Mostly Credited As: Gig Young
Birth Name: Byron Elsworth Barr
Date Of Birth: November 04, 1913 (Age 64)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: St. Cloud, Minnesota
Date Of Death: October 19, 1978
Cause Of Death: Suicide by gunshot (New York, NY)
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Born Byron Ellsworth Barr In 1917 in St. Cloud, Minn., Young took his stage name from the character he played in his first film—"The Gay Sisters," The name change followed rave reviews and came at the urging of studio head Jack Warner.
He was married five times, and had one daughter, Jennifer, now 52. Three of his marriages ended in divorce and his second wife died of cancer after only a year of marriage. His last bride used Kim Schmidt as a stage name. Her real name was Ruth Hannelore Schmidt.
On October 19, 1978, Police found the bodies of Young and his wife at about 7:30 p.m. after a call from the building manager. The manager told police he had heard noises that sounded like gunshots earlier, but did not become suspicious until he noticed groceries outside Young's first-floor apartment.