Mickey Kuhn

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Mickey Kuhn
Mickey Kuhn in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers.jpg
Born Theodore Matthew Michael Kuhn, Jr.
(1932-09-21) September 21, 1932 (age 84)
Waukegan, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1934-1957
Spouse(s) Barbara Traci (1984-present)

Theodore Matthew Michael Kuhn, Jr. (born September 21, 1932), known as Mickey Kuhn, is an American former child actor of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Waukegan, Illinois of German descent[citation needed], he started as a child actor in the 1930s and appeared opposite Conrad Nagel and Leslie Howard, amongst others. His first fame came in playing the role of Beau Wilkes (Ashley and Melanie's son) in Gone with the Wind (1939). He later went on to appear in Juarez (1939) opposite Bette Davis, as the adoptive son of John Wayne in Red River, and in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), in which he was reunited with Vivien Leigh a dozen years after they first worked together in Gone with the Wind. In A Streetcar Named Desire, Kuhn played a sailor who directs Blanche to the correct streetcar which will take her to her sister's neighborhood at the beginning of the film. He is the only actor to share screen time with Leigh in each of her Oscar-winning performances.[2]

Kuhn left film business in 1957 and later worked for American Airlines and the Boston airport in administrative positions until his retirement. He now visits regularly film festivals dealing with his old films.

Kuhn, along with Olivia de Havilland (who portrayed his mother, Melanie Wilkes), is one of the last two surviving credited cast members from Gone with the Wind. Patrick Curtis is also a survivor, although his part of Melanie's infant newborn son is uncredited.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
1934 Change of Heart Adopted baby
1937 A Doctor's Diary Boy in hospital
1939 King of the Underworld "Sonny" Stevens
Juarez Agustín de Iturbide y Green
S.O.S. Tidal Wave Buddy Shannon
When Tomorrow Comes Boy
Bad Little Angel Bobby Creighton, age 5
Gone with the Wind Beau Wilkes
1940 I Want a Divorce David Holland, Jr.
Slightly Tempted Little boy Willie
1941 One Foot in Heaven Boy
1944 Beneath Western Skies Teddy
1945 Roughly Speaking John, ages 7-10
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Boy at christmas tree throw
This Love of Ours Youngster
Dick Tracy Junior
1946 The Searching Wind Sam, as a boy
The Return of Rusty Marty Connors
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers Young Walter
Three Little Girls in Blue Farm boy
1948 Red River Matt, as a boy
1949 Scene of the Crime Ed Monigan, Jr.
1951 A Streetcar Named Desire Sailor
On the Loose Bob Vance
1955 The Last Frontier Luke
1956 Away All Boats Seaman

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Excellent Portrayals in Red River". Del Rio News Herald. August 24, 1948. p. 3. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  2. ^ Argetsinger, Amy (December 15, 2014). "A quiet 75th anniversary for ‘Gone With the Wind’ and one of its last surviving actors, Mickey Kuhn". Washington Post. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Goldrup, Tom and Jim (2002). Growing Up on the Set: Interviews with 39 Former Child Actors of Film and Television. McFarland & Co. p. 178-185. ISBN 1476613702. 
  • Holmstrom, John (1996). The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995. Norwich: Michael Russell, p. 178.

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