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"Whenever you play a second lead and lose the girl, you have to make your part interesting yet not compete with the leading man. There are few great second leads in this business. It's easier to play a lead – you can do whatever you want. If I'm good it always means the leading man has been generous."

Gig Young (born Byron Elsworth Barr; November 4, 1913 – October 19, 1978) was an American actor of stage, film, and television.

Born in St. Cloud, Minnesota and raised in North Carolina and Washington, D.C., he studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse, where he was discovered (along with George Reeves) by a Warner Bros. talent scout while performing in a play. After getting signed to the studio he had bit parts in a number of films, in which he was either uncredited or credited as Byron Barr. In 1942, he appeared in The Gay Sisters as a character named "Gig Young", and was so well received that the studio subsequently encouraged him to adapt that as his permanent Stage Name.

Known mainly for supporting roles, in particular for playing the Romantic False Lead in both serious and comedic films, Young won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as a jaded dance-marathon emcee in the 1969 film They Shoot Horses, Don't They?.

Young was married five times, one of his wives being Elizabeth Montgomery of Bewitched fame. On October 19, 1978—three weeks after his fifth marriage, to a 31-year-old German woman named Kim Schmidt—police found the couple dead at home in their Manhattan apartment from gunshot wounds; it was determined that Young had shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself.

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