I was born in a trunk on a Hollywood sound stage.

Okay, not true, but I always wanted to say that.

Actually, I was born in Hollywood hospital. I’m a second-generation member of the film/TV industry, having started as a kid actor at the age of two. At the age of 21, I began my career as a makeup artist in the industry.

My dad, Larry J. Blake, was a character actor for almost 40 years. He was one of those actors you recognized, but likely never knew the name. His credits include such films as High Noon, Sunset Blvd, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, Man of a Thousand Faces, The Will Rogers Story, Flaming Road, The Shaggy Dog, Gunsmoke, Here’s Lucy, Adam-12, Kung Fu, Dennis the Menace to name a few.

My childhood was surrounded by actors, studio sound stages and back lots. Even today, if I walk onto an old sound stage and inhale that musty smell, I feel right at home. For me, a sound stage brings back so many wonderful and happy memories. I have always considered Universal Studios as my “home lot.” As a kid I worked there several times, and as a makeup artist, where I spent the first 3 ½ years of my career.

Since everyone says I should have a blog (seems it is a social media must for writers), I had to come up with a name. I tried all sorts of titles that were quickly sent to the trash pile. Finally, I came up with “Blake’s Babbling Blog.” Original, no? Well, it fits what I want my blog to be about − babbling about things that interest me – and, I hope, you.

If you’re interested in Lon Chaney, John Ford, Theodore Roosevelt, Film History, the Wild West and the American Civil War, you have come to the right place. I will do my best to be informative, not boring, and keep the “in my day” memories to a reasonable tally.

I hope you will find the babbling blog of interest.

Michael F. Blake

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