Those who attend the Television Critics Assn. tour are used to flamboyant stars, but then there’s actor Robert Blake.
Blake, who appeared Monday at a Q&A session touting the CBS movie “Judgment Day: The John List Story”–his first television work in roughly seven years–followed up the session by circulating a 26-page typed narrative detailing his life story and why he hasn’t acted since the NBC series “Hell Town.”
“All right babies, just sit tight and I’ll tell you a story that will turn the hair on your ass to brillo,” the expletive-laden missive began, describing how Blake had been abused by his parents and as a result ruined his career by doing the series “Baretta,” instead of features, after appearing in the film “In Cold Blood.”
Blake said he’d made this tome available because he “had to get this one off my chest” and didn’t have time to write a book. Observations include calling his late father “a sick depraved psychotic lunatic” and saying Hollywood is “full of cheap little tinhorn, jiveass punks” who like to start rumors.
After making his own peace and returning to acting, Blake writes, “I want some 10-page scenes where I get to act. I don’t want two-page scenes where I got to leap from building to building… so you can take that movie of the week and put it in gerbil’s heaven. I ain’t worked in 5 or 6 years, and right now, I couldn’t buy spats for a hummingbird, but that’s OK, I’ll sit in my living room and eat bologna because I love my life.”