Gig Young

Actor
Amiable supporting player and occasional lead who broke into film in the early 1940s. Young appeared in several bit parts under his given name, Byron Barr, and the pseudonym, Bryant Fleming, before adopting the name of ... Read more »
Born: 11/04/1913 in St Cloud, Minnesota, USA

Filmography

Actor (60)

Game of Death 1978 (Movie)

Jim Marshall (Actor)

Gibbsville 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ambassador 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hindenburg 1974 (Movie)

Edward Douglas (Actor)

The Killer Elite 1974 (Movie)

Lawrence Weyburn (Actor)

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia 1973 (Movie)

Quill (Actor)

Lovers and Other Strangers 1970 (Movie)

Hal Henderson (Actor)

They Shoot Horses, Don't They? 1969 (Movie)

Rocky (Actor)

The Rogues 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

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Strange Bedfellows 1964 (Movie)

Richard Bramwell (Actor)

A Ticklish Affair 1963 (Movie)

Cmdr Key Weedon (Actor)

Five Miles to Midnight 1962 (Movie)

David Barnes (Actor)

For Love or Money 1962 (Movie)

"Sonny" John Dayton Smith (Actor)

Kid Galahad 1962 (Movie)

Willy Grogan (Actor)

That Touch of Mink 1962 (Movie)

Roger (Actor)

The Spiral Staircase 1961 - 1962 (TV Show)

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Alcoa/Goodyear Theater 1958 - 1960 (TV Show)

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The Story on Page One 1959 (Movie)

Larry Ellis (Actor)

Ask Any Girl 1958 (Movie)

Evan Doughton (Actor)

Teacher's Pet 1958 (Movie)

Dr Hugo Pine (Actor)

The Tunnel of Love 1958 (Movie)

Dick Pepper (Actor)

Desk Set 1957 (Movie)

Mike Cutler (Actor)

The Desperate Hours 1955 (Movie)

Chuck (Actor)

Young at Heart 1954 (Movie)

Alex Burke (Actor)

Arena 1953 (Movie)

Bob Danvers (Actor)

City That Never Sleeps 1953 (Movie)

Johnny Kelly (Actor)

The Girl Who Had Everything 1953 (Movie)

Vance Court (Actor)

Torch Song 1952 (Movie)

Cliff Willard (Actor)

You For Me 1952 (Movie)

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Too Young to Kiss 1951 (Movie)

John Tirsen (Actor)

Silver Theater 1949 - 1950 (TV Show)

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Wake of the Red Witch 1948 (Movie)

Samuel 'Sam' Rosen (Actor)

Air Force (Movie)

Lt. Xavier Bill Williams (Actor)

Big Town (Movie)

Vance Crane (Actor)

Captains of the Clouds (Movie)

Student Pilot (Actor)

Come Fill the Cup (Movie)

Boyd Copeland (Actor)

Companions in Nightmare (TV Show)

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Dive Bomber (Movie)

Pilot (Actor)

Holiday for Sinners (Movie)

Jason Kent (Actor)

Love Letters (Movie)

Derek Quinton (Actor)

Lust for Gold (Movie)

Pete Thomas (Actor)

Navy Blues (Movie)

Sailor (Actor)

Old Acquaintance (Movie)

Rudd Kendall (Actor)

One Foot in Heaven (Movie)

Groom (Actor)

Only the Valiant (Movie)

Lt. William Holloway (Actor)

Our Hearts Were Growing Up (Movie)

Roger (Actor)

Practically Yours (Movie)

Navigator (Actor)

Seven Were Saved (Movie)

Lt. Martin Pinkert (Actor)

Sherlock Holmes in New York (TV Show)

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Spectre (TV Show)

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Tell It to the Judge (Movie)

Alexander Darvac (Actor)

The Affairs of Susan (Movie)

Chick (Actor)

The Great Ice Rip-Off (TV Show)

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The Main Street Kid (Movie)

Bud Wheeling (Actor)

The Male Animal (Movie)

Student (Actor)

The Neon Ceiling (TV Show)

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The Woman in White (Movie)

Walter Hartright (Actor)

They Made Me a Killer (Movie)

Steve Reynolds (Actor)

Biography

Amiable supporting player and occasional lead who broke into film in the early 1940s. Young appeared in several bit parts under his given name, Byron Barr, and the pseudonym, Bryant Fleming, before adopting the name of his character in the 1942 feature, "The Gay Sisters." While he proved capable in several dramatic parts (notably as the sleazy emcee in the haunting "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" which brought him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar), Young seemed destined to play debonair cads and slightly inebriated playboys who never win the female lead in the end in sophisticated light comedies such as "Desk Set" (1957), "Teacher's Pet" (1958) and "That Touch of Mink" (1962). Young's third and fifth wives were actresses Elizabeth Montgomery and Kim Schmidt; he allegedly shot the latter three weeks into the marriage before turning the gun on himself.

Relationships

Tara Lynne Barr Actor

Great-Cousin

Sophie Rosenstein

Wife
Married 1950 until her death in 1952

Kim Schmidt

Wife
Born c. 1947; German Married September 1978; wed for only three weeks Allegedly shot to death by Young October 19, 1978

Shelia Stapler

Wife

Elaine Whitman

Wife
Gave birth to a daughter Jennifer, but Young was later suspicious that child wasn't his and rejected her; he left her $10 in his will

Jennifer Young

Daughter
Gig Young filed a non-paternity suit claiming he wasn't her father left her $10 in his will

EDUCATION

Pasadena Playhouse

Pasadena , California
attended on scholarship

Milestones

1975

Last films included "The Hindenburg" and "The Killer Elite"; appeared in the Bruce Lee film "Game of Death" which was shot mostly in 1973 but held up until 1979 because star Bruce Lee died during its making

1958

Received a second Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the comedy, "Teacher's Pet", starring Clark Gable and Doris Day

1951

Received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work in drama about alcoholism, "Come Fill the Cup", starring James Cagney

1941

First featured film role in "The Gay Sisters"; played character named "Gig Young" and subsequently adopted the name for himself

1940

Signed by Warner Bros.

Served in WWII

Bonus Trivia

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Gig Young only used the names "Byron Barr" and "Bryant Fleming" in a handful of bit roles during his earliest period at Warner Brothers. From 1942 on he was known as "Gig Young". He did this partly to avoid being confused with another actor starting out in Hollywood named Byron Barr, who kept the name and racked up around 20 credits in Hollywood features between 1942 and the early 1950s. This Byron Barr played supporting roles and is perhaps best remembered as the hot-headed Nino Zachette, the boyfriend nearly framed for murder, in Billy Wilder's film noir classic, "Double Indemnity" (1944).

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