Hollywood: Burt Young, Oscar-nominated actor from 'Rocky,' passes away at 83
Burt Young, the actor known for his role as Paulie in the "Rocky" franchise, has died at age 83. Sylvester Stallone pays tribute.
Burt Young, the talented actor known for his role as Paulie in the "Rocky" movies, has sadly passed away at the age of 83. His daughter, Anne Morea Steingieser, confirmed the news to the New York Times. Young had a successful career in both film and television, with notable appearances in "Chinatown," "Once Upon a Time in America," and "The Sopranos."
However, it was his portrayal of Paulie Pennino in the "Rocky" franchise that truly made him a household name. Playing the gruff and lovable best friend to Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa, Young brought a unique charm to the character. Paulie was a rough-around-the-edges meat packer who often clashed with his sister Adrian, but ultimately became a beloved figure in the series.
Young's performance in the first "Rocky" film earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Although he didn't win, the movie itself went on to win three Oscars, including Best Picture. As the series continued, Paulie's character evolved and provided comedic relief to the increasingly intense sequels. Young's ability to balance toughness with vulnerability endeared him to audiences worldwide.
Born and raised in Queens, New York, Young had a diverse background before entering the world of acting. He served in the Marine Corps, pursued a career as a professional boxer, and worked as a carpet layer. It was his passion for acting that led him to study with renowned teacher Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio. From there, Young went on to portray various tough guys and working-class men in both stage and screen productions.
In addition to his work in the "Rocky" series, Young had memorable roles in films such as "Chinatown," where he played a fiery fisherman, and "Once Upon a Time in America," alongside Robert De Niro. He also made appearances on popular TV shows like "M(asterisk)A(asterisk)S(asterisk)H," "Miami Vice," and "The Equalizer."
Despite his success in the entertainment industry, Young also had a passion for painting. In his later years, he focused on his artwork, which led to gallery shows and sales. He was a multi-talented individual who left a lasting impact on both the acting world and the art world.
Burt Young is survived by his daughter, one grandchild, and his brother, Robert. His legacy as Paulie in the "Rocky" movies will forever be remembered, and his contributions to the world of film and television will continue to inspire future generations. Sylvester Stallone, his co-star and close friend, paid tribute to Young on Instagram, expressing his admiration for the man and artist that he was. The world has lost a truly incredible talent, and he will be deeply missed.