in the series Baretta from the 1970s, died (pictured in 1977).
Los Angeles – At the age of 89, the American actor Robert Blake, who became famous especially for his role as a policeman in the series Baretta from the 1970s, died. But his career was overshadowed by the trial due to the murder of his wife in 2001. The death of the actor was reported by foreign agencies with reference to his niece Noreen Austin, according to whom Blake died in Los Angeles surrounded by his family.
The Reuters agency writes about Blake that this actor, who has performed in various roles since childhood, also gained recognition for his portrayal of the character of a psychopathic killer in the film In Cold Blood, which was an adaptation of Truman Capote's novel of the same name. He last appeared on the screen in David Lynch's thriller Lost Highway, which is about a man who killed his wife.
In 2002, Blake was accused of shooting his wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley, to gain custody of their young daughter. According to the indictment, he also begged other people to murder his wife. He was acquitted at the end of a closely watched three-month trial. In court, Bakley was described as a celebrity-obsessed con artist who lured him into marriage by getting her pregnant. Before she met Blake in 1999, she had been married nine times and made a living by placing ads in magazines under various identities and persuading men to send her money. with Bakley's death, he ordered him to pay out $30 million to her children, forcing him to file for bankruptcy. He unsuccessfully tried to appeal against this decision, but he managed to reduce the amount to $15 million, writes the British BBC on its website. The media compared the results of the trials to the case of former American football star O. J. Simpson, who was acquitted in 1994 of the murder of his ex-wife and her acquaintance, but later during a civil trial the judge found him responsible for the deaths of these people.
Blake has always insisted that he is innocent and has expressed in several media interviews how angry he is with the police who investigated his case and how it broke him.