Mickey Kuhn, ‘Gone With the Wind’s last surviving star, dies at 90

Mickey Kuhn, ‘Gone With the Wind’s last surviving star, dies at 90

Mickey Kuhn, a child actor from Hollywood’s “Golden Age” of the 1930s and 1940s, has passed away. He was 90.

At the age of six, Kuhn had a notable cameo in the 1939 Civil War classic “Gone With the Wind.”

He was the final remaining cast member, after Olivia de Havilland passed away in 2020.

Barbara Kuhn revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that her husband passed away on Sunday at a hospice facility in Naples, Florida.

In the drama, he portrayed Beau Wilkes, the son of the characters played by de Havilland and Leslie Howard.

Kuhn also starred in the films “Dick Tracy” (1945), “Red River” (1948), and “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951).

In an interview with The Washington Post in 2014, he reflected on his time spent working with the “Gone With the Wind” actors.

He even revealed how he repeatedly botched a sequence with actor Clark Gable. He explained, “My line was ‘Hello, Uncle Rhett.'” “I couldn’t stop saying ‘Hello, Uncle Clark’ ”

The 1948 classic western “Red River” starred Walter Brennan, John Wayne, and erstwhile child actor Mickey Kuhn.
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Mickey Kuhn attended the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ screening series “Hollywood’s Greatest Year” on May 18, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California, honoring 1939’s Best Picture, “Gone With The Wind.”
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In one scene, Kuhn appeared beside Howard (who portrayed Ashley Wilkes) outside the chamber where his mother, Melanie (Olivia de Havilland), is unwell.

“Where is my mum relocating? And why can’t I accompany you, please?’ said a young Kuhn in the scene.

Despite portraying de Havilland’s offspring, he did not meet her until 2006, at her 90th birthday party. However, he subsequently contacted her annually on her birthday until her passing in 2020.

In addition to these films, Kuhn also starred in “Magic Town,” “Broken Arrow,” “One Foot in Heaven,” “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” and “Scene of the Crime.”

Leslie Howard and Mickey Kuhn in “Gone With the Wind” (1939).
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Kuhn joined the United States Navy in 1951 and served for four years. Later, he took a break from his film career to become an airplane electrician.

In the mid-1950s, he had cameo appearances in the films “The Last Frontier” and “Away All Boats” after leaving the military.

In 1957, he appeared in three episodes of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” on CBS, marking one of his final Hollywood performances.

After working in airport management for American Airlines, he retired in 1995. Mick, Patricia, and Samantha, his son, daughter, and granddaughter, survive him.

 

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