Mickey Kuhn, Gone with the Wind’s last surviving actor, dies aged 90
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Mickey Kuhn has died at a hospice in Naples, Florida, at the age of 90, his family has confirmed. The actor was best known for portraying the character Beau Wilkes when he was a young child in the 1939 film Gone with the Wind.
The beloved child star’s death was confirmed by his wife Barbara, who confirmed he had died on Sunday.
Barbara added to THR that Mickey had been “in excellent health until recently”.
Many will remember Mickey playing the son of Olivia de Havilland and Leslie Howard’s characters in the iconic Victor Fleming film.
The Hollywood actor was only six years old when he joined the cast and quickly shot to fame.
Mickey notably also featured in Dick Tracey in 1945, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers in 1946 and John Wayne’s 1948 movie Red River.
The star was signed up to his first role at the age of two, when he played an adopted baby in Janet Gaynor’s Change of Heart in 1934.
He left the film industry in 1956, making his final acting appearance on the TV show Alfred Hitchcock Presents that year.
After retiring from the world of acting, Mickey pursued an entirely new career in airport management for American Airlines, also working at Boston airport, before retiring from work in 1995.
Fans took to twitter to pay tribute to the star after the sad news of his death.
Journalist Chad Kennerk shared: “Saddened and stunned to hear of Mickey’s passing.
“I just interviewed him for @Film_Rev_Daily — we haven’t even posted that yet.
“We talked for two hours straight,” he continued. “He was such a genuine presence.
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“I’m grateful for that treasured time with him. One of the greats. #MickeyKuhn #RIP.” (sic)
Another fan, James, posted a picture of Mickey from his days as a child actor, writing: “A SAD FAREWELL.
“When Olivia de Havilland died, some reports called her the last living actor from GONE WITH THE WIND.
“Well, that wasn’t true. Mickey Kuhn, who played her son Beau Wilkes survived her. Mickey died at 90 on Nov. 20th. RIP.” (sic)
NeoBlisseyX wrote: “#RestInPeace to Mickey Kuhn, the last-living cast member of Gone with the Wind. With him, so passes an era in motion picture history.” (sic)
While Lisa added: “RIP, Mickey Kuhn, the last surviving cast member of Gone With The Wind.”
Mickey is survived by his wife Barbara, whom he married in 1985, and their two children.
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