Burt Younger, who performed Paulie within the “Rocky” movie franchise, has died at 83.
Burt Younger, the Academy Award-nominated actor identified for his timeless function as Paulie within the “Rocky” film franchise, has died at 83, his manager confirmed to ABC News.
“Burt was an actor of tremendous emotional range. He could make you cry and he could scare you to death. But the real pathos that I experienced was the poignancy of his soul. That’s where it came from,” his manager, Lynda Bensky, said of the veteran actor in a statement.
Young died earlier this month in Los Angeles, according to the New York Times, which first reported the news.
Young had a lengthy Hollywood career that spanned six decades.
He played Curly in 1974’s “Chinatown” alongside Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston.
The same year, Young also appeared as Carmine alongside James Caan in “The Gambler,” a film that followed a professor who gets into trouble with his gambling debt.
Young took on a variety of roles on television in the 1970s, including in the 1975 TV movie “Hustling,” and 1976’s “Serpico” and “The Rockford Files.”
He was perhaps best known for his career-defining role as Paulie, the cantankerous yet lovable brother-in-law of Sylvester Stallone’s character in the “Rocky” franchise, showing in all six movies up till “Rocky Balboa” in 2006.
Younger was nominated on the 1977 Academy Awards for Greatest Actor in a Supporting Function for the primary movie.
“To my Pricey Good friend, BURT YOUNG, you have been an unbelievable man’s and artist, I and the World will miss you very a lot…RIP,” Stallone wrote on Instagram Wednesday night, reacting to the information.
Younger can also be remembered for his function within the 1978 cult-classic “Convoy,” directed by Sam Peckinpah.
The actor, who additionally painted, labored steadily over the many years and not too long ago appeared as Joe throughout two episodes of Netflix’s “Russian Doll,” starring Natasha Lyonne.
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