Oscar nominated Rocky actor Burt Young dies

Hollywood actor Burt Young, best known for his role in the Rocky movies, has died aged 83.

Young was nominated at the Oscars for his role as Paulie in the legendary Rocky film series opposite Sylvester Stallone.

Young passed away on October 8th in Los Angeles, his daughter, Anne Morea Steingieser, told the New York Times on Wednesday.

Born Gerald Tommaso DeLouise in New York City, Young went on to build a successful career playing tough but lovable Italian-American characters across both television and film.

He was best remembered for his role in the original 1976 Rocky film, playing Paulie Pennino, an alcoholic butcher who befriended Stallone’s lead character, Rocky Balboa.

The beloved role earned the star an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor, which marked one of ten nominations for the classic movie.

“I made him a rough guy with a sensitivity,” he said at the time regarding how he decided to play the role. “He’s really a marshmallow, even though he yells a lot.”

Young also reprised the character role in all six of the original Rocky sequels, and became beloved among fans.

The Oscar-nominated actor also made numerous guest appearances on television shows in America, including stints in M*A*S*H, The Rockford Files, Baretta and Law & Order.

His other film credits included Chinatown, The Pope of Greenwich Village and Once Upon a Time in America.

Young also dabbled in theatre, including a starring role alongside legendary stars Robert De Niro and Ralph Macchio in Cuba and His Teddy Bear.

He eventually went on to retire from acting, after which he ventured into a new career entirely during his later years. The former actor eventually made a name for himself as a painter, with his works displayed in galleries around the world.

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