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Gig Young (1913–1978)

Affable, immensely likable American actor, usually in second leads. A native of Minnesota, his parents John and Emma Barr raised him in Washington, DC. He developed a passion for the theatre while appearing in high school plays. After some amateur experience, he applied for and received a scholarship to the acclaimed Pasadena Community Playhouse. ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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 1975 The Hindenburg
Edward Douglas
 1975 The Killer Elite
Lawrence Weyburn
 1974 A Black Ribbon for Deborah
 1973 A Son-in-Law for Charlie McReady
Charlie McReady
 1970 Lovers and Other Strangers
Hal Henderson
 1967 The Shuttered Room
Mike Kelton
 1965 Invisible Diplomats (Short)
Brad (uncredited)
 1965 Strange Bedfellows
Richard Bramwell
 1963 A Ticklish Affair
Key Weedon
 1963 For Love or Money
Sonny Smith
 1962 Five Miles to Midnight
David Barnes
 1962 Kid Galahad
Willy Grogan
 1959 The Story on Page One
Larry Ellis
 1959 Ask Any Girl
Evan Doughton
 1958 The Tunnel of Love
Dick Pepper
 1957 Desk Set
Mike Cutler
 1955 The Desperate Hours
Chuck Wright
 1954 Rear Window
Jeff's Editor (voice, uncredited)
 1953 Torch Song
Cliff Willard
 1953 Arena
Hob Danvers
 1953 The Girl Who Had Everything
Vance Court
 1952 Holiday for Sinners
Dr. Jason Kent
 1952 You for Me
Dr. Jeff Chadwick
 1951 Too Young to Kiss
John Tirsen
 1951 Come Fill the Cup
Boyd Copeland
 1951 Slaughter Trail
Ike Vaughn
 1951 Only the Valiant
Lt. William Holloway
 1951 Target Unknown
Capt. Reiner
 1949 Tell It to the Judge
Alexander Darvac
 1949 Lust for Gold
Pete Thomas
 1948 Wake of the Red Witch
Samuel 'Sam' Rosen
 1947 Escape Me Never
Caryl Dubrok
 1943 Old Acquaintance
Rudd Kendall
 1943 Air Force
 1942 The Gay Sisters
Gig Young
 1942 The Mad Martindales
Peter Varney (as Byron Barr)
 1942 The Male Animal
Student (uncredited)
 1942 Captains of the Clouds
Student Pilot (as Byron Barr)
 1942 The Man Who Came to Dinner
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1941 You're in the Army Now
Soldier (uncredited)
 1941 They Died with Their Boots On
Lt. Roberts (uncredited)
 1941 The Tanks Are Coming (Short)
Jim Allen (as Byron Barr)
 1941 One Foot in Heaven
First Groom Asking for Dog Licence (uncredited)
 1941 Navy Blues
Sailor in Storeroom (uncredited)
 1941 Dive Bomber
Abbott - Guinea Pig 2 Experiment 32 (uncredited)
 1941 Sergeant York
Marching Soldier (uncredited)
 1941 Here Comes the Cavalry (Short)
Trooper Rollins (as Byron Barr)
 1940 Misbehaving Husbands
Floor Walker (as Byron Barr)
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Other Works:

There's a Girl in My Soup (1967). Written by Terence Frisby. Directed by Robert Chetwyn. Music Box Theatre: 18 Oct 1967- 27 Jul 1967 (322 performances + 2 previews that began on 16 Oct 1967). Cast: Barbara Ferris (as "Marion"), Rita Gam (as "Clare"), Jon Pertwee (as "Andrew"), Gig Young (as "Robert Danvers"), Erica Fitz (as "... See more »

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1 Print Biography | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Byron Barr | Bryant Fleming | Gig | Ronald Reed


6' 1" (1.85 m)

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Personal Quote:

[on his role as the dance-marathon barker in They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)]: (The role was) a lifeline for a drowning man, a last chance to show (my) talent as a serious actor. See more »


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. See more »

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