Mickey Coon – beloved child star – has passed away at the age of 90

The acting world is mourning the loss of the last surviving cast member of the 1939 classic Gone With the Wind, Mickey Kon.

Cohn — who was just six years old when he played young Beau Wilkes in Gone With the Wind — passed away in a hospice facility in Naples, Florida at the age of 90, via THR.

His wife, Barbara, whom he married in 1985, revealed that her husband had been in good health until recently.

Mourning: The acting world is in mourning for the loss of the last surviving member of the 1939 classic Gone with the Wind, Mickey Kon

Child star: Cohn — who was just six years old when he played young Beau Wilkes in Gone With the Wind — has died in a hospice facility in Naples, Florida at the age of 90, via THR

Child star: Cohn — who was just six years old when he played young Beau Wilkes in Gone With the Wind — has died in a hospice facility in Naples, Florida at the age of 90, via THR

Cohn was born in 1932 in Waukegan, Illinois, though his parents moved him to Los Angeles at a young age, where his father worked as a butcher at Safeway.

Coon had his first role at just two years old, playing an adopted child in Janet Gaynor’s 1934 film Change of Heart, and revealed in a 2008 interview with Golden Age Films how he got his first role.

“Of course I don’t remember that day, but my mom and I were at Sears Roebuck in Santa Monica and West when a lady stopped my mom and said that Fox Studios was looking for twins for a movie they were shooting,” he said.

BORN: Cohn was born in 1932 in Waukegan, Illinois, though his parents moved him to Los Angeles at a young age, where his father had a job chopping meat for Safeway.

BORN: Cohn was born in 1932 in Waukegan, Illinois, though his parents moved him to Los Angeles at a young age, where his father had a job chopping meat for Safeway.

She had a baby girl who looked a lot like me and thought she could be acted out. Well, we went there, and I, but not the lady’s child, was represented.

He had uncredited roles in 1937’s The Doctor’s Diary and 1939’s King of the Underworld’s When Tomorrow Comes, and attended a private school for showbiz kids he called Mar Kane School.

He also had four more roles in 1939, including Gone Wind, where he recalled how he learned he got the part.

Retrieved: He also had four other roles in 1939, including Gone Wind, where he recalled how he knew he got the part

Retrieved: He also had four other roles in 1939, including Gone Wind, where he recalled how he knew he got the part

I started crying and wanted to leave, but my mom said to go up and give my name to the lady at the desk. If I’m not contacted within 10 minutes, we’ll leave. I went up to the lady and said, “I’m Mickey Cohn.” She said, “Mickey, we’ve been waiting for you.” Then to others waiting, “Thank you, we’ve cast the part. You can all leave,” Kuhn recalled in an interview with Golden Age Films.

He also played Junior in the 1945 film Dick Tracy alongside Morgan Conway as the title character and starred alongside Kirk Douglas and Barbara Stanwyck in the 1946 film The Strange Love of Martha Ivers.

The young actor also starred alongside Jimmy Stewart in 1947’s Magic Town and 1950’s Broken Arrow, and alongside John Wayne in 1948’s Red River, where the acting legend already slapped him for the role.

Red River: The young actor also starred as Jimmy Stewart in 1947's Magic Town and 1950's Broken Arrow, and alongside John Wayne in 1948's Red River, where the acting legend already slapped him for the role.

Red River: The young actor also starred as Jimmy Stewart in 1947’s Magic Town and 1950’s Broken Arrow, and alongside John Wayne in 1948’s Red River, where the acting legend already slapped him for the role.

He actually hit me with the back of the hand. He told me it was [going to do it]. He said it would look better that way. Coon said: We did it all at once.

A played a sailor in the 1951 classic A Streetcar Named Desire, although that year he also joined the US Navy and worked as an aircraft electrician.

He returned to acting in 1955 with The Last Frontier, 1956’s Away All Boats and 1957 episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents before ending his acting career.

He continued to work in airport management for American Airlines and held management positions at Boston Airport before retiring in 1995.

Conn is survived by his wife, Barbara, and their two children.

Retired: He continued to work in airport management at American Airlines and held management positions at Boston Airport before retiring in 1995.

Retired: He continued to work in airport management at American Airlines and held management positions at Boston Airport before retiring in 1995.

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