Mickey Kuhn

Last updated

Mickey Kuhn
Mickey Kuhn in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers.jpg
Born
Theodore Matthew Michael Kuhn Jr.

(1932-09-21)September 21, 1932
DiedNovember 20, 2022(2022-11-20) (aged 90)
OccupationActor
Years active1934–1956 (as actor)
Spouses
  • Jean Marie Hannick
    (m. 1956;div. 1962)
  • Shannon Farnon
    (divorced)
  • Rosa Negrete
    (divorced)
  • Yolanda Borbon
    (divorced)
  • Barbara Traci
    (m. 1985)
Children2 (by Hannick)

Theodore Matthew Michael Kuhn Jr. (September 21, 1932 – November 20, 2022) was an American actor. He started his career as a child actor, active on-screen during the Golden Age of Hollywood from the 1930s until the early 1950s. He is noted for having played Beau Wilkes in Gone with the Wind (1939). [1]

Contents

Kuhn also appeared in Juarez (1939), A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945), The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946), Red River (1948), Broken Arrow (1950), and A Streetcar Named Desire (1951).

Biography

Career as a child star

Kuhn was born on September 21, 1932, in Waukegan, Illinois, to Theodore Matthew Michael Kuhn Sr. and Pearl Bernadette (née Hicks). He had a sister, Bernadette, who was twelve years older. In 1934, the family moved to Los Angeles as a result of the Great Depression. [2] Kuhn appeared as a toddler in the 1934 film Change of Heart , after a woman spotted him with his mother in Santa Monica and informed her of a Fox Film casting call, believing Kuhn and the woman's toddler could play twins. [3] His parents enrolled him at the Mar-Ken School for performing children, where he became friends with acting brothers Dwayne and Darryl Hickman. [4]

Kuhn considered Juarez (1939) his "big break", having been chosen from more than 50 children for the role. [3] Afterwards, he was selected for the role of Beau Wilkes in Gone with the Wind, recalling that the receptionist at the casting call told him "Mickey, we've been waiting for you", and instantly announced the role had been filled. [5] Kuhn went on to appear as the adoptive son of John Wayne's character in Red River in 1948 and then in Broken Arrow in 1950 starring James Stewart. [4]

The film A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) reunited him with Vivien Leigh twelve years after they first worked together in Gone with the Wind. In A Streetcar Named Desire, Kuhn played a sailor who directs Leigh's character Blanche to the correct streetcar which will take her to her sister's neighborhood at the beginning of the film. He therefore achieved the distinction of being the only actor to share screen time with Leigh in each of her Academy Award-winning performances, and following the death of Dame Olivia de Havilland on July 26, 2020, he became the last surviving credited cast member in both films. [6] [7] [8]

Kuhn served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 until 1955 and worked as an aircraft electrician there. [1]

Post-acting career

After finishing his Navy service, Kuhn attempted to return to acting, briefly appearing in the TV anthology Alfred Hitchcock Presents , but was only offered television roles which he found unappealing. [3] He left the film business in 1956 to attend college, and worked for American Airlines from 1965 to 1995 [1] and the Boston airport in administrative positions until his retirement. He regularly visited film festivals dealing with his films. [9]

Kuhn was married five times. His first marriage, to Jean Marie Hannick, lasted from 1956 until 1962; they had two children, including son Theodore Matthew Michael III. He was later married to Shannon Farnon, Rosa Negrete, and Yolanda Borbon, all of which ended in divorce. [10] His last wife, an American Airlines co-worker named Barbara Traci, was married to him from 1985 until his death. [3]

Kuhn in 2013 Mickey Kuhn (8677353643).jpg
Kuhn in 2013

Death

Kuhn had been living in Naples, Florida, and volunteered four hours per week at a local hospital. [5] He died at a hospice facility in Naples on November 20, 2022, aged 90. [4]

Awards

In 2005, Kuhn received a Golden Boot Award, an award given to acknowledge significant contributions to the Western genre. [11]

Filmography

YearTitleRoleSource
1934 Change of Heart Baby (film debut) [3]
1937 A Doctor's Diary Boy in hospital [5]
1939 King of the Underworld Young Boy [4]
Juarez Agustín de Iturbide y Green [12]
S.O.S. Tidal Wave Buddy Shannon [12]
When Tomorrow Comes Boy [12]
Bad Little Angel Bobby Creighton – Age 5 (uncredited) [12]
Gone with the Wind Beau Wilkes [12]
1940 I Want a Divorce David Holland, Jr. [12]
Slightly Tempted Boy (uncredited) [12]
1941 One Foot in Heaven Boy (uncredited) [12]
1944 Beneath Western Skies Teddy (uncredited) [12]
1945 Roughly Speaking John [12]
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Boy [12]
This Love of Ours Boy [12]
Dick Tracy Junior [12]
1946 Roaring Rangers Larry Connor [12]
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers Young Walter [12]
The Searching Wind Sam as a Boy [12]
The Return of Rusty Marty Connors [12]
Three Little Girls in Blue Farm boy [12]
1947 High Conquest Peter Oberwalder Jr. [12]
Magic Town Hank Nickleby [12]
1948 Red River Young Matt [13]
1949 Scene of the Crime Ed Monigan, Jr. [12]
1950 Broken Arrow Bob Slade (uncredited) [14]
1951 That's My Boy Student (uncredited) [12]
A Streetcar Named Desire A Sailor [12]
On the Loose Bob Vance [15]
1955 The Last Frontier Luke [12]
1956 Away All Boats Seaman (final film) [12]
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Bellhop/Ellerbee [13]

Citations

  1. 1 2 3 Fan's Guide to Gone With The Wind eBook Bundle: Collected Biographies of Margaret Mitchell, Vivien Leigh, and Gone With the Wind Trivia. Rowman & Littlefield. December 3, 2014. ISBN   978-1-4930-1701-0 . Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  2. Dennis, Ken (December 4, 2008). "Mickey Kuhn: Boy Actor of the Golden Age". Films of the Golden Age . Muscatine Journal.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 "Mickey Kuhn, child actor who was the last credited cast member of the classic 1939 film Gone With the Wind – obituary". The Daily Telegraph . November 22, 2022. Retrieved November 22, 2022.
  4. 1 2 3 4 Barnes, Mike (November 21, 2022). "Mickey Kuhn, Child Actor in 'Gone With the Wind', Dies at 90". The Hollywood Reporter . Retrieved November 21, 2022.
  5. 1 2 3 Freeman, Liz (December 21, 2017). "Mickey Kuhn, child actor during Hollywood's Golden Age, lives in Naples, Florida". Naples Daily News . Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  6. "See last surviving "Gone with the Wind" Actor Mickey Kuhn Now at 89". September 7, 2022.
  7. Noland, Claire (April 8, 2014). "Mary Anderson dies at 96; actress had role in 'Gone With the Wind'" . Los Angeles Times . Archived from the original on May 12, 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  8. Argetsinger, Amy (December 15, 2014). "A quiet 75th anniversary for 'Gone With the Wind' and one of its last surviving actors, Mickey Kuhn". The Washington Post . Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  9. Panaglian, EJ (November 22, 2022). "Mickey Kuhn, 'Gone With the Wind' Actor, Dies at 90". Variety. Retrieved November 22, 2022.
  10. "Mickey Kuhn obituary". The Times . Retrieved November 22, 2022.
  11. "The Golden Boot Awards". The Old Corral at b-westerns.com. Archived from the original on March 29, 2022. Retrieved August 14, 2022.
  12. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 "Mickey Kuhn filmography". Turner Classic Movies . Retrieved November 22, 2022.
  13. 1 2 Evans, Greg (November 22, 2022). "Mickey Kuhn Dies: Last Surviving 'Gone With The Wind' Cast Member Was 90". Deadline Hollywood . Retrieved November 22, 2022.
  14. Brizio-Skov, Flavia (2021). Ride the Frontier: Exploring the Myth of the American West on Screen. McFarland. p. 51. ISBN   9781476641911.
  15. "On the Loose — 1951". The A.V. Club . Retrieved November 22, 2022.

General and cited references

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Vivien Leigh</span> British actress (1913–1967)

Vivien Leigh, styled as Lady Olivier after 1947, was a British actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice, for her definitive performances as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939) and Blanche DuBois in the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), a role she had also played on stage in London's West End in 1949. She also won a Tony Award for her work in the Broadway musical version of Tovarich (1963). Although her career had periods of inactivity, in 1999 the American Film Institute ranked Leigh as the 16th greatest female movie star of classic Hollywood cinema.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Clark Gable</span> American actor (1901–1960)

William Clark Gable was an American film actor, often referred to as "The King of Hollywood". He had roles in more than 60 motion pictures in multiple genres during a career that lasted 37 years, three decades of which was as a leading man. Gable died of a heart attack at the age of 59; his final on-screen appearance was as an aging cowboy in The Misfits, released posthumously in 1961.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Mickey Rooney</span> American actor (1920–2014)

Joseph Yule Jr., also known as Mickey Rooney and Mickey Maguire; was an American actor. In a career spanning nine decades, he appeared in more than 300 films and was among the last surviving stars of the silent-film era. He was the top box-office attraction from 1939 to 1941, and one of the best-paid actors of that era. At the height of a career marked by declines and comebacks, Rooney performed the role of Andy Hardy in a series of 16 films in the 1930s and 1940s that epitomized mainstream America's self-image.

The year 1939 in film is widely considered the greatest year in film history. The ten Best Picture-nominated films that year include classics in multiple genres.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Miriam Hopkins</span> American actress

Ellen Miriam Hopkins was an American actress known for her versatility. She first signed with Paramount Pictures in 1930.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Scarlett O'Hara</span> Fictional character in Gone with the Wind

Katie Scarlett O'Hara Hamilton Kennedy Butler is a fictional character and the protagonist in Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel Gone with the Wind and in the 1939 film of the same name, where she is portrayed by Vivien Leigh. She also is the main character in the 1970 musical Scarlett and the 1991 book Scarlett, a sequel to Gone with the Wind that was written by Alexandra Ripley and adapted for a television mini-series in 1994. During early drafts of the original novel, Mitchell referred to her heroine as "Pansy", and did not decide on the name "Scarlett" until just before the novel went to print.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Theodore Bikel</span> Austrian-American actor and folk musician (1924–2015)

Theodore Meir Bikel was an Austrian-American actor, folk singer, musician, composer, unionist, and political activist. He appeared in films, including The African Queen (1951), Moulin Rouge (1952), The Kidnappers (1953), The Enemy Below (1957), I Want to Live! (1958), My Fair Lady (1964), The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966), and 200 Motels (1971). For his portrayal of Sheriff Max Muller in The Defiant Ones (1958), he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ann Rutherford</span> Canadian-born American actress

Therese Ann Rutherford was a Canadian-born American actress in film, radio, and television. She had a long career starring and co-starring in films, playing Polly Benedict during the 1930s and 1940s in the Andy Hardy series, and appearing as one of Scarlett O'Hara's sisters in the film Gone with the Wind (1939).

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Walter Plunkett</span> American costume designer

Walter Plunkett was a prolific costume designer who worked on more than 150 projects throughout his career in the Hollywood film industry.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Cammie King</span> American child actress

Eleanore Cammack "Cammie" King was an American former actress and public relations officer. She is best known for her portrayal of Bonnie Blue Butler in Gone with the Wind (1939). She also provided the voice for the doe Faline as a fawn in the animated Disney film, Bambi (1942).

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Barbara O'Neil</span> American actress (1910–1980)

Barbara O'Neil was an American film and stage actress. She appeared in the film Gone with the Wind (1939) and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in All This, and Heaven Too (1940).

<i>Gone with the Wind</i> (film) 1939 film by Victor Fleming

Gone with the Wind is a 1939 American epic historical romance film adapted from the 1936 novel by Margaret Mitchell. The film was produced by David O. Selznick of Selznick International Pictures and directed by Victor Fleming. Set in the American South against the backdrop of the American Civil War and the Reconstruction era, the film tells the story of Scarlett O'Hara, the strong-willed daughter of a Georgia plantation owner, following her romantic pursuit of Ashley Wilkes, who is married to his cousin, Melanie Hamilton, and her subsequent marriage to Rhett Butler.

<i>A Streetcar Named Desire</i> (1951 film) 1951 drama film by Elia Kazan

A Streetcar Named Desire is a 1951 American Southern Gothic drama film, adapted from Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name. It is directed by Elia Kazan, and stars Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, and Karl Malden. The film tells the story of a Mississippi Southern belle, Blanche DuBois, who, after encountering a series of personal losses, seeks refuge with her sister and brother-in-law in a dilapidated New Orleans apartment building. The original Broadway production and cast was converted to film, albeit with several changes and sanitizations related to censorship.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Vivien Leigh on stage and screen</span>

British actress Vivien Leigh (1913–1967) was born in Darjeeling, India; her family returned to England when she was six years old. In addition to her British schooling, she was also educated in France, Italy and Germany, and became multilingual. Classically trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, her film debut was in an uncredited role in the 1935 comedy Things Are Looking Up.

"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" is a line from the 1939 film Gone with the Wind starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. The line is spoken by Rhett Butler (Gable), as his last words to Scarlett O'Hara (Leigh), in response to her tearful question: "Where shall I go? What shall I do?" Scarlett clings to the hope that she can win him back. This line is slightly different in Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel Gone with the Wind, from which the film is derived: "My dear, I don't give a damn."

The 12th Academy Awards ceremony, held on February 29, 1940 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best in film for 1939 at a banquet in the Coconut Grove at The Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. It was hosted by Bob Hope, in his first of nineteen turns as host.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Fred Crane (actor)</span> American actor

Herman Frederick Crane, was an American film and television actor and radio announcer. He is probably best known for his role as Brent Tarleton in the 1939 film, Gone with the Wind, speaking the opening lines in the movie during the opening scene with Scarlett O'Hara and Stuart Tarleton.

<i>The Scarlett OHara War</i> 1980 television film by John Erman

The Scarlett O'Hara War is a 1980 American made-for-television drama film directed by John Erman. It is based on the 1979 novel Moviola by Garson Kanin. Set in late 1930s Hollywood, it is about the search for the actress to play Scarlett O'Hara in the much anticipated film adaptation of Gone with the Wind (1939). This film premiered as the finale of a three-night TV miniseries on NBC called Moviola: A Hollywood Saga.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Wright King</span> American actor

Wright Thornburgh King was an American stage, film and television actor whose career lasted for over forty years. He is best known for playing Jason Nichols in the television series Wanted Dead or Alive (1958–1961).