Gig Young

Happy birthday to actor Gig Young, born Nov. 4, 1913 in St. Cloud, MN. Young took an interest in acting while in high school and eventually received a scholarship to the Pasadena Community Playhouse.GigYoung While performing on stage in 1940, he was discovered by a Warner Brothers scout and given minor film roles under his birth name of Byron Barr. Changing his name to Gig Young in 1942, he went on to appear in many films throughout the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, usually playing second lead or supporting parts. Among his movies, four were classic noir films: The Woman In White (1948), Hunt the Man Down (1950), City That Never Sleeps (1953), and The Desperate Hours (1955). In 1969, he won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? Young battled alcoholism in his later years, which prevented him from getting frequent acting work. His last appearance was in Bruce Lee’s final film, Game of Death (1978). Young was married five times (actress Elizabeth Montgomery was his third wife). Three weeks after marrying his fifth wife in 1978, Young shot and killed her, then turned the gun on himself. The motive for the apparent murder-suicide was never determined. Young was 64 years old.


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