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Gig Young (born Byron Elsworth Barr; November 4, 1913 – October 19, 1978) was an American film, stage, and television actor. Known mainly for supporting roles, in particular playing the Romantic False Lead in both serious and comedic films, Young won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as a 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 marriage to a 31-year-old German woman named Kim Schmidt, police found the couple dead at home in their Manhattan apartment; Young had shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself.


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