published : 2023-10-19

Burt Young, 'Rocky' actor, dead at 83

Actor Burt Young died at the age of 83

Burt Young smiling during a scene from the movie 'Rocky', taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Burt Young, the Oscar-nominated actor known for his role as Paulie in 'Rocky,' has died. His cause of death was not immediately known. According to the New York Times, Young died on Oct. 8 in Los Angeles.

"Burt was an actor of tremendous emotional range," his manager Lynda Bensky said in a statement. "He could make you cry and he could scare you to death."

Sylvester Stallone and Burt Young in a candid moment on the set of 'Rocky IV', taken with a Nikon D850

Young had more than 160 credits to his name, but was best known for playing Sylvester Stallone's brother-in-law Paulie in six of the 'Rocky' movies. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the first film, and was one of three actors to reprise roles throughout the franchise, including Stallone and Tony Burton.

Young was also known for working alongside Jack Nicholson in 'Chinatown' and with Rodney Dangerfield in 'Back to School.'

Burt Young showcasing his painting at an art gallery opening, taken with a Sony A7 III

Besides his acting career, Young served a tour of duty in the US Marines and was an avid boxer. He trained through Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio.

In addition to acting, Young was passionate about painting and had artwork in galleries worldwide.