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Gig Young, Award Winner – MovieActors.com



Young in THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY?

Gig Young: Best Supporting Actor 1969: MovieActors.com

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THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY? (Drama – PG 13)


Gig Young won his Supporting Oscar for playing the duplicitous and dissipated dance marathon emcee.















About Gig Young (1913 – 1978)

Gig Young was born on November 4th, 1913, in Saint Cloud, Minnesota, the son of John and Emma Bar. At the time, John Barr was a chef at a reformatory school in Saint Cloud. His birth name was Byron Barr. His family moved to Washington D.C. soon after his birth, but moved back to their hometown; Waynesville, North Carolina, when Gig was six years old.

Before Gig became a teenager, the family once again moved to WAshington D.C.. Gig attended McKinley High School there. He wound up ultimately, in California, finishing high school there, and enjoying being in plays at high school, in both Washington D.C. and California.

After appearing in several high school plays and getting some experience, Young applied for and was awarded a scholarship to the Pasadena Community Playhouse. He enjoyed being in plays, working as an auto mechanic and other jobs to pay the rent.

It was there, while starring in the play Pancho, that Young and co-star George Reeves were discovered by a Warner Bros. talent scout in 1941. They were both signed to supporting player contracts with the studio.

In 1942, Byron Barr changed his name to Gig Young, after being given the role of the character, "Gig Young", in the picture, The Gay Sisters, which was his first prominent movie role. Young had wanted to change his name because there was another actor at the Warner Bros. Studio also named Byron Barr.

In the 1940s', Gig was often cast in films as the good-natured, affable second leader, supporting actor to the main character; usually a friend, a brother or a rival for a girl.

His film career was interrupted by World War 2, as Gig joined the Coast Guard, serving as a pharmacist's mate, in the South Pacific.

By the 1950's, Gig Young really hit his stride and perfected playing the 'other man' characters in the era's cheeky sex comedies. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for playing just such a character in Teacher's Pet.

But Young shocked audiences more than once with his acting depth. Gig Young got his first Oscar nomination for playing the role of an alcoholic in the 1951 film, Come Fill the Cup. Then Gig later won the Oscar for another dramatic role in the 1969 film, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Gig Young had a troubled personal life, and his alcoholism got worse and worse, perhaps an attempt to self-medicate a mental issue. He was married five times; three of the marriages ending in divorce, one widowed. In 1978, Gig Young's life ended violently, at his own hand. Young shot and killed his wife of three weeks, German actress Kim Schmidt, before killing himself.

Gig Young's Best Supporting nominations, are:

COME FILL THE CUP (51)
TEACHER'S PET (58)

Gig Young's notable movie credits include...

MISBEHAVING HUSBANDS (1940)
THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON (1941)
THE GAY SISTERS (1942)
OLD ACQUAINTANCE (1943)
THE WOMAN IN WHITE (1948)
THE THREE MUSKETEERS (1948)
COME FILL THE CUP (1951)
YOUNG AT HEART (1954)
DESK SET (1957)
ASK ANY GIRL (1959)
THAT TOUCH OF MINK (1962)
STRANGE BEDFELLOWS (1965)
LOVERS AND OTHER STRANGERS (1970)
THE HINDENBERG (1975)
THE KILLER ELITE (1975)
THE HINDENBURG (1975)
BRUCE LEE, THE LEGEND
GAME OF DEATH (1978)

Gig Young's television credits include...

WARNER BROTHERS PRESENTS (TV Series)
THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1959)
THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE (1961)
THE ROGUES (TV Series 1964-1965)
THE NEON CEILING (TV movie - 1971)
COMPANIONS IN NIGHTMARE (1968)
THE GREAT ICE RIP-OFF (1974)
THE TURNING POINT OF JIM MALLOY (TV Movie - 1975)
SHERLOCK HOLMES IN NEW YORK (1976)
GIBBSVILLE (TV Mini-Series 1976-1977)
SPECTRE (TV Movie - 1977)


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