Mickey Kuhn – beloved child star – passes away at age 90

The world of actors is mourning the loss of the last remaining member of the 1939 classic Gone With the Wind, Mickey Kuhn.

Kuhn — who was just six years old when he played Beau Wilkes in Gone With the Wind — died in a hospice in Naples, Florida at the age of 90, via THR.

His wife Barbara, whom he married in 1985, revealed that her husband was in good health until recently.

Mourning: The world of actors is mourning the loss of the last remaining cast member of the 1939 classic Gone With the Wind, Mickey Kuhn.

Mourning: The world of actors is mourning the loss of the last remaining cast member of the 1939 classic Gone With the Wind, Mickey Kuhn.

Child star: Kuhn — who was just six years old when he played Beau Wilkes in Gone With the Wind — passed away in a hospice in Naples, Florida at the age of 90, via THR.

Child star: Kuhn — who was just six years old when he played Beau Wilkes in Gone With the Wind — passed away in a hospice in Naples, Florida at the age of 90, via THR.

Kuhn was born in 1932 in Waukegan, Illinois, although his parents moved him to Los Angeles as a child, where his father worked as a meat cutter at Safeway.

Kuhn had her first role at just two years of age, playing a baby in the 1934 Janet Gaynor film A Change of Heart, revealing in a 2008 interview with Golden Age Films, how she landed her first role.

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‘I honestly don’t remember this day, but my mom and I were in Sears-Roebuck on Santa Monica and Western when a woman stopped my mom and said Fox Studio was looking for twins to watch a movie they were shooting.’ she said.

Born: Kuhn was born in 1932 in Waukegan, Illinois, though his parents moved him to Los Angeles at an early age, where his father worked as a meat cutter for Safeway.

Born: Kuhn was born in 1932 in Waukegan, Illinois, though his parents moved him to Los Angeles at an early age, where his father worked as a meat cutter for Safeway.

‘He had a little girl who looked like me and he thought we could be thrown. Well, we went there, and I, but not the woman’s child, was thrown,’ he added.

He had uncredited roles in 1937’s A Doctor’s Diary and 1939’s King of the Underworld and When Comes Tomorrow, and attended a special school for showbiz kids called the Mar-Ken School.

He also had four other roles directed in 1939, including Gone Wind, where he recalled how he found out he had taken the role.

‘I started crying and wanted to leave, but mum told me to go up and give my name to the lady at the desk. If I didn’t get a call for 10 minutes, we would leave. I went to the mother and said, “I’m Mickey Kuhn.” Then they said, “Mickey, we’ve been waiting for you.” And then there are others waiting, “Thank you, we have cast the part. You can all go,” Kuhn recalled in the Film of the Golden Age interview.

He also played Junior in the 1945 film Dick Tracy alongside Morgan Conway as the title character and starred alongside Kirk Douglas and Barbara Stanwyck in 1946’s The Strange Love by Martha Ivers.

The young actor also starred opposite Jimmy Stewart in 1947’s Magic Town and 1950’s Broken Arrow, and alongside John Wayne in 1948’s Red River, where the legendary actor beat him to the role.

‘He really hit me in the neck. He told me he was [going to do it]. He said it would look better that way. We did it in one take,” Kuhn said.

A played a sailor in the 1951 classic A Streetcar Named Desire, although that year he also joined the US Navy and worked as an airplane electrician.

He returned to act with 1955’s The Last Frontier, 1956’s Away All Boats and a 1957 episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents before ending his acting career.

He would go on to work in airport management for American Airlines and held management positions at the Boston airport before retiring in 1995.

Kuhn is survived by his wife Barbara and their two children.

Retired: He would go on to work in airport management for American Airlines and held administrative positions at the Boston airport before retiring in 1995.

Retired: He would go on to work in airport management for American Airlines and held administrative positions at the Boston airport before retiring in 1995.

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