Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Happy Birthday, Baretta!

Robert Blake is 74 years old today. He is famous for his work as a child actor in the "Little Rascals" short features from MGM, and for the role of Little Beaver in the "Red Ryder" western series. While still a youngster he did movies with Laurel and Hardy and with Humphrey Bogart -- Blake is the little Mexican boy that sells Bogie the lottery ticket in "Treasure of the Sierra Madre."
As an adult he starred in the film adaptation of Truman Capote's account of murder in Kansas "In Cold Blood" as well as "Of Mice and Men" "Tell Them Willie Boy is Here" and "Electra Glide in Blue." His most famous role is probably the Emmy-winning part of undercover detective Tony Baretta.
Blake deserves credit for one other thing as well. Unlike O.J., he's smart enough to realize that once you get away with killing your wife it's important from then on to keep your nose clean.
And you can take that to the bank.

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