The Blake Agency has long been established as one of the most highly
respected boutique talent agencies in Hollywood, for several decades
respresenting a virtual Who's Who of the film industry's finest and
most influential actors, including numerous Oscar and Emmy winners.
Merritt Blake graduated from college with a Bachelor Degree in History
before beginning his career in 1962 in the mailroom of MCA, the
traditional entryway for aspiring agents. He went on to become an
agent-in-training at General Artists Corp. under the supervision of the
legendary Martin Baum, and then gained experience working with Hugh
French and Jerry Perenchio at Chartwell Artists.
Merritt opened the Blake Agency in 1970, with a client list that
included such iconic artists as Gene Wilder, Burl Ives, Robert Duvall,
Angie Dickinson, Robert Reed, James Daly, and James Whitmore. He
subsequently has represented, among many others, Jody Foster, Leonard
Nimoy, Brooke Shields, Robert Stack, Brian Keith, Robert Urich, Elaine
Stritch, Tyne Daly, Katharine Ross, Maximilian Schell, Scott Wilson, Barry Corbin,
Wilford Brimley, Genevieve Bujold, Frederic Forrest, Rip Torn, Geraldine
Page, Bob Newhart, Rene Auberjonois, John Rubenstein, Hallie Foote, Donald Pleasance, and
Lawrence Fishburn III.
Merritt is unique among Hollywood agents in his recognition of the
difference between mere celebrity and genuine artistic achievement,
evident in his dedication to representing actors with a strong
background in theatre. He is a member of the Motion Picture Academy of
Arts and Sciences as well as the Academy of Television Arts and
Sciences, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of
Talent Agents. For a number of years Merritt has been committed to working with disadvantaged youths as a mentor and Court Appointed Special Advocate.
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