Mickey Kuhn is no longer with us. The beloved child actor of the 1930s and 1940s who played the role of Beau Wilkes, the son of Olivia de Havilland and Leslie Howard’s characters, in the 1939 movie Gone With The Wind has died.
The Hollywood actor passed away at the age of 90. Mickey’s wife Barbara told The Hollywood Reporter that he died on Sunday, November 20, 2022. Read on to know the cause behind the death of Mickey Kuhn.
Mickey Kuhn’s wife Barbara confirmed the news of his death
Not long ago, Mickey’s wife Barbara Kuhn shared with The Hollywood Reporter that her husband had passed away at a hospice facility in Naples, Florida. She also went on to say that he was in good health until recently. She didn’t give away the cause behind his death.
As per a report by The Wrap, Kuhn was the last surviving credited member of the Academy Award-winning film Gone With The Wind. He essayed the character of Beau, the son of Ashley and Melanie Wilkes, portrayed by Leslie Howard and Olivia de Havilland, respectively.
Mickey was only 6 years old when he essayed the role of Beau Wilkes in the movie Gone With The Wind. During a 2014 interview with The Washington Post, he revealed that he kept messing up a scene with Clark Gable. At that point in time, he told the media outlet, “My line was, ‘Hello, Uncle Rhett.’ I kept saying, ‘Hello, Uncle Clark.’ ”
All you need to know about Mickey Kuhn
For those of you who are unversed, let us share with you, the real name of Mickey Kuhn was Theodore Matthew Michael Kuhn Jr. He was an American actor. He was born on September 21, 1932, in Waukegan, Illinois, U.S. to Mickey Snr. and Pearl Hicks.
Mickey shot to fame as a child actor in the 1930s. He appeared in the movie Gone With The Wind alongside Conrad Nagel and Leslie Howard, amongst many others. More than 100 child actors auditioned for the role of Beau Wilkes in the 1939 film and Mickey bagged the part.
Kuhn starred in many films such as Juarez (1939), A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945), Red River (1948), and Broken Arrow (1950). In the year 1951, he reunited with his Gone With The Wind co-star Vivien Leigh and the pair teamed up for a movie named A Streetcar Named Desire.
Mickey Kuhn left acting in 1956
Mickey bid adieu to the world of entertainment in the year 1956. His final acting appearance saw the light of day during the same year on the TV show Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
Then, Kuhn worked as an aircraft electrician in the U.S Navy for four years from 1951 to 1955. Soon after, he worked for American Airlines from the year 1965 to 1995 as well as the Boston airport in administrative positions until his retirement.
Mickey Kuhn is survived by his wife Barbara Kuhn, whom he married in the year 1985, his son Mick (and his wife, Jolene), his daughter Patricia, and his granddaughter Samantha.
We send our deepest condolences to the friends and family members of Mickey Kuhn during this hard time. May his soul rest in peace. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world of showbiz.