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Mickey Kuhn

Mickey Kuhn
Mickey Kuhn in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers.jpg
Born
Theodore Matthew Michael Kuhn Jr.

(1932-09-21)September 21, 1932
DiedNovember 20, 2022(2022-11-20) (aged 90)
OccupationActor
Years active1934–1956 (as actor)
Spouse
Barbara Kuhn
(m. 1985)
Children2

Theodore Matthew Michael Kuhn Jr. (September 21, 1932 – November 20, 2022) was an American actor. He started his career as a child actor, active on-screen during the Golden Age of Hollywood. He is most noted for playing Beau Wilkes in Gone with the Wind (1939).

Kuhn also appeared in Juarez (1939), A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945), Red River (1948), and Broken Arrow (1950). He left the film industry in 1956, making his final acting appearance on the TV show Alfred Hitchcock Presents that year.

Biography

Career as a child star

Born in Waukegan, Illinois of German descent to Mickey Snr. and Pearl Hicks, he gained fame as a child actor in the 1930s and appeared opposite such stars as Conrad Nagel and Leslie Howard, amongst others. His first fame came when he won the role auditioned for by 100 other child actors in playing Beau Wilkes (the son of Leslie Howard and Olivia de Havilland's characters Ashley Wilkes and Melanie Hamilton), in Gone with the Wind in 1939.

Kuhn went on to appear in Juarez (1939) opposite Bette Davis, as the adoptive son of John Wayne in Red River and then in Broken Arrow starring James Stewart.

Featuring in the film A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), this role would reunite him with Vivien Leigh twelve years after they first worked together in Gone with the Wind. In A Streetcar Named Desire, Kuhn played a sailor who directs Leigh's character Blanche to the correct streetcar which will take her to her sister's neighborhood at the beginning of the film. He was therefore given the distinction of being the only actor to share screen time with Vivien Leigh in each of her Academy Award winning performances, and the last credited surviving actor in both films.

Navy career

In the Navy from 1951 until 1955, Kuhn worked as an aircraft electrician.

Post-acting career

Kuhn left the film business in 1956 and worked for American Airlines (from 1965 to 1995) and the Boston airport in administrative positions until his retirement. He regularly visited film festivals dealing with his films.

Following Dame Olivia de Havilland's death on July 26, 2020, Kuhn became the last surviving credited cast member from Gone with the Wind.

Kuhn and his wife, Barbara Kuhn, married in 1985 and had two children. As of 2017, Kuhn was living in Naples, Florida, and volunteered four hours per week at a local hospital. Kuhn died in Naples on November 20, 2022, at the age of 90.

Awards

In 2005, Kuhn received a Golden Boot Award, an award given to acknowledge significant contributions to the Western genre.

Filmography

Year Title Role
1934 Change of Heart Adopted baby (film debut, uncredited)
1937 A Doctor's Diary Boy in hospital
1939 King of the Underworld Young Boy
Juarez Agustín de Iturbide y Green
S.O.S. Tidal Wave Buddy Shannon
When Tomorrow Comes Boy (uncredited)
Bad Little Angel Bobby Creighton - Age 5 (uncredited)
Gone with the Wind Beau Wilkes
1940 I Want a Divorce David Holland, Jr.
Slightly Tempted Boy (uncredited)
1941 One Foot in Heaven Boy (uncredited)
1944 Beneath Western Skies Teddy (uncredited)
1945 Roughly Speaking John
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Boy at Christmas Tree Throw (uncredited)
This Love of Ours Youngster (uncredited)
Dick Tracy Junior
1946 Roaring Rangers Larry Connor (uncredited)
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers Young Walter
The Searching Wind Sam as a Boy
The Return of Rusty Marty Connors
Three Little Girls in Blue Farm boy
1947 High Conquest Peter Oberwalder Jr.
Magic Town Hank Nickleby
1948 Red River Young Matt
1949 Scene of the Crime Ed Monigan, Jr.
1950 Broken Arrow Bob Slade (uncredited)
1951 That's My Boy Student (uncredited)
A Streetcar Named Desire A Sailor
On the Loose Bob Vance
1955 The Last Frontier Luke
1956 Away All Boats Seaman (final film)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Bellhop/Ellerbee

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