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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Gig Young Quotes:

Sgt. Joe, the 'Voice of Chicago': So, you're leaving the police and your wife?
Johnny Kelly: Yeah, starting from scratch.


Cathy Timberlake: How would you feel? Here I am, he practically runs me down and then drives right away! And doesn't have the decency to apologise himself. Furthermore I have a job interview and have to go like this. He doesn't care.
Roger: Ohhh...
Cathy Timberlake: You know what I'd like to do?
Roger: Throw the money in his face?
Cathy Timberlake: Exactly! I'd like to throw that money right in his face.
Roger: Would you?
Cathy Timberlake: Yes, I would.
Roger: I've waited seven years for this moment. You come with me!


Rocky: My father never made it out of the fourth grade. He knew people. But he didn't know his ass from his elbow. You know what he was? He was a faith healer. I used to travel the circut with him. I was the one he healed. I was the shill, to set the crowd up. "Walk, my boy. When I lay my hands on you, you will walk." You will walk. Sodden old bastard. He thought it was him they believed in, but it was me.


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Gig Young Facts
Once romantically involved with fellow alcoholic Elaine Stritch. Their destructive relationship is poignantly discussed in Elaine's Tony-winning one-woman show Elaine Stritch: At Liberty (2002) (TV). He met actress Elizabeth Montgomery shortly after their aborted engagement.

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.

While it was common knowledge that Gig had an alcohol problem, some of his best roles were as heavy drinkers, such as in Come Fill the Cup (1951), They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) and as Ray Whitehead on the TV series "Gibbsville" (1976).

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