Burt Young was best known for his career-defining role as Paulie, appearing in all six films until 2006’s Rocky Balboa.
Thursday, October 19, 2023, 6:37 a.m
Burt Young, the Oscar-nominated actor known for his timeless role as Paulie in the “Rocky” film series, has died at age 83, his manager confirmed to ABC News.
“Burt was an actor with enormous emotional range. He could make you cry and scare you to death. But the real pathos I experienced was the emotion of his soul. That’s where it came from,” said his manager Lynda Bensky. the veteran actor said in a statement.
According to the New York Times, which first reported the news, Young died in Los Angeles earlier this month.
Young had a long Hollywood career that spanned six decades.
He played Curly in 1974’s Chinatown alongside Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston.
That same year, Young also appeared alongside James Caan as Carmine in The Gambler, a film about a professor who gets into trouble because of his gambling debts.
Young took on various roles on television in the 1970s, including the 1975 TV movie Hustling and 1976’s Serpico and The Rockford Files.
But he is best known for his career-defining role as Paulie, the cantankerous but lovable brother-in-law of Sylvester Stallone’s character in the “Rocky” franchise, appearing in all six films up to 2006’s “Rocky Balboa.”
“To my dear friend BURT YOUNG, you were an incredible man and artist, I and the world will miss you dearly… RIP,” Stallone wrote on Instagram Wednesday night.
The actor, who also painted, has worked steadily over the decades and recently appeared as Joe in two episodes of the Netflix series Russian Doll, starring Natasha Leon.
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