Kuhn in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
|Born||Theodore Matthew Michael Kuhn, Jr.
September 21, 1932
Waukegan, Illinois, U.S.
|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.
Life and career
Born in Waukegan, Illinois of German descent, 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.
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.
|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|
|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|
- "Excellent Portrayals in Red River". Del Rio News Herald. August 24, 1948. p. 3. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
- 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.
- 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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