Burt Young Dies: Remembering The Oscar-Nominated ‘Rocky’ Star
Burt Young, known for his iconic role in ‘Rocky’ and his Academy Award nomination, has sadly left us at the age of 83. This Hollywood tough guy’s career was celebrated, and he will be remembered for his contributions to film.
Early Life and Boxing Career
Born in Queens, New York, on April 30, 1940, Burt Young was originally named Gerald Tommaso DeLouise. He discovered his passion for boxing during his time in the Marine Corps, where he achieved a record of 17-1 in the ring.
A Versatile Resume
Young’s impressive career spanned more than 160 film and television roles. He showcased his talents in various works, including memorable appearances in ‘Chinatown,’ ‘Once Upon a Time in America,’ and ‘The Pope of Greenwich Village.’
From Boxer to Actor
Transitioning from his boxing career, Young found his way into Hollywood. He trained under the legendary manager Cus D’Amato and later pursued acting. His remarkable journey took him from the boxing ring to the silver screen.
Rocky: A Career Highlight
Young’s breakout rolecame in the iconic film ‘Rocky,’ where he portrayed the character Paulie. His portrayal of the butcher and brother of Adrian (Talia Shire) contributed significantly to the success of the film, which received 10 Academy Award nominations and won three Oscars, including Best Picture.
Legacy and Friendship
Sylvester Stallone, the creator and star of ‘Rocky,’ fondly remembered Young, saying, “You were an incredible man and artist. I and the world will miss you very much.” Burt Young’s legacy in the world of cinema will be cherished for generations to come.
Personal Life and Loss
Young is survived by his daughter, Anne Morea Steingieser, his brother, Robert, and a grandson. He tragically lost his wife, Gloria, in 1974. The cause and location of his passing, which occurred on October 8 in Los Angeles, remain undisclosed.
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