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.
The "Thug" is the character type this actor often portrays. Young is best remembered for his role as Sylvester Stallone's brother-in-law, Paulie, in ROCKY; (1976), for which Burt Young earned an Oscar nomination). Young went on and portrayed this same character in the four ROCKY sequels.
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Burt is best known for his role as "Paulie" in all six Rocky films. He has also appeared in several other films, including Across 110th Street, Chinatown, Back To School, Convoy, Going Overboard, and Amityville II: The Possession.
The actor Burt Young, who has been in nearly 100 movies but is best known for playing Paulie, the grumpy brother of Talia Shire in the original Rocky movie and four Rocky sequels, was sitting in a booth at Bravo Gianni on East 63rd Street, where he’s a regular.