LOS ANGELES – Actor and accused murderer Robert Blake is trying to force reclusive screen legend Marlon Brando to testify in a lawsuit over his wife's murder, according to court documents.
Defending a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Bonny Lee Bakley's heirs, Blake's lawyers want the larger-than-life thespian to give sworn statements on Feb. 25, according to a schedule of depositions ordered by L.A. County Superior Court Judge David Schacter.
Blake, 69, jailed and awaiting a murder trial for the death of his wife last year, is set to give his own deposition Jan. 15.
The actor's civil lawyer, Barry Felsen, told The New York Post yesterday he's looking for Brando, but wouldn't say how he plans to subpoena the reclusive actor.
Felsen also refused to discuss why he wants the two-time Oscar winner to testify. Brando's son, Christian, once had a relationship with Bakley, 44, and was convicted of killing his sister's boyfriend in 1990, making for a convenient defense scapegoat. He was sentenced to 10 years in March 1991, and was set free in January 1996.
Representatives of Marlon Brando, 78, could not be reached for comment yesterday. The lawyer suing Blake for Bakley's kids -- two adults, one pre-teen and the child Blake and Bakley had together -- scoffed at Brando's role in the civil lawsuit.