Name: Michael "Mickey" (Gubitosi) (Blake)
Played By: Robert Blake
Relatives: Father, Mary (mother), Bill Henry (stepfather), George (uncle), two sisters, two half-sisters,
Clubs: One For All And All For One Club, 1-2-3-Go Safety Society
First Short: Joy Scouts
Last Short: Tale Of A Dog
Bio: Mickey Gubitosi is a late member of the Little Rascals, appearing in Greenpoint around 1939. He sort of replaces Porky as the tag-along kid, later becoming Spanky's best friend after Alfalfa and later graduating to leader of the group.
In Dad For A Day, it's discovered that Mickey's father is no longer alive. His mother supports the family by running a coffee shop, but she later remarries Bill Henry, who owns the gas station next door to the coffee shop. Bill has been drinking her coffee from over three years and enjoys it very much, but after marrying Mickey's mom, he discovers he's not fond of her hash in All About Hash. When Mickey learns they are expecting, Mickey discovers a statistic that every every fourth child born is Chinese and takes it literally, thinking his new baby brother will be born Oriental, but Spanky sets him straight. In Baby Blues, Spanky introduces Mickey to his friend Lee Wong to calm him over the idea, but it doesn't prepare Mickey for the revelations that he has after his mother gives birth to two baby girls! He also has an Uncle George who owns a farm in Farm Hands.
Like all the previous Little Rascals, Mickey and the gang attend Adams Street Grammar School where their favorite teacher is Miss Pipps. After she gets in trouble for celebrating Mickey's birthday on school time, the gang and their parents rush to help her save her job in Come Back, Miss Pipps. When he and the gang are not in school, they play baseball, head to the East River to go fishing, or attend the movies. In 1-2-3-Go!, his Our Gang buddies visit him in the hospital after he gets hit by a car during a baseball game. In Mighty Lak A Goat, they get tossed out of school and the theatre because Froggy's formula to clean them up smells so bad. Despite how much they love school, Mickey is not above convincung Buckwheat and Froggy to play hooky in order to go fishing in Three Smart Guys.
Mickey gets to be president of the One For All And All For One Club, but he later runs against Froggy wanting to be president in Election Daze. In the end, the club members are so tired of the squabbling between the two that they elect Janet as president.
Despite what squabbling that does go on, Mickey's best friends after Spanky goes to high school are Buckwheat and Froggy. Mickey sometimes feuds with Slicker Walburn, a local bully who pulls practical jokes on the gang, such as tying their clothes in knots when they go swimming in Fightin' Fools. While Slicker lacks the presence of fear in the neighborhood that Butch instilled, Mickey does create a panic after overhearing Big Shot and Buckwheat talk about giving Smallpox to the gang. In this case, Smallpox is the name of a dog, and the confusion it creates in Tale Of A Dog is called "the worst panic in Greenpoint history." It is also the last known adventure in the history of the Little Rascals.
- "I got a headache ... down here." - Mickey in All About Hash.
- "It's worse than I thought it was going to be. The doctor brought twins, and they're all girls." - Mickey in Baby Blues
- Mickey Gubitosi is Robert Blake's real name; he Anglicized it toward the end of the series.
- Mickey Gubitosi is not to be confused with Mickey Daniels.
- Mickey was also featured in Walt Kelly's Our Gang comic book series (1942-1949). Mickey debuted in the first issue, and made his last apperance in issue #13 (1944). In issue #14, it is revealed that Mickey is in Military School, but he wishes the Gang well. Beginning with that particular issue, Mickey is replaced by Red, a tough, wise-cracking new member of the Gang.