Mickey Kuhn, the last surviving actor from “Gone with the Wind,” has died

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He played a young boy in the 1939 film classic that won eight Oscars. He passed away at the age of 90

Mickey Kuhn, the last surviving actor of “Gone with the Wind,” has died

Actor Mickey Kuhn, known for the film “Gone with the Wind”, has died

Actor Mickey Kuhn, who played Beau Wilkes, the son of Olivia de Havilland and Leslie Howard's characters in “Gone with the Wind” has died at the age of 90.

Kuhn died Sunday at a hospice in Naples, Florida, his wife Barbara told The Hollywood Reporter.

The actor was just six years old when he appeared in “Gone with the Wind” (1939), and in a 2014 interview with The Washington Post, recalled repeatedly botching a scene with Clark Gable. “My line was, 'Hello, Uncle Rhett,'” he told the publication. “He kept saying, 'Hello, Uncle Clark.'” It took him a few takes to get it right.

he never appeared on screen with de Havilland and said he didn't meet her until she celebrated her 90th birthday in California in 2006. After that, he called her every year on her birthday, he told the Naples Daily News in 2017.

In all, Kuhn worked on six films in 1939, including “King of the Underworld,” starring Humphrey Bogart; “Juárez,” with Bette Davis and Paul Muni; and “When Tomorrow Comes,” starring Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer.

Mickey Kuhn, the last surviving actor of “Gone with the Wind,” has died

Mickey Kuhn was 6 years old when he starred in the famous movie

His resume on the big screen also includes two James Stewart films, “Magic Town” (1947) and “Broken Arrow” (1950), as well as “I Want a Divorce” (1940), “One Foot in Heaven” (1941 ), “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” (1945), “The Searching Wind” (1946), “Great Conquest” (1947) and “Crime Scene” (1949).

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Theodore Matthew Michael Kuhn Jr. was born on September 21, 1932, in Waukegan, Illinois. He and his family moved to Los Angeles, where his father would work as a meat cutter for Safeway. At 2 years, appeared ” Change of Heart (1934″), starring Janet Gaynor.

“A lady stopped my mother and said that Fox Studio was looking for twin babies for a movie they were shooting,” she said in a 2008 interview for the Films of the Golden Age website.

His parents enrolled him in the Mar-Ken School for Children of Show Business and he was friends with brothers Darryl and Dwayne Hickman.

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He and his mother went to the casting from “Gone with the Wind”. There were “between sixty and eighty children and adults in the casting office,” he recalled.

“I started crying and wanted to leave, but mom said to go upstairs and give the lady at the desk my name. If they hadn't called me in 10 minutes, then we would leave. I walked up to the lady and said, 'I'm Mickey Kuhn. She said, 'Mickey, we've been waiting for you. And then to the others who were waiting: 'Thank you, we have selected the role. You can all go.'”

The script for “Red River” called for Wayne to slap him. “He actually hit me with the backhand,” Kuhn said. “He told me that he was going to do it. He said that he would look better like this. We did it in one take.”

“Gone with the Wind” had a huge casting call that lasted for two yearsIn search of the “perfect southern woman”. For the choice of the protagonist, Scarlett O'Hara, more than 1,400 women applied, including some of the most important performers of the time. It was the first massive and open casting in history, and it cost around 100 thousand dollars. However, the one chosen was Vivien Leigh, an unknown British actress, who for many was became an unexpected surprise for having managed to win the most desired role in all of America.

Mickey Kuhn, the last surviving actor of “Gone with the Wind,” has died

Mickey Kuhn

Kuhn worked as an aircraft electrician in the United States Navy for four years beginning in 1951. After leaving the Navy, he appeared in two more films and a few episodes television before ending his acting career. He was in “The Last Frontier” and “Away All Boats” and in three 1957 episodes of CBS's Alfred Hitchcock Presents before resigning as an actor.

He worked in airport management for American Airlines and at terminals in Washington and Boston before retiring in 1995.

The actor was married to Barbara, whom he married in 1985, and they had two children.

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