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Burt Young on the set of Tom in America in New York on October 23, 2012
Gerald Tommaso DeLouise|
April 30, 1940 (age 81)
Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, painter, author|
(m. ?–1974; her death)
Gerald Tommaso DeLouise (born April 30, 1940), better known by his stage name Burt Young, is an American actor, painter and author. He is best known for his Academy Award–nominated role as Rocky Balboa's brother-in-law and best friend Paulie Pennino in the Rocky film series. He also had praised roles in The Gambler, Chinatown, Uncle Joe Shannon, Back to School, Once Upon a Time in America, and Convoy.
Young was born in Queens, New York, the son of Josephine and Michael, a high school shop teacher. He is of Italian descent. He was trained by Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio. Young is a widower and has one daughter, Anne Morea. He lives in Port Washington, New York. Young served a tour of duty in the United States Marine Corps from 1957 to 1959.
Young made his name playing rough-edged working class Italian-American characters, the best-known example being his signature role as Rocky Balboa's friend (and future brother-in-law) Paulie in Rocky (1976), for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He is one of four actors (the other three being Sylvester Stallone, Stu Nahan and Tony Burton) who have appeared in all of the first six Rocky films (although Talia Shire also appears in the first five films and makes a flashback appearance in the sixth). Young did not reprise his role in the 2015 film Creed, with the character having died in 2012.
He has played similar roles in Chinatown, Convoy, Back to School, The Pope of Greenwich Village, Once Upon a Time in America, Last Exit to Brooklyn, Downtown: A Street Tale, and even a brutal and darker role in Amityville II: The Possession. Young has also appeared in many television programs, including The Rockford Files, Baretta, Law & Order, Walker, Texas Ranger, M*A*S*H, guest-starred in a Miami Vice episode, and made an appearance on The Sopranos ("Another Toothpick") as Bobby Baccalieri's father, who is dying of cancer and comes out of retirement to execute a hit on his godson.
Young is also a painter; his art has been displayed in galleries throughout the world. As an artist, he has collaborated with the writer Gabriele Tinti, for whom he designed the cover for the poetry collection All over, as well as contributing the illustrations for the art book A man. Young is also a published author whose works include two filmed screenplays and a 400-page historical novel called Endings.
He has 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.
In 2017, Burt Young returned to the stage as an aged mob boss in The Last Vig, a play written by Dave Varriale. The show ran from January 14 to February 19, 2017, at The Zephyr Theatre in Los Angeles.
|1970||Carnival of Blood||Gimpy||as John Harris|
|1971||Born to Win||First Hood|
|The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight||Willie Quarequlo|
|1972||Across 110th Street||Lapides|
|1973||Cinderella Liberty||Master at Arms|
|1975||The Killer Elite||Mac|
|Live A Little, Steal A Lot||Sgt. Bernasconi|
|1976||Harry and Walter Go to New York||Warden Durgom|
|Rocky||Paulie Pennino||Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|1978||Convoy||Bobby "Love Machine" Pig Pen|
|Uncle Joe Shannon||Joe Shannon||Also writer|
|1979||Rocky II||Paulie Pennino|
|1981||Blood Beach||Sgt. Royko|
|...All the Marbles||Eddie Cisco|
|1982||Rocky III||Paulie Pennino|
|Amityville II: The Possession||Anthony Montelli|
|Lookin' to Get Out||Jerry Feldman|
|1984||Over the Brooklyn Bridge||Phil|
|Once Upon a Time in America||Joe|
|The Pope of Greenwich Village||Bed Bug Eddie|
|1985||Rocky IV||Paulie Pennino||Nominated – Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor|
|A Summer to Remember||Fidel Fargo|
|1986||Back to School||Lou|
|1989||Going Overboard||General Noriega|
|Beverly Hills Brats||Clive|
|1990||Last Exit to Brooklyn||Big Joe|
|Wait Until Spring, Bandini||Rocco|
|Club Fed||Warden Boyle|
|Diving In||Coach Mack|
|Rocky V||Paulie Pennino||Nominated – Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor|
|Red American||George Maniago|
|1992||Circle of Fear||Mancini|
|1993||Excessive Force||Sal DiMarco|
|1997||She's So Lovely||Lorenzo|
|Kicked in the Head||Jack|
|Heaven Before I Die||Pollof||Direct-to-video|
|The Good Life||Jimmy||Never released|
|The Undertaker's Wedding||Alberto||Direct-to-video|
|1999||Mickey Blue Eyes||Vito Graziosi|
|Loser Love||Sydney Delacroix|
|2000||The Florentine||Joe McCollough|
|Very Mean Men||Dominic Piazza|
|Table One||Frankie Chips||Direct-to-video|
|2002||The Adventures of Pluto Nash||Gino|
|Kiss the Bride||Santo Sposato|
|2003||Crooked Line||Mike Ameche|
|2004||The Wager||Jack Stockman|
|2005||Land of Plenty||Sherman|
|Carlito's Way: Rise to Power||Artie Bottolota, Sr.||Direct-to-video|
|Shut Up and Kiss Me||Vincent Bublioni|
|2006||RevoLOUtion: The Transformation of Lou Benedetti||Himself|
|Nicky's Game||Leo Singer||Short film|
|Rocky Balboa||Paulie Pennino|
|2007||Blue Lake Massacre||Pops|
|Downtown: A Street Tale||Gus|
|Go Go Tales||Murray|
|Hack!||J. T. Bates||Direct-to-video|
|2008||Carnera: The Walking Mountain||Lou Serosi|
|2009||New York, I Love You||Landlord|
|2011||Win Win||Leo Poplar|
|2012||Asleep at the Wheel||Judge||Pre-production|
|2013||See You Tomorrow||Mario Palagonia|
|2013||Tom in America||Michael|
|2014||Rob the Mob||Joey D|
|1969||The Doctors||Bartender||Episode #1785 10/10/1969|
|1973||The Connection||Ernie||TV movie|
|1973||M*A*S*H (1973)||Lieutenant Willis||Episode: "L.I.P. (Local Indigenous Personnel)"|
|1974||The Great Niagara||Ace Tully||TV movie|
|1976||The Rockford Files||Stuart Gaily||Episode: "The Family Hour"|
|1975–1976||Baretta||Johnny Checco||3 episodes|
|1976||Serpico||Alec Rosen||Episode: "The Deadly Game"|
|1976||Woman of the Year||Ralph Rodino||TV movie|
|1978||Daddy, I Don't Like It Like This||Rocco Agnelli||TV movie|
|1980||Murder Can Hurt You||Lt. Palumbo||TV movie|
|1983||You and Me Kid||TV series|
|1984||Miami Vice||Lupo Ramirez||Episode: "Give a Little, Take a Little"|
|1985||A Summer to Remember||Fidel Fargo||TV movie|
|1985||The Equalizer||Louie Ganucci||Episode: "The Confirmation Day"|
|1986||The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Ed Fratus||Episode 1x23, "Road Hog"|
|1987||Roomies||Nick Chase||8 episodes|
|1990||Vendetta: Secrets of a Mafia Bride||Vincent Dominici||TV miniseries|
|1992||The Final Contract||TV movie|
|1992||Tales from the Crypt||Gambler||Episode: "Split Personality"|
|1993||Double Deception||Zimmer||TV movie|
|1994||Columbo||Mo Weinberg||Episode: "Undercover"|
|1994||Crocodile Shoes||Lou Benedetti||TV miniseries|
|1995||Bless This House||Mr. Riveto||Episode: "The Postman Always Moves Twice"|
|1996–1997||Walker, Texas Ranger||Jack "Soldier" Belmont||2 episodes|
|1997||The Last Don||Virginio Ballazzo||TV miniseries|
|1997||Law & Order||Lewis Darnell||Episode: "Mad Dog"|
|1997||Before Women Had Wings||Louis Ippolito||TV movie|
|1997||The Outer Limits||Captain Parker||Episode: "Tempests"|
|1998||Greener Fields||Gallagher||TV movie|
|2001||The Sopranos||Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri, Sr.||Episode: "Another Toothpick"|
|2002||Alternate Realities||Frank||TV series|
|2003||The Handler||Dino Mantoni||Episode: "Bruno Comes Back"|
|2009||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Eddy Mack||Episode: "Snatched"|
|2013||Baciamo le mani - Palermo New York 1958||Gillo Draghi||TV miniseries (Italian)|
|2016||Horace and Pete||Horace Sr.||Web miniseries, Episode #1.10|
Young participated in the 1984 New York City Marathon.
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- Burt Young Biography – Yahoo! Movies Archived January 7, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- Lester, Peter (July 17, 1978). "Actor-Writer Burt Young Has An Ex-Pug's Mug, but He Can Knock Out Scripts in Three Weeks". People. http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20071292,00.html.
- Klugman, Deborah (January 20, 2017). "Rocky Star But Young Takes the Stage as an Aging Mobster With a Problem". Voice Media Group. http://www.laweekly.com/arts/rocky-star-burt-young-takes-the-stage-as-an-aging-mobster-with-a-problem-7823610. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
- "The wild, untold story of The Good Life". Little White Lies. February 11, 2017. http://lwlies.com/articles/the-good-life-sylvester-stallone-dennis-hopper/. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
- Bock, Hal (October 26, 1984). "Marathon Week can be hazardous to health". Hendersonville, North Carolina. p. 17. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=O5IbAAAAIBAJ&sjid=RU4EAAAAIBAJ&pg=5808%2C8680238. Retrieved January 11, 2011.
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