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Gig Young Height, Weight, Age, Death, Wife, Children

Gig Young Quick Info
Height 6 ft 1 in
Weight 74 kg
Date of Birth November 4, 1913
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Date of Death October 19, 1978

Gig Young was an American actor and stage artist who is known for his work in films like The Neon CeilingTeacher’s PetCome Fill the Cup, and They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?.

Born Name

Byron Elsworth Barr

Other Name

Gig Young

Gig Young as seen in a publicity photo for 'Oh, Men! Oh, Women!' in 1953
Gig Young as seen in a publicity photo for ‘Oh, Men! Oh, Women!’ in 1953 (Talbot Photography / eBay / Public Domain)


He was born on November 4, 1913.


On October 19, 1978, Gig Young died due to a gunshot wound in a murder-suicide case at the age of 64 in his apartment in New York City, New York, United States.

Resting Place

Green Hill Cemetery in Waynesville, North Carolina, United States

Sun Sign


Born Place

St. Cloud, Minnesota, United States


He resided in an apartment at The Osborne in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States.





Gig Young studied at McKinley High School located in Northeast Washington, D.C. It was there that he developed his first love of acting by appearing in school plays.

After graduating high school, he studied acting. He later received a scholarship to the acclaimed Pasadena Playhouse and stated, “I had two jobs to support me, never rested, but it was great training and when I landed the part at Warner Bros., I was ready for it”.


Actor, Stage Artist


  • Father – John Barr (Worked as a reformatory chef)
  • Mother – Emma Barr
  • Others – William Edward Barr (Paternal Grandfather), Jane Rice (Paternal Grandmother), Solomon Howard Dingman (Maternal Grandfather), Clemence Meyette Croisetiere (Maternal Grandmother)




6 ft 1 in or 185.5 cm


74 kg or 163 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Gig Young dated –

  1. Elaine Stritch – He dated actor Elaine Stritch and they even got engaged before calling it quits.
  2. Sheila Stapler (1940-1947)​ – He married his first wife Sheila Stapler (one of his Pasadena Playhouse classmates) in 1940 but they eventually divorced in 1947. Gig Young later said, “We were too young, it couldn’t have lasted”.
  3. Eleanor Parker (1945-1946) – In November 1945, he started dating actor Eleanor Parker and they parted ways the following year in January. Also, they co-starred in the film Escape Me Never (1947).
  4. Sophie Rosenstein (1950-1952)​ – Gig Young married Sophie Rosenstein in 1950. She served as the resident drama coach at Paramount and was several years older than Gig Young. She died of cancer just short of two years after the couple’s wedding.
  5. Mala Powers (1953)
  6. Elaine Stewart (1953-1954)
  7. Rossana Rory (1955)
  8. Elizabeth Montgomery (1956-1963)​ – He was married to actor and stage artist Elizabeth Montgomery from 1956 to 1963. Reportedly, she divorced Young because of his alcoholism.
  9. Elaine Williams (1963-1966)​ – Gig Young married Elaine Williams in 1963 and she gave birth to his only child, a daughter named Jennifer Young, on April 21, 1964. The marriage ended in divorce in 1966.
  10. Kim Schmidt (1978) – He married his 5th wife, a 31-year-old German magazine editor Kim Schmidt, at the age of 64 on September 27, 1978. Just 3 weeks after their marriage, the couple was found dead in their apartment at The Osborne in Manhattan on October 19, 1978.

Race / Ethnicity


Gig Young was of French-Canadian, Dutch, English, Scottish, Northern Irish/Irish, and Huron Native Canadian descent.

From Left to Right - Charles Boyer, Gig Young, David Niven, and Robert Coote with Gladys Cooper (sitting) posing for a cast photo of the television program 'The Rogues'
From Left to Right (Standing) – Charles Boyer, Gig Young, David Niven, and Robert Coote with Gladys Cooper (Sitting) posing for a cast photo of the television program ‘The Rogues’ (NBC Television / eBay / Public Domain)

Hair Color

Salt and Pepper

Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

Deep-set eyes

Brand Endorsements

Gig Young was cast as an interviewer in a highway safety TV commercial with James Dean in July 1955.

Gig Young Favorite Things

  • One Of His Personal Favorite Roles – Playing Tony Fleming in The Rogues


Gig Young Facts

  1. He grew up in Washington, D.C.
  2. He worked as a used car salesman after he graduated high school.
  3. Along with Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Susannah York, Bonnie Bedelia, and Red Buttons, Gig Young co-starred as Rocky Gravo in the psychological drama film They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? in 1969. For this role, Young won the Academy Award for “Best Supporting Actor” and Golden Globe Award for “Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture”.
  4. Gig Young has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6821 Hollywood Boulevard.

Featured Image by Talbot Photography / eBay / Public Domain

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