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Rocky Actor, Burt Young Passes Away at 83


Actor Burt Young, renowned for his portrayal of Paulie Pennino in the Rocky movies, passed away at 83.

In 1977, Young earned an Oscar nomination for his stellar performance as Rocky’s friend and future brother-in-law, a character played by Sylvester Stallone.

Sylvester Stallone honored Young on social media, describing him as an “incredible man and artist”.

He added:

“I and the world will miss you very much.”

Gerald Tommaso DeLouise, born in Queens, New York, began his journey as an Italian-American. He served in the US Marine Corps during the 1950s and later pursued acting, establishing a career portraying rugged characters in television and film.

Burt Young

Carmel Dagan of Variety recalled the actor as  “exceptionally prolific”.

“[He] was never much to look at, making him the perfect character actor – [he] had a way of taking a thug or a goon or a mug and giving him more personality, more sympathy, somehow, than the role deserved,” Dagan wrote.

Young initially appeared in the debut Rocky film in 1976, playing a friend of Stallone’s character, eventually transitioning into the role of Rocky’s brother-in-law in Rocky II, as the fighter tied the knot with his sister.

He portrayed Paulie in all six original Rocky films but was absent from the 2015 spin-off film Creed.

Rocky stands as his most iconic work, a massive cinematic success that garnered 10 Oscar nominations and three awards in total, including the coveted best picture award.

Additionally, Young showcased his acting prowess in notable films like Once Upon a Time in America, Last Exit to Brooklyn, and Mickey Blue Eyes.

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His presence extended to television, appearing in popular series such as The Sopranos, Law & Order, The Rockford Files, and M*A*S*H.

Following his acting career, Young delved into the realm of painting, earning recognition for his artwork exhibited in galleries worldwide.

His manager confirmed his passing on Wednesday.

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