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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:

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.


August 'Augie' Poole: Are you out for a world record? Can't you pass up one dame?
Dick Pepper: I have never yet gone after a woman unless she sent out a certain signal, like radar.
August 'Augie' Poole: [Glumly] I didn't notice any signal.
Dick Pepper: Your extrasensory perceptions have been dulled by years of disuse. She lit up like that sign over Madison Square Garden: "Wrestling Tonight"!


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


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Gig Young Facts
Young is considered the ultimate victim of the Oscar curse, so-called because many Academy Award winners have seen their careers decline or reach a dead-end after winning the ultimate accolade from their peers. According to his fourth wife Elaine Young, "What he was aching for, as he walked up to collect his Oscar, was a role in his own movie, one that they could finally call a Gig Young movie." Young was shattered when that opportunity did not materialize. "For Gig, the Oscar was literally the kiss of death, the end of the line", according to Elaine.

Attended McKinley High School in Washington D.C.

His will, which covered a $200,000 estate, left his Academy Award to his agent, Martin Baum, and Baum's wife. The wording of the will called it "the Oscar that I won because of Martin's help". New York City police found the statuette beside the bodies of Young and his wife.

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