BREAKING NEWS: Baretta star Robert Blake dies of heart disease aged 89: Was once cleared of hiring stunt double to murder his wife who had at least 10 previous husbands
Robert Blake has died at the age of 89 after a battle with heart disease, according to his family.
Blake worked for more than 60 years in Hollywood, starring in classics like Treasure of the Sierra Madre with Humphrey Bogart and In Cold Blood with John Forsythe. He was also the star of a number of studio westerns under the stage name Bobby Blake.
On television, he was also known as undercover New York City detective Tony Baretta in Baretta, which aired on ABC for four seasons in the mid-1970s.
But while his career was widely celebrated, Blake had also been charged with the murder of his wife Bonny Lee Bakley in 2002, along with solicitation of murder, conspiracy and special circumstances of lying in wait.
A jury, though, found him not guilt of soliciting a former stuntman he worked with on Baretta to kill Bakley, and her murder was never solved.
Robert Blake has died at the age of 89 after battling heart disease
Blake worked for more than 60 years in Hollywood, starring in classic films and television
Blake got his start in Hollywood at a young age, appearing in Our Gang at just the age of 5, and later Rin Tin Tin with Robert Woods.
As an adult, he took on roles in a number of classic movies before becoming known as Baretta on television, for which he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1977.
Fans would also spot him regularly on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, where he was a recurring guest who appeared in a number of skits with his host friend.
He is also remembered for his Eveready battery commercials in which he would dare someone to knock one off his shoulder.
In more recent years, Blake has been living quietly in his home in Los Angles, where he enjoyed listening to jazz music, playing his guitar, reading poetry and watching classic films, Deadline reports.
Blake is pictured as a child appearing in Rin Tin Tin in 1947 with Donald Woods
He was known on television as undercover New York City police officer Baretta
Blake is pictured at the screening of Pirates on July 17, 1986