Actor Robert Blake is known for the good and the...

Actor Robert Blake is known for the good and the bad: TV's "Baretta" and a trial that acquitted him of murder. Credit: AP, 2006

An agitated, defensive Robert Blake, promoting his new memoir on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," took umbrage at the show's host Wednesday when Morgan asked about the 2001 murder of Blake's wife, for which the actor was tried and acquitted.

"Where are you goin'?" Blake, 78, pointedly replied after a pause. "What the ---- are you doin'?"

Morgan, taken aback, explained that Bonnie Lee Bakley's death in Blake's car must have been a significant event in the actor's life. A pugnacious Blake said no. "It may be significant to you but it isn't to me. . . . The most significant thing in my life is when I was 2 years old and I found an audience. The next most significant thing is when I went to MGM as an extra and three years later I starred in my first film."

Earlier in the interview, Blake repeatedly referred to Morgan as "Charlie Potatoes." When asked if he was fully sane, Blake replied, "The truth is I think I'm sort of a mutation, or a subspecies. I think If I was born 10,000 years ago, I would have taken two or three people, run off and started another tribe."

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