Burt Young

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Burt Young
Burt Young on the set of Tom in America, New York, October 23, 2012
BornGerald Tommaso DeLouise
(1940-04-30) April 30, 1940 (age 74)
Queens, New York
OccupationActor, painter, author
Years active1970–present
Spouse(s)Gloria (?–1974; her death)
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Burt Young
Burt Young on the set of Tom in America, New York, October 23, 2012
BornGerald Tommaso DeLouise
(1940-04-30) April 30, 1940 (age 74)
Queens, New York
OccupationActor, painter, author
Years active1970–present
Spouse(s)Gloria (?–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 Sylvester Stallone's brother-in-law and best friend Paulie in the Rocky film series.

Personal life[edit]

Young was born in Queens, New York, the son of Josephine and Michael, a high school shop teacher.[1] He is of Italian descent.[2] He was trained by Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio. Young is widowed and has one daughter, Anne Morea. He lives in Port Washington, New York.


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 (1976), for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He is one of four actors (the other three being Stallone, Stu Nahan and Tony Burton) who have appeared in every Rocky film (although Talia Shire also appears in the first five films and makes a flashback appearance in the sixth).

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 a painter whose 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 historically based 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.



1970Carnival of BloodGimpyas John Harris
1971Born to WinFirst Hood
The Gang That Couldn't Shoot StraightWillie Quarequlo
1972Across 110th StreetLapides
1973Cinderella LibertyMaster at Arms
The GamblerCarmine
1975The Killer EliteMac
Murph the SurfSgt. Bernasconi
1976Harry and Walter Go to New YorkWarden Durgom
RockyPaulie PenninoNominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
1977The ChoirboysScuzzi
1978ConvoyBobby "Love Machine" Pig Pen
Uncle Joe ShannonJoe ShannonAlso writer
1979Rocky IIPaulie Pennino
1981Blood BeachSgt. Royko
...All the MarblesEddie Cisco
1982Rocky IIIPaulie Pennino
Amityville II: The PossessionAnthony Montelli
Lookin' to Get OutJerry Feldman
1984Over the Brooklyn BridgePhil
Once Upon a Time in AmericaJoe
The Pope of Greenwich VillageBed Bug Eddie
1985Rocky IVPaulie PenninoNominated – Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor
A Summer to RememberFidel Fargo
1986Back to SchoolLou
1989Going OverboardGeneral Noriega
Blood RedAndrews
Beverly Hills BratsClive
1990Last Exit to BrooklynBig Joe
Betsy's WeddingGeorgie
Wait Until Spring, BandiniRocco
Club FedWarden Boyle
Diving InCoach Mack
Backstreet DreamsLuca
Rocky VPaulie PenninoNominated – Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor
1991Bright AngelArt
Americano rossoGeorge Maniago
1992Circle of FearMancini
1992Cattive ragazze
1993Excessive ForceSal DiMarco
1995Opposite CornersDirect-to-video
1996North StarRenoDirect-to-video
1997She's So LovelyLorenzo
Kicked in the HeadJack
The DeliJC
Heaven Before I DiePollofDirect-to-video
The Undertaker's WeddingAlbertoDirect-to-video
1999Mickey Blue EyesVito Graziosi
Loser LoveSydney Delacroix
2000The FlorentineJoe McCollough
Very Mean MenDominic Piazza
Blue MoonBobby
Table OneFrankie ChipsDirect-to-video
2002The Adventures of Pluto NashGino
CheckoutUncle Louie
Kiss the BrideSanto Sposato
2003Crooked LineMike Ameche
2004The WagerJack Stockman
2005Land of PlentySherman
Carlito's Way: Rise to PowerArtie Bottolota, Sr.Direct-to-video
Shut Up and Kiss MeVincent Bublioni
2006RevoLOUtion: The Transformation of Lou BenedettiHimself
Nicky's GameLeo SingerShort film
Rocky BalboaPaulie Pennino
2007Blue Lake MassacrePops
Downtown: A Street TaleGus
Go Go TalesMurray
Oliviero RisingSantino
The HideoutMueller
Hack!J. T. BatesDirect-to-video
2008Carnera: The Walking MountainLou Serosi
2009New York, I Love YouLandlord
2010KingshighwayMario Capriolini
2011Win WinLeo Poplar
2012Asleep at the WheelJudgePre-production
2012Ci vediamo domaniMario Palagonia
2013Tom in AmericaMichaelPost-production
2014Rob the MobJoey D


1973The ConnectionErnieTV movie
1973M*A*S*H (1973)Lieutenant WillisEpisode: "L.I.P. (Local Indigenous Personnel)"
1974The Great NiagaraAce TullyTV movie
1975HustlingGustavinoTV movie
1976The Rockford FilesStuart GailyEpisode: "The Family Hour"
1975-1976BarettaJohnny Checco3 episodes
1976SerpicoAlec RosenEpisode: "The Deadly Game"
1976Woman of the YearRalph RodinoTV movie
1978Daddy, I Don't Like It Like ThisRocco AgnelliTV movie
1980Murder Can Hurt YouLt. PalumboTV movie
1983You and Me KidTV series
1984Miami ViceLupo RamirezEpisode: "Give a Little, Take a Little"
1985A Summer to RememberFidel FargoTV movie
1985The EqualizerLouie GanucciEpisode: "The Confirmation Day"
1986The New Alfred Hitchcock PresentsEd FratusEpisode 1x23, "Road Hog"
1987RoomiesNick Chase8 episodes
1992The Final ContractTV movie
1992Tales from the CryptGamblerEpisode: "Split Personality"
1993Double DeceptionZimmerTV movie
1994ColumboMo WeinbergEpisode: "Undercover"
1994Crocodile ShoesLou BenedettiTV miniseries
1995Bless This HouseMr. RivetoEpisode: "The Postman Always Moves Twice"
1996-1997Walker, Texas RangerJack "Soldier" Belmont2 episodes
1997The Last DonVirginio BallazzoTV miniseries
1997Law & OrderLewis DarnellEpisode: "Mad Dog"
1997Before Women Had WingsLouis IppolitoTV movie
1998Greener FieldsGallagherTV movie
2001The SopranosBobby "Bacala" Baccalieri, Sr.Episode: "Another Toothpick"
2002Alternate RealitiesFrankTV series
2003The HandlerDino MantoniEpisode: "Bruno Comes Back"
2009Law & Order: Special Victims UnitEddy MackEpisode: "Snatched"
2013Baciamo le mani - Palermo New York 1958Gillo DraghiTV miniseries (Italian)


Young participated in the 1984 New York City Marathon.[3]


  1. ^ Burt Young Biography – Yahoo! Movies
  2. ^ http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20071292,00.html
  3. ^ Bock, Hal (October 26, 1984). "Marathon Week can be hazardous to health". Times-News (Hendersonville, North Carolina). AP. p. 17. Retrieved January 11, 2011. 

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