I really only know him from his brilliant, chilly performance in LOST HIGHWAY.
But I have to admit -- I thought he had passed years ago, and I even seem to remember reading an obit from way back when. Must have confused it with something else, perhaps the whole murder case thing. A shame, though, he was so good in LOST HIGHWAY, I would have loved to see him in more movies subsequently.
I didnt know about his later years trial to comment, but that aside, as a young actor he was superb in Tell Them Willie Boy is here and Electra Glide in Blue. His physical performance and movement in Willie Boy was Steve McQueen level.
As Mickey Gubitosi, he was one of the Our Gang kids when MGM took over production from Hal Roach. His appearances on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JOHNNY CARSON were amazing. In the end, yet another of Hollywood's ignominious characters.
Anyhoo, I used to watch "Baretta" occasionally during its first run, and I enjoyed it. There was not really anything else about Blake on my radar since then, until the whole trial business. As far as that goes, well, lets just say there did not seem to be a whole lot of virtue anywhere about.