Actor Burt Young Who Played Paulie in ‘Rocky Films Dies at 83
that Burt Young, Rocky an actor who played a complex tough guy dies at 83. For his cause of death, last video, and family A former boxer from the streets of Queens, became a scene stealer with his portrayals of mobsters, cops, and working men with souls.
bread actor who leveraged a weary, gravitas, and bare-knuckled demeanor to build a prolific career as a Hollywood tough guy in films like Chinatown,
Burt Young a Burley, Queens, bread actor who leveraged a weary, gravitas, and Amazing acting demeanor to build a prolific career as a Hollywood tough guy in films like Chinatown Once Upon a Time in America, and most notably, Rocky, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, died in Los Angeles. His family asked for prayers during this difficult time.
Anne Maurya Steingezer. With his Bulldog build and his doleful countenance, Mr. Young has more than 160 film and television credits. He often played a mob boss, a street-smart detective, or a bedraggled working man. But even when he played a villain he was no mere heavy. Despite his background as a Marine and a professional boxer, Mr. Young completed his work.
The acting teacher Lee Strasberg,
who once coached him, called Mr. Young a library of emotions.
With his Amazing style, he found a kindred spirit in another Hollywood tough guy, the filmmaker Sam Peckinpah, who directed him in The Killer Elite, 1975, starring James Cohn and Convoys,
1978, starring Chris
Christophersen and Ali McGraw. Bert Young, who played Polly in six
of the Rocky films starring Syinvestor Stalone, drawing an Oscar nomination for supporting actor for his performance in the 1976 original, has died. His daughter, Anne Maurya Steingezer,
confirmed to The New York Times. He was 83.
Roger Ebert gave Young his props for his performance in the first Rocky film, and Bert Young as Adrian’s brother, defeated and resentful, loyal, and bitter, caring about people enough to hurt them just to draw attention to his grief.
- The New York Times,
- in an absolutely scathing, completely dismissive review of the film,
- nevertheless said, Bert Young is effective as Rocky’s best friend,
- a beer-guzzling mug. In a memorable scene in Sergio Leone’s
Once Upon a time in America, 1984,
that also featured a young Joe Peshi. Young played a hood who eats crudely and tells a very off-color story about how he got clued into a Detroit diamond shipment ripe for heisting. In another characterful turn,
in Uliadell’s 1990 film, Last Exit to Brooklyn, he played Big Joe, one of many who was thrown out of work by the strike at the heart of the movie. Young’s Bobby, a senior, who’s suffering from lung cancer, comes out of retirement after Tony gives him the job of killing Salvador, Mustang, Sally, and Intyle, but he dies after choking on blood, losing control of his car, and crashing into a signpost while leaving the scene of his final hit. He was a painter whose work appeared in galleries in Florida and New Jersey. Young’s wife, Gloria, died in 1974.
He is survived by a daughter, Anne Maurya.