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Also Known As: Died:
Born: April 30, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, theater director, boxer, carpet salesman, truck driver, restaurateur, carpet cleaner

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A prolific and immediately recognizable character actor in films and television, Burt Young's half-muttered voice and flinty gaze made the world of low-rent mobsters, blue collar workers and world-weary police detectives his province since the early 1970s. He came to acting through Lee Strasberg and appeared on the off-Broadway stage before making the leap to film in 1970. Numerous supporting roles as losers, thugs and tough guys preceded his memorable role in "Rocky" (1976) as Sylvester Stallone's ill-mannered brother-in-law, Paulie Pennino. He would reprise the role in all of the subsequent "Rocky" sequels while enjoying turns in a wide variety of films and television series, most notably a memorable guest spot on "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007), playing a dying Mafia soldier who executes his own godson. Despite his crude onscreen persona, Young was something of a Renaissance man in private life, with several film scripts, stage plays and a novel to his name, as well as a successful second career as an artist.

A prolific and immediately recognizable character actor in films and television, Burt Young's half-muttered voice and flinty gaze made the world of low-rent mobsters, blue collar workers and world-weary police detectives his province since the early 1970s. He came to acting through Lee Strasberg and appeared on the off-Broadway stage before making the leap to film in 1970. Numerous supporting roles as losers, thugs and tough guys preceded his memorable role in "Rocky" (1976) as Sylvester Stallone's ill-mannered brother-in-law, Paulie Pennino. He would reprise the role in all of the subsequent "Rocky" sequels while enjoying turns in a wide variety of films and television series, most notably a memorable guest spot on "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007), playing a dying Mafia soldier who executes his own godson. Despite his crude onscreen persona, Young was something of a Renaissance man in private life, with several film scripts, stage plays and a novel to his name, as well as a successful second career as an artist.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Rob the Mob (2014)
2.
 Casting By (2013)
3.
 Win Win (2011)
4.
5.
 Go Go Tales (2007)
6.
 Hideout, The (2007)
7.
 Rocky Balboa (2006)
10.
 Transamerica (2005)
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Milestones close milestones

1957:
Served in the US Marine Corps
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Worked first as a carpet cleaner, then as a carpet salesman and installer in the 1960s
1971:
Film acting debut in "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight"
1973:
Portrayed Master-At-Arms in second feature, "Cinderella Liberty", starring James Caan
1973:
Early TV-movie credit, "The Connection" (ABC)
1974:
Played Curly in Roman Polanski's "Chinatown"
1974:
Second film with Caan, "The Gambler"
:
Appeared as Robert Blake's brother in episodes of "Baretta" (ABC); wrote first teleplay for the series
1975:
Had featured role in support of Jill Clayburgh and Lee Remick in "Hustling" (ABC)
1976:
Breakthrough screen role as Talia Shire's brother in "Rocky"; received Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor
1978:
Wrote and starred in the CBS TV-movie "Daddy, I Don't Like It Like This"
1978:
Sole film as writer, "Uncle Joe Shannon"; also starred
1979:
Reprised his role of Paulie in "Rocky II"
1982:
Again played Paulie in "Rocky III"
1984:
Portrayed Bedbug Eddie in "The Pope of Greenwich Village"
1985:
Had a fourth go at Paulie in "Rocky IV"
1986:
Co-starred on stage with Robert De Niro in "Cuba and His Teddy Bear"
1987:
Created and co-starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom "Roomies"; played a forty-something former drill sergeant returing to college who rooms with a teenage genius
1988:
Wrote, directed and starred in the one-man stage production "S.O.S."
1989:
Played Big Joe in "Last Exit to Brooklyn"
1990:
Reteamed again with Shire as her brother in "Rocky V"
1991:
Appeared in the syndicated miniseries "Vendetta: Secrets of a Mafia Bride"
1993:
Reprised his role in the sequel "Vendetta II: The New Mafia" (syndicated)
1996:
Fifth film with Caan, "North Star"
:
Had recurring role on "Walker, Texas Ranger" (CBS)
1997:
Co-starred in "She's So Lovely"
1997:
Played yet another gangster in the CBS miniseries "The Last Don"
1997:
Portrayed Mr. Ippolito in "Before Women Had Wings", an ABC movie aired under the banner 'Oprah Winfrey Presents'
1998:
Narrated HBO documentary, "City Dump: The Story of the 1951 CCNY Basketball Scandal"
1999:
Sixth film with Caan, "Mickey Blue Eyes"
2000:
Had recurring role in the HBO series "The Sopranos"
2005:
Reunited with Sylvester Stallone for the reality series "The Contender"
2005:
Starred opposite Felicity Huffman in the indie-drama "TransAmerica"
2006:
Reprised role of Paulie in "Rocky Balboa," the sixth film in the Rocky series
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Notes

"During rehearsal for a scene, a glass shattered on a bottle and Burt cut his wrist. He then demanded the bourbon from his trailer, poured it over his cut in a grand gesture, and then took a healthy swig himself. I called for a medic to bandage him and told him we would finish shooting tomorrow. 'No way,' Burt replied. 'I'm going to do it again now, before this thing really starts to bleed.' He then got in front of the camera and did the scene so perfectly that it is now the scene you see in the film." --Uli Edel, director of "Last Exit to Brooklyn" (from the press notes for film)

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companion:
Sheryl Clark. Dermatologist.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Michael Young.
mother:
Josephine Young.
son:
Richard Young.
daughter:
Anne Susan Young. Actor.
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