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Burt Young
Burt Young on the set of Tom in America in New York on October 23, 2012
Born Gerald Tommaso DeLouise[1]
April 30, 1940(1940-04-30) (age 81)
Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, painter, author
Years active 1970–present
Spouse(s) Gloria Young
(m. ?–1974; her death)

Gerald Tommaso DeLouise (born April 30, 1940), better known by his stage name Burt Young,[1] 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.

Personal life[]

Young was born in Queens, New York, the son of Josephine and Michael, a high school shop teacher.[2] He is of Italian descent.[3] 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.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
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
1974 Chinatown Curly
The Gambler Carmine
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
1977 The Choirboys Scuzzi
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
Blood Red Andrews
Beverly Hills Brats Clive
1990 Last Exit to Brooklyn Big Joe
Betsy's Wedding Georgie
Wait Until Spring, Bandini Rocco
Club Fed Warden Boyle
Diving In Coach Mack
Backstreet Dreams Luca
Rocky V Paulie Pennino Nominated – Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor
1991 Bright Angel Art
Red American George Maniago
1992 Circle of Fear Mancini
1992 Cattive ragazze
1993 Excessive Force Sal DiMarco
1995 Opposite Corners Direct-to-video
1996 North Star Reno Direct-to-video
1997 She's So Lovely Lorenzo
Kicked in the Head Jack
The Deli JC
Heaven Before I Die Pollof Direct-to-video
The Good Life Jimmy Never released[5]
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
Blue Moon Bobby
Table One Frankie Chips Direct-to-video
2002 The Adventures of Pluto Nash Gino
Checkout Uncle Louie
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
Transamerica Murray
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
Oliviero Rising Santino
The Hideout Mueller
Hack! J. T. Bates Direct-to-video
2008 Carnera: The Walking Mountain Lou Serosi
2009 New York, I Love You Landlord
2010 Kingshighway Mario Capriolini
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
2017 The Neighborhood Jingles


Year Title Role Notes
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
1975 Hustling Gustavino 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.[6]


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