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

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

Kuhn — who was just six years old when he played young Beau Wilkes in Gone With the Wind — died at a hospice facility 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 acting world mourns the loss of the last surviving cast member of 1939 classic Gone With the Wind, Mickey Kuhn

Mourning: The acting world mourns the loss of the last surviving cast member of 1939 classic Gone With the Wind, Mickey Kuhn

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

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

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

Kuhn had his first role at the age of 2, playing an adopted baby in Janet Gaynor’s 1934 film Change of Heart, revealing in a 2008 interview with Films of the Golden Age how he landed his first role.

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“Of course I don’t remember this day, but my mother and I were at Sears-Roebuck on Santa Monica and Western when a lady stopped my mother and said Fox Studio was looking for twin babies for a movie they were making.” he said.

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

“He had a little girl who looked a lot like me and he thought we might be invited. Well, we went there, and I, but not the lady’s baby, got the cast,” 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 in 1939, including Gone Wind, where he recalled how he found out he got the part.

“I started crying and wanted to leave but mum told me to go up and tell the lady at the desk my name. If in 10 minutes they hadn’t called me, then we would leave. I went to the lady and said, “I’m Mickey Coon.” He said, “Mickey, we’ve been waiting for you.” And then to the others who were waiting, “Thank you, we played the part. You can all go,” Kuhn recalled in the Films of the Golden Age interview.

He also played Junior in the 1945 film Dick Tracy opposite Morgan Conway as the title character and starred opposite Kirk Douglas and Barbara Stanwyck in 1946’s The Strange Love of 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 acting legend really tapped him for the role.

“He hit me in the back. 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 aircraft electrician.

He returned to acting in 1955’s The Last Frontier, 1956’s Away All Boats and 1957 episodes 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 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 management positions at Boston Airport before retiring in 1995

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

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