Back in the ’70s, Robert Blake was a huge TV star. His career actually began when he was a kid — did you know he was a star in many of those old black and white “Little Rascals” movies?
So it’s kind of sad that many people today only know Robert Blake — if they remember him at all — for his 2005 murder trial, in which he was eventually acquitted in the shoorting death of his second wife Bonnie Lee Bakley.
I mety him many years before all that, in 1986. He was part of a movement called the “Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament,” a grassroots, cross-country effort to raise awareness of nuclear proflieration.
All this was taking place over five years before the breakup of the Soviet Union, and the effective end of what we called The Col;d War.
In April 1986, 34 years ago this week, Blake came to Washington, DC to promote the march — which, at that time, seemed to have stalled. Blake was trying to do his part to keep it alive.
So here now, from 1986, Robert Blake:
Robert Blake has not worked in film or TV since 1997. He is now 86 years old.