Gig Young Overview:

Legendary actor, Gig Young, was born Byron Elsworth Barr on Nov 4, 1913 in St. Cloud, MN. Young died at the age of 65 on Oct 19, 1978 in New York City, NY and was laid to rest in Green Hill Cemetery in Waynesville, NC.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Gig Young was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning one for Best Supporting Actor for They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (as Rocky) in 1969.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1951Best Supporting ActorCome Fill the Cup (1951)Boyd CopelandNominated
1958Best Supporting ActorTeacher's Pet (1958)Dr. Hugo PineNominated
1969Best Supporting ActorThey Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)RockyWon
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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Television.

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Today?s Noirvember post peers inside the shadowy life of actor , who was born Byron Elsworth Barr on today?s date in 1913 in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The film and TV star was bitten by the acting bug while in high school and later landed a scholarship to the acclaimed Pasadena Community Playho... Read full article


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Gig Young Quotes:

Rocky: I may not know a winner when I see one, but I sure as hell can spot a loser.


Sally 'Angel Face' Connors: I know how you feel, Joe.
Johnny Kelly: I don't think you have the slightest idea how I feel.
Sally 'Angel Face' Connors: Why do you say that?
Johnny Kelly: I feel like I'm in a cement mixer getting slowly chopped and pounded to death. I've seen all that I can stand to see.


Dick Pepper: [Sound of his kids loudly playing can be heard in the background] Pipe down you kids, or I'll send the pack of you to boarding school!
Alice Pepper: It wouldn't hurt you to play with your kids once in a while.
Dick Pepper: [Indifferently] We have nothing in common. They bore me. Being a parent is just feeding the mouth that bites you.


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Gig Young Facts
His father was a chef for a St. Cloud reformatory in Minnesota, and also had his own home canning business.

His film career was interrupted by WWII duty with the Coast Guard, serving in the Pacific for three years.

Cast in Blazing Saddles (1974) as the Waco Kid. Replaced by Mel Brooks with Gene Wilder shortly after filming began because the alcoholic Young was suffering from delirium tremens on the set.

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