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Also Known As: Byron Barr, Byron Elsworth Barr, Bryant Fleming, Byron Barr Died: October 19, 1978
Born: November 4, 1913 Cause of Death: suspected suicide after allegedly shooting wife to death
Birth Place: St Cloud, Minnesota, USA Profession: actor

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Game of Death, The (1979) Jim Marshall
2.
 Spectre (1977) Dr Hamilton
3.
 Sherlock Holmes in New York (1976) Mortimer Mcgraw
4.
 Turning Point of Jim Malloy, The (1975) Ray Whitehead
5.
 The Hindenburg (1975) Edward Douglas
6.
 Killer Elite, The (1975) Lawrence Weyburn
8.
 Great Ice Rip-Off, The (1974) Harkey Rollins
9.
 Neon Ceiling, The (1971) Jones
10.
 Lovers and Other Strangers (1970) Hal Henderson
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1941:
Signed by Warner Bros.
1942:
First featured film role in "The Gay Sisters"; played character named "Gig Young" and subsequently adopted the name for himself
:
Served in WWII
1951:
Received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work in drama about alcoholism, "Come Fill the Cup", starring James Cagney
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
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
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Education

Pasadena Playhouse: Pasadena , California -

Notes

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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wife:
Shelia Stapler. Married c. 1939; divorced.
wife:
Sophia Rosenstein. Married c. 1950 until her death in 1952.
wife:
Elizabeth Montgomery. Actor. Married in 1956; divorced in 1963; third wife.
wife:
Elaine Whitman. Real estate broker. Married in 1953; divorced in 1966 divorced; gave birth to a daughter Jennifer, but Young was later suspicious that child wasn't his and rejected her (and left her $10 in his will).
wife:
Kim Schmidt. Actor. Fifth wife; born c. 1947; German-born; married in September 1978; wed for only three weeks; allegedly shot to death by Young on October 19, 1978.
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daughter:
Jennifer Young. Gig Young filed a non-paternity suit claiming he wasn't her father; left her $10 in his will.

Bibliography close complete biography

"The Final Gig: The Man Behind the Murder" Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

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