‘Gone With the Wind’ Child Actor Was 90 – The Hollywood Reporter

Mickey Kuhn, a busy child actor of the 1930s and 40s, starred alongside Beau Wilkes, Olivia de Havilland and Leslie Howard. The wind blew, passed away. He was 90 years old.

Kuhn died Sunday at a hospice in Naples, Florida, his wife, Barbara, said. The Hollywood Reporter. He said he was in good health until recently.

Kuhn also portrayed Ward in the famous movie Police Dick Tracy (1945) and Kirk Douglas and Montgomery Clift in younger editions Strange Love by Martha Ivers (1946) and John Waynes red river (1948), respectively.

And inside A street car named Desire (1951), reunited with Kuhn GWTW Actress Vivien Leigh appears as a sailor giving directions to Blanche DuBois. (Is he Leigh’s lucky charm? She won her two best actress Oscars with him in the role.)

Kuhn was 6 years old The wind blew (1939), and in a 2014 interview The Washington Post, he recalled how he flubbed a scene with Clark Gable. “My line is, ‘Hello, Uncle Rhett,'” he said He said. “I kept saying ‘Hello, Uncle Clark’.” It took him a few takes to get it right.

In another scene, Kuhn appears outside the bedroom in the arms of his father Ashley (Howard), where his mother Melanie (de Havilland) is terminally ill. “Where is my mother going? And why don’t I go, please? ” he asks.

He never appeared on screen with de Havilland and said he did not meet her until she celebrated her 90th birthday in California in 2006. Said The Naples Daily News In 2017.

In total, Kuhn worked on six films released in 1939 King of the underworldStarring Humphrey Bogart; Juarez, Bette Davis and Paul Muni (he earned $100 a week, he said, for his role as the Mexican crown prince); And When tomorrow comesStarring Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer.

His big-screen resume also included two James Stewart films, Magic Town (1947) and A broken arrow (1950), as well I want a divorce (1940), One foot in heaven (1941), A tree grows in Brooklyn (1945), A searching wind (1946), More victory (1947) and Crime scene (1949)

From right: Mickey Kuhn, James Stewart, Debra Paget and Jeff Chandler in 1950 A broken arrow.

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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 worked as a meat cutter for Safeway. At the age of 2, he appeared as an adopted child A change of heart (1934), starring Janet Gaynor.

“My mom and I were at Sears Roebuck on Santa Monica and Western when a woman stopped my mom and said that Fox Studios was looking for twins for a movie they were shooting,” she said. He said In a 2008 interview for the Films of the Golden Age website. “She had a baby girl who looked like me and thought we could pretend. Well, we went there, and I, but not the woman’s baby.

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

After a day’s work at Republic Pictures SOS Tidal Wave (1939), he and his mother went to Culver City for an interview The wind blew. “There were sixty to eighty kids and adults in the casting office,” he recalled.

“I started crying and wanted to leave, but Mom told me to go and give my name to the lady at the desk. If I wasn’t called in 10 minutes, we were leaving. I went up to the lady and said, ‘I’m Mickey Kuhn.’ She said, ‘Mickey, we’ve been waiting for you.'” To the others waiting, ‘Thank you, we have cast the part. You may all leave.’

The red river The script called for Wayne to be beaten. “They hit me backwards,” Kuhn said. “He told me [going to do it]. He said it looks better that way. We did it in one take.

In 1951, Kuhn began a four-year stint in the US Navy and worked as an aircraft electrician. After the service, he appeared The Last Frontier (1955) and away from all boats (1956) and in three 1957 episodes on CBS Alfred Hitchcock presents Quits as an actor before calling it quits.

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

In addition to his wife, whom he married in 1985, survivors include his son Mick (and his wife Jolene), daughter Patricia and granddaughter Samantha.

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