Burt Young, the acclaimed actor known for his iconic portrayal of Paulie Pennino in the “Rocky” series, has passed away at the age of 83. Although the exact cause of his demise has not been disclosed, he leaves behind his daughter Anne Morea Steingieser, brother Robert, and a beloved grandson.
Young’s illustrious career in acting was marked by early recognition, earning him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in the original “Rocky” film. Renowned for his ability to embody rugged characters, he accumulated an impressive list of credits in notable films such as “Chinatown,” “The Pope of Greenwich Village,” “Back to School,” and “Once Upon A Time in America.” Additionally, he made forays into television, making memorable appearances in shows like “M*A*S*H*,” “Baretta,” and “Miami Vice.”
The news of Young’s passing has prompted an outpouring of tributes from colleagues and fans alike. Sylvester Stallone, his close friend and co-star, paid a touching tribute on Instagram, expressing his deep loss. Stallone’s manager, Lynda Bensky, also reflected on Young’s extraordinary talent, noting his ability to evoke powerful emotions in audiences. She emphasized that it was the profound depth of his soul that truly set him apart.
Fans, too, took to social media to share their sentiments. One admirer on Twitter expressed how Young’s presence on screen was always a cause for excitement, while another highlighted his standout performance in “Rocky Balboa” as a testament to his exceptional acting abilities.
These heartfelt tributes serve as a testament to Young’s unwavering dedication to his craft. In an interview with Boxing Scene, he emphasized his commitment to giving his all to every project, regardless of its budget or scale. He approached each role with a determination to bring authenticity and depth, a sentiment that echoed in the way he approached his writing as well.
Burt Young’s passing marks the end of an era in the world of cinema. His legacy as a versatile and emotionally resonant actor will continue to be celebrated by fans and industry peers alike, ensuring that his contributions to film will be remembered for generations to come. May he find eternal peace.