Bloody October Post #17: The Gig Young Murder and Suicide
Since the beginning of his career in the 1940s, Gig Young had always been known for playing a supporting role. He was always “the other guy” who was very likeable, quite popular, and more often than not, a little drunk. I personally liked him in Teacher’s Pet (1958): a charming, witty intellectual who charms Doris Day off her feet (and away from Clark Gable) with his suave personality. Cue the man wars and conga drum contest! Anyway, by the 1960s, Young was getting quite tired of always being the supporting actor. He wished for a movie that people could call a “Gig Young movie”. This caused Young to begin drinking heavily, and soon his severe alcoholism cost him many roles. Three of his five marriages ended in divorce (due to his alcoholism and his belligerence when drunk).
On September 27, 1978, young married German actress Kim Schmidt. Only three weeks after the marriage, the couple was found shot to death in their Manhattan apartment. This was a case of murder-suicide: Young first shot his wife, then he shot himself. No one ever knew why Young did this, and the police could find no motive for the murder-suicide. Was Young depressed and angry over his declining career? Was he drunk? Was it because his dream of being a leading man never came true?
Alas, we will never know!