Mickey Kuhn, ‘Gone With the Wind’ Actor, Dies at 90

Mickey Kuhn, the only surviving cast member of the 1939 film “Gone With The Wind,” died on Nov. 20, 2022, at the age of 90, at a hospice home in Naples, Florida, his wife confirmed.

Kuhn portrayed Beau Wilkes, the son of Ashley and Melanie Wilkes, played by Leslie Howard and Olivia de Havilland, respectively, in the classic film. Kuhn was the film’s only remaining credited cast member until his death on Sunday, after the latter died in 2020.

Kuhn’s acting career peaked in the 1930s and 1940s, when he acted in films including “Juarez,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” and “Red River,” in which he played John Wayne’s character’s adopted son. Kuhn retired from the entertainment world in 1957, with his final appearances on “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.”

Kuhn was born on September 21, 1932, in Waukegan, Illinois, as Theodore Matthew Michael Kuhn Jr. Soon after, he and his family relocated to Los Angeles, where he landed his first acting part as an adopted infant in “Change of Heart,” starring Janet Gaynor, at the age of two.

Before retiring from acting, Kuhn served in the United States Navy for four years as an aviation electrician. Kuhn spent time working for American Airlines and the Boston airport after leaving Hollywood. Later in his life, Kuhn attended film festivals and conventions to meet and greet “Gone With The Wind” admirers.

He is survived by his two children in addition to his wife.

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