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Burt Young

Burt Young (born April 30, 1940 in Queens, New York) is an American actor, painter and author. Born Jerry De Louise to an Italian family in Queens, New York, Young was trained by Lee Strasberg at the world-famous Actor's Studio.


Young made his name playing rough-edged, working class Italian-American characters, the best known example being his signature role, as Sylvester Stallone's brother-in-law Paulie in Rocky, in 1976, for which he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar. He is one of four actors (Sylvester Stallone, Tony Burton, Stu Nahan) who have appeared in every Rocky film.
He has played similar roles in Chinatown, Convoy, The Pope of Greenwich Village, Once Upon A Time In America, and Last Exit to Brooklyn. Young has also appeared in many television programs, including Baretta, Law & Order, M*A*S*H and a highly memorable appearance on The Sopranos as an old mobster dying with cancer who comes out of retirement to execute a hit on a godson who he hates
Young is a published author whose works include two filmed screenplays and 400-page historically-based novel called Endings. He has also written two stage plays: SOS and A Letter to Alicia and the New York City Government From a Man With a Bullet in His Head.