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Michael F. Blake
Michael F. Blake
Roles Gary Bain
Little Maurice
Biographical Information
Full Name Michael Francis Blake
Birthdate May 13, 1957
Birthplace Hollywood, California, United States

Michael F. Blake played two characters in two first season episodes of Bewitched (1964-1965).


Michael F. Blake is a two-time Emmy-winning makeup artist, who has worked in the film industry for sixty years. He was born on May 13, 1957, in Hollywood, California, as Michael Francis Blake.

At the age of two, Blake began working as a child actor, appearing in commercials and numerous TV shows including Adam-12, The Lucy Show, The Munsters, Kung Fu, Marcus Welby, M.D., The Red Skelton Show and Bonanza.

In 1978, at the age of twenty-one, a chance meeting with the head of the makeup department at Universal Studios led Blake to switching careers, becoming one of the youngest makeup artists working in the industry at the time. His credits include Westworld, X-Men: First Class, Spider-Man 3, Drag Me to Hell, Domino, Independence Day, Tough Guys, Strange Days, Soapdish, Magnum, P.I., and Happy Days. He has won two Best Makeup Emmy Awards as part of the makeup team for Buffy, the Vampire Slayer (1999) and Key & Peele (2016).

Widely recognized as the leading biographer of silent film star Lon Chaney, his three books — Lon Chaney: Man Behind the Thousand Faces, A Thousand Faces: Lon Chaney’s Unique Artistry in Motion Pictures and The Films of Lon Chaney — are considered the definitive volumes on the actor’s life and career. His books Code of Honor: The Making of High Noon, Shane, and The Searchers and Hollywood and the O.K. Corral, are recognized as informative works relating to the Western genre.

In 2017, Blake received the Stirrup Award from Western Writers of America for his article on the making of John Ford’s The Searchers. He has also written for True West, Round-Up, American Cinematographer, Performing Arts, the Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Northridge, and a Masters Degree in Critical Film Studies from UCLA.

Blake is now retired after a sixty year career in the film and television industry and lives in Arizona with his wife, Linda.

September 18, 2021

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