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Gig Young is a Actor and Scriptwriter American born on 4 november 1913 at St. Cloud (USA)

Gig Young

Gig Young
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Birth name Byron Elsworth Barr
Nationality USA
Birth 4 november 1913 at St. Cloud (USA)
Death 19 october 1978 (at 64 years) at New York City (USA)
Awards Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

Gig Young (November 4, 1913 – October 19, 1978) was an American film, stage, and television actor. Known mainly for second leads and supporting roles, Young won an Academy Award for his performance as a slimy dance-marathon emcee in the 1969 film They Shoot Horses, Don't They? An alcoholic, Young was implicated in the murder-suicide which resulted in the deaths of him and his wife in 1978.


Young was married five times; his first marriage to Sheila Stapler lasted seven years, ending in 1947. In 1950, he married Sophie Rosenstein, the resident drama coach at Paramount, who was several years Young's senior. She was soon diagnosed with cancer, and died just short of two years after the couple's wedding. After her death, Young was engaged to actress Elaine Stritch.

He met actress Elizabeth Montgomery after she appeared in an episode of Warner Bros. Presents in 1956, and the two married later that year. In 1963, Montgomery divorced Young because of his alcoholism.

Young married his fourth wife, real estate agent Elaine Williams, nine months after his divorce from Montgomery was final. Williams was pregnant with Young's child at the time and gave birth to his only child, Jennifer, in April 1964. After three years of marriage, the couple divorced. During a legal battle over child support with Williams, Young denied that Jennifer was his biological child. After five years of court battles, Young lost his case.

On September 27, 1978, Young, age 64, married his fifth wife, a 31-year-old German magazine editor named Kim Schmidt. He met Schmidt in Hong Kong while working on Game of Death.

Young's daughter Jennifer was allegedly a close friend and roommate of Heidi Fleiss, the so-called "Hollywood Madam". Jennifer has denied allegations that she was ever a sex worker for Fleiss, yet was a co-author of the book Hooking Up: You'll Never Make Love In This Town Again AGAIN, which was a sequel book that claims to have vetted information on some Hollywood stars paying hookers for sex.

Best films

The Hindenburg (1975)
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
Come Fill The Cup (1951)
Game of Death (1978)
Air Force (1943)

Usually with

Hal B. Wallis
Hal B. Wallis
(9 films)
Perc Westmore
Perc Westmore
(8 films)
Bess Flowers
Bess Flowers
(7 films)
Edith Head
Edith Head
(6 films)
Max Steiner
Max Steiner
(6 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Gig Young (62 films)

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Game of Death, 40minutes
Directed by Bruce Lee, Sammo Hung, Robert Clouse
Origin Hong kong
Genres Drama, Thriller, Martial arts, Action, Crime, Martial arts
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Kung fu films
Actors James Tien, Bruce Lee, Chieh Yuan, Chuck Norris, Dan Inosanto, Colleen Camp
Roles Jim Marshall
Rating61% 3.051763.051763.051763.051763.05176
The 1978 version uses portions of the original footage married to an entirely new plot involving a new character, Billy Lo,(盧比利) struggling against a racketeering "syndicate" after gaining international success as a martial arts movie star. When Billy refuses to be intimidated by syndicate henchman Steiner (Hugh O'Brian) and his gangs of thugs, syndicate owner Dr. Land (Dean Jagger) orders his assassination to serve as an example to others.
Spectre (1977)
, 1h38
Directed by Clive Donner
Origin USA
Genres Horror
Themes Demons in film
Actors Robert Culp, Gig Young, John Hurt, James Villiers, Gordon Jackson, Majel Barrett
Roles Dr. Ham Hamilton
Rating63% 3.1500353.1500353.1500353.1500353.150035
William Sebastian (Robert Culp) is a former criminologist who now studies the occult to explain the problem of human evil. He has been cursed on one of his adventures by the demon Asmodeus, leaving him in constant need of medical attention. He summons an old colleague, Dr. "Ham" Hamilton (Gig Young) to his home to help him with a case involving the Cyon family. Dr. Hamilton does not believe in the occult and thinks that Sebastian and his housekeeper Lilith (Majel Barrett) are playing tricks on him when he witnesses unusual events.
Sherlock Holmes in New York, 1h34
Directed by Boris Sagal, Paul Baxley
Origin USA
Genres Thriller
Themes Sherlock Holmes films, Buddy films
Actors Roger Moore, Patrick Macnee, John Huston, Charlotte Rampling, David Huddleston, Signe Hasso
Roles Mortimer McGrew
Rating58% 2.905582.905582.905582.905582.90558
The great detective Sherlock Holmes and his trusted companion Dr. John Watson travel to New York City to investigate a recent threat made by Professor Moriarty.
The Hindenburg, 2h5
Directed by Robert Wise, Howard Kazanjian
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Historical
Themes La fin du monde, Transport films, Aviation films, Disaster films, American disaster films, Films about aviation accidents or incidents
Actors George C. Scott, Anne Bancroft, William Atherton, Roy Thinnes, Gig Young, Burgess Meredith
Roles Edward Douglas
Rating62% 3.149883.149883.149883.149883.14988
Kathie Rauch (Ruth Schudson), a psychic from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, sends a letter to the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. claiming the Hindenburg zeppelin will explode after flying over New York. In the meantime, Luftwaffe Colonel Franz Ritter (George C. Scott) boards with the intention of protecting the Hindenburg as various threats have been made to down the airship, which some see as a symbol of Nazi Germany.
The Killer Elite, 1h51
Directed by Sam Peckinpah
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Spy, Crime
Themes Spy films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Yakuza films, Gangster films
Actors James Caan, Robert Duvall, Burt Young, Arthur Hill, Bo Hopkins, Gig Young
Roles Lawrence Weyburn
Rating60% 3.000123.000123.000123.000123.00012
Mike Locken (James Caan) and George Hansen (Robert Duvall) are best friends and private contractors for a private intelligence agency, Communications Integrity or ComTeg, which handles covert assignments for the CIA. At the beginning of the film, Locken and Hansen are helping an East European defector, Vorodny (Helmut Dantine) escape. After delivering the defector to other ComTeg operatives, Locken and Hansen throw a wild party to relax. The next day, they go to a ComTeg safehouse to relieve other agents who have been guarding Vorodny, the defector they previously helped escape.
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, 1h52
Directed by Sam Peckinpah
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Action, Crime, Western
Actors Warren Oates, Isela Vega, Robert Webber, Gig Young, Helmut Dantine, Kris Kristofferson
Roles Quill
Rating74% 3.7472153.7472153.7472153.7472153.747215
Teresa, the pregnant teenage daughter of a powerful man known only as "El Jefe" (Spanish for "The Boss") (Emilio Fernández), is summoned before her father and interrogated as to the identity of her unborn child's father. Under torture, she identifies the father as Alfredo Garcia, whom El Jefe had been grooming to be his successor. Infuriated, El Jefe offers a $1 million reward to whoever will "bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia."
The Great Ice Rip-Off, 1h15
Directed by Dan Curtis
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy thriller, Crime
Actors Lee J. Cobb, Gig Young, Matt Clark, Grayson Hall, Robert Walden, Geoffrey Lewis
Roles Harkey Rollins
Rating73% 3.673963.673963.673963.673963.67396
Un policier à la retraite tente d'arrêter un astucieux voleur de diamants et ses complices.
Lovers and Other Strangers, 1h44
Directed by Cy Howard
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays, Films about marriage
Actors Beatrice Arthur, Richard S. Castellano, Bonnie Bedelia, Michael Brandon, Cloris Leachman, Bob Dishy
Roles Hal Henderson
Rating67% 3.393393.393393.393393.393393.39339
Lovers and Other Strangers revolves around the wedding of Mike (Michael Brandon) and Susan (Bonnie Bedelia), intercutting their story with those of other couples among their families and friends. As the movie opens, Mike wants to call off the wedding, arguing that it would be hypocritical for them to get married when they've already been living together for a year and a half. He only relents when Susan's father Hal (Gig Young) tells him that Susan went to her first Halloween party dressed as a bride.
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, 2h
Directed by Sydney Pollack
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Dance films, Films about suicide
Actors Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Gig Young, Susannah York, Red Buttons, Bonnie Bedelia
Roles Rocky
Rating78% 3.9485553.9485553.9485553.9485553.948555
Robert Syverton (Michael Sarrazin), who once dreamed of being a great film director, recalls the events leading to an unstated crime. In his youth, he saw a horse break its leg, after which it was shot and put out of its misery. Years later, in 1932 during the Great Depression, he wanders into a dance marathon about to begin in the shabby La Monica Ballroom, perched over the Pacific Ocean on the Santa Monica Pier, near Los Angeles. He is recruited by MC (Master of Ceremonies) Rocky (Gig Young) as a substitute partner for a cynical malcontent named Gloria (Jane Fonda), when her original partner is disqualified because of an ominous cough.
Companions in Nightmare, 1h40
Directed by Norman Lloyd
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Melvyn Douglas, Gig Young, Anne Baxter, Leslie Nielsen, Patrick O'Neal, Dana Wynter
Roles Eric Nicholson
Rating72% 3.616123.616123.616123.616123.61612
Dr. Lawrence Strelson (Melvyn Douglas) is a famous psychiatrist who conducts a group-therapy session with several high-priced professionals. It turns out that one of the patients is a murderer; the truth will come out, and it will be a shocker. Among the special guest suspects are Eric Nicholson (Gig Young), Carlotta Mauridge (Anne Baxter), Jeremy Siddack (Patrick O'Neal), Julie Klanton (Dana Wynter) and Dr. Neesden (Leslie Nielsen).
The Shuttered Room, 1h39
Directed by David Greene
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Horror
Themes Films based on works by H. P. Lovecraft
Actors Gig Young, Carol Lynley, Oliver Reed, Flora Robson, Charles Lloyd-Pack, Bernard Kay
Roles Mike Kelton
Rating63% 3.1991053.1991053.1991053.1991053.199105
Susannah Kelton, a newly married twentysomething who was raised in foster care in the big city, learns that her real parents have only recently died and left all of their property to her. She and her husband, Mike, travel to the island of Dunwich off the coast of Massachusetts to inspect the property. They find a local culture that is clannish, backward and ignorant. The few friends they make amongst the locals, including Susannah's Aunt Agatha, warn them that the family mill is cursed and urge the Keltons to leave immediately and never look back. Refusing to bow to superstition, the Keltons consider rehabilitating the abandoned mill. They become the target of a gang of local thugs led by Susannah's lecherous cousin, Ethan. Their reign of terror is ended by something still living in the shuttered attic room of the mill, something that caused Susannah nightmares as a child.
Strange Bedfellows, 1h38
Directed by Melvin Frank
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Rock Hudson, Gina Lollobrigida, Gig Young, Terry-Thomas, Edward Judd, Alan Caillou
Roles Richard Bramwell
Rating60% 3.0051953.0051953.0051953.0051953.005195
A wealthy American (Hudson) and a bohemian Italian woman (Lollobrigida) meet in London, and impulsively marry. Then finding they have virtually nothing in common they separate. Seven years later, just days before the divorce is due to be finalized, they meet again and begin to rekindle the romance.
For Love or Money, 1h48
Directed by Michael Gordon
Origin USA
Genres Romantic comedy
Actors Kirk Douglas, Mitzi Gaynor, Thelma Ritter, Gig Young, Julie Newmar, William Bendix
Roles John Dayton "Sonny" Smith
Rating62% 3.101353.101353.101353.101353.10135
Lawyer Donald Kenneth "Deke" Gentry (Kirk Douglas) is given the task of playing matchmaker for the three daughters of his wealthy client Chloe Brasher (Thelma Ritter).
A Ticklish Affair, 1h28
Directed by George Sidney
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Aviation films, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Shirley Jones, Gig Young, Red Buttons, Edward Platt, Carolyn Jones, Edgar Buchanan
Roles Key Weedon
Rating59% 2.958182.958182.958182.958182.95818
Commander Key Weedon (Gig Young), a pilot with the U.S. Navy, is sent to investigate when an S.O.S. emergency signal is spotted in the San Diego region. He discovers it is the doing of a six-year-old boy, Grover Martin, whose uncle Simon (Red Buttons), an airline pilot, gave the boy a blinker light as a gift.