James Arness (originally Aurness) (born May 26, 1923 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an actor best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke, a role he played for 20 years, to this day the longest any actor has played the same role on the same show in prime time. He is the brother of Peter Graves.
Though primarily identified with Westerns, he also is remembered for appearing in two science fiction films, The Thing from Another World and Them!
James Arness served in the United States Army during World War II and was severely wounded at the Battle of Anzio. He was a close personal friend of John Wayne's and co-starred in a film with him called Big Jim McClain. In fact, Wayne recommended Arness for the role of Matt Dillon.
Since Gunsmoke ended, Arness has continued to perform primarily in western-themed movies and television series, including How the West Was Won, and five made-for-television Gunsmoke reunion movies between 1987 and 1994. A notable exception was a brief turn as a big city policeman in the short-lived 1981 series, McClain's Law.
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A notable exception was a brief turn as a big city policeman in the short-lived 1981 series, McClain's Law. On March 13, 2003, after almost a year in jail, Blake was granted bail, which was set at $1.5 million, and allowed to go free to await trial. Since Gunsmoke ended, Arness has continued to perform primarily in western-themed movies and television series, including How the West Was Won, and five made-for-television Gunsmoke reunion movies between 1987 and 1994. But a judge denied bail for Blake on May 1. In fact, Wayne recommended Arness for the role of Matt Dillon. After Blake posted a $1 million bail, Caldwell was released on April 27. He was a close personal friend of John Wayne's and co-starred in a film with him called Big Jim McClain. On April 25, the Los Angeles District Attorney's office announced they would not seek the death penalty against Blake should he be convicted, but prosecutors would seek a sentence of life in prison without parole.
James Arness served in the United States Army during World War II and was severely wounded at the Battle of Anzio. Caldwell was charged with a single count of murder conspiracy and also pled not guilty. Though primarily identified with Westerns, he also is remembered for appearing in two science fiction films, The Thing from Another World and Them!. Blake pled not guilty to all charges. He is the brother of Peter Graves. He was also charged with two counts of solicitation of murder and one count of murder conspiracy. James Arness (originally Aurness) (born May 26, 1923 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an actor best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke, a role he played for 20 years, to this day the longest any actor has played the same role on the same show in prime time. On April 22, Blake was charged with one count of murder with special circumstances, an offense eligible for the death penalty.
His longtime bodyguard, Earle Caldwell, was also arrested and charged with conspiracy in connection with the murder. He was arrested on April 18, 2002, and charged in connection with the murder of his wife. Blake told the police that he had gone back to the restaurant to get a gun he left at the table and was there when the shooting occurred. Afterward, Bakley was murdered by a gunshot to the head while sitting in the car, which was parked on a side street around the corner from the restaurant.
On May 4, 2001, Blake took Bakley to have Italian dinner at Vitello's Restaurant on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City. Bakley lived in a small guest house beside her husband's house in the Studio City area of the Valley. Although they were married, it was unconventional. She then had a baby, Rose Lenore Sophia (born June 2, 2000). Blake and Bakley married November 19, 2000 after DNA tests proved that he was in fact the biological father of Rose.
She was seeing Christian Brando, son of Marlon Brando, before becoming acquainted with Blake. In 1999, Blake met Bonny Lee Bakley, reportedly a woman with a very shady past. He had character parts in the theatrical movies The Money Train (1995) and Lost Highway (1997). He continued to act through the 1980s and 1990s, mostly in television, including his title roles in the miniseries Hoffa (1983) and the murder drama Judgement Day: The John List Story (1993), which he received another Emmy for.
Trademarks of the show include his pet cockatoo and a memorable theme song ("Don't do the crime if you can't do the time..."), which was written and performed by Sammy Davis, Jr. Blake is probably best known for his Emmy Award-winning role of Tony Baretta in the popular TV series Baretta (1975 to 1978), in which he played an undercover police detective who specialized in disguises. They had two children, actor Noah Blake (born 1964) and Delinah Blake (born 1966). He and actress Sondra Kerry were married in 1964 and divorced in 1983.
Blake also starred in the role of an Indian fugitive in Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969) and as an obnoxious motorcycle highway patrolman in Electra Glide in Blue (1973). Blake performed in numerous theatrical motion pictures as an adult, including his starring role in The Purple Gang (1960), a gangster movie, and featured roles in such movies as Ensign Pulver (1964) and The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965). In 1967, he starred in his acclaimed role of real-life mass murderer Perry Smith in In Cold Blood, which was directed by Richard Brooks, who also adapted the story for the screen from the Truman Capote novel. In 1956, he was billed as Robert Blake for the first time. He matured and became a seasoned Hollywood actor, playing some choice dramatic roles in movies and television.
When he returned to Southern California he entered Jeff Corey's acting class and began turning his life around, both personally and professionally. In 1950, he went into the Army. The next few years were a reportedly difficult period in his life. When he was fourteen, he ran away from home.
He had fights, which led to his expulsion. When he entered public school at age ten, he could not understand why the other children were hostile to him. According to Blake, he had an unhappy childhood with a miserable home life and was abused by an alcoholic father. movies Humoresque (1946), playing John Garfield's character as a child, and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), playing the Mexican boy who sells Bogart a winning lottery ticket.
He also had roles in the Warner Bros. In 1944, Blake began playing an Indian boy, "Little Beaver," in the Red Ryder Western series at Republic Pictures, appearing in twenty-three of the movies until 1947. In 1942, he acquired the stage name Bobby Blake. Mickey then began playing the character of Mickey in the Our Gang movie series, appearing in forty of the shorts over a five year period.
Mickey Gubitosi's acting career began when he appeared as Toto in the MGM movie Bridal Suite (1939) starring Annabella and Robert Young. The children began working as movie extras. In 1936, the three children began performing, billed as "The Three Little Hillbillies." They moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1938. Eventually, James and Elizabeth began a song-and-dance act.
In 1930, James worked as a dye setter for a can manufacturer. They married in 1929. His father was born in Italy, arriving in the United States in 1907, and his mother was Italian American born in New Jersey. His brother was James Gubitosi (October 26, 1930-January 30, 1995) and his sister Jovanni Gubitosi.
He was born Michael James Vijencio Gubitosi in Nutley, New Jersey, the son of James Gubitosi (January 14, 1906-August 15, 1956) and Elizabeth (born 1910). Robert Blake (born September 18, 1933) is an American actor.