Burt Young

Actor, Screenwriter, Theater director
A prolific and immediately recognizable character actor in films and television, Burt Young's half-muttered voice and flinty gaze made the world of low-rent mobsters, blue collar workers and world-weary police ... Read more »
Born: 04/29/1940 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (96)

Firedog 2014 (Movie)

(Voice)

Kingshighway 2014 (Movie)

Mario (Actor)

Mob Dot Com 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rob The Mob 2014 (Movie)

Joey D. (Actor)

Casting By 2011 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Go Go Tales 2011 (Movie)

Murray (Actor)

Win Win 2011 (Movie)

Leo Poplar (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York, I Love You 2009 (Movie)

Landlord (Actor)

Downtown: A Street Tale 2007 (Movie)

Gus (Actor)

The Hideout 2007 (Movie)

Muller (Actor)

Rocky Balboa 2006 (Movie)

Paulie (Actor)

Carlito's Way Rise To Power 2005 (Movie)

Artie, Sr. (Actor)

Land of Plenty 2005 (Movie)

Sherman (Actor)

Transamerica 2005 (Movie)

Murray (Actor)

I'm With Her 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kiss the Bride 2003 (Movie)

Santo Sposato (Actor)

The Handler 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crooked Lines 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Table One 2002 (Movie)

Frankie Chips (Actor)

The Adventures of Pluto Nash 2002 (Movie)

Gino (Actor)

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

James Caan: Making a Scene 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Moon 2000 (Movie)

Bobby (Actor)

Very Mean Men 2000 (Movie)

Dominic Piazza (Actor)

Loser Love 1999 (Movie)

Lily's Father (Actor)

Mickey Blue Eyes 1999 (Movie)

Vito Graziosi (Actor)

The Day the Ponies Come Back 1999 (Movie)

John Stoller (Actor)

The Florentine 1998 (Movie)

Joe McCollough (Actor)

Walker, Texas Ranger 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Heaven Before I Die 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Kicked in the Head 1997 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Law & Order 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mario Puzo's The Last Don 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

She's So Lovely 1997 (Movie)

Lorenzo (Actor)

The Deli 1997 (Movie)

JC (Actor)

The Mouse 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

North Star 1996 (Movie)

Reno (Actor)

Red Blooded 2 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Undertaker's Wedding 1996 (Movie)

Alberto Strachitella (Actor)

Split Personality 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Americano Rosso 1991 (Movie)

George Maniago (Actor)

Bright Angel 1991 (Movie)

Art Falcone (Actor)

Vendetta: Secrets of a Mafia Bride 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Backstreet Dreams 1990 (Movie)

Luca Garibaldi (Actor)

Betsy's Wedding 1990 (Movie)

Georgie (Actor)

Club Fed 1990 (Movie)

Warden Boyle (Actor)

Diving In 1990 (Movie)

Coach Mack (Actor)

Last Exit to Brooklyn 1990 (Movie)

Big Joe (Actor)

Rocky V 1990 (Movie)

Paulie (Actor)

Wait Until Spring, Bandini 1990 (Movie)

Rocco Saccone (Actor)

Beverly Hills Brats 1989 (Movie)

Clive (Actor)

Blood Red 1989 (Movie)

Andrews (Actor)

Going Overboard 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Medium Rare 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

Roomies 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Back to School 1986 (Movie)

Lou (Actor)

A Summer to Remember 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Rocky IV 1985 (Movie)

Paulie (Actor)

Once Upon A Time In America 1984 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Over the Brooklyn Bridge 1984 (Movie)

Phil Romano (Actor)

The Pope of Greenwich Village 1984 (Movie)

Bedbug Eddie (Actor)

M*A*S*H 1972 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Amityville II: The Possession 1982 (Movie)

Anthony Montelli (Actor)

Lookin' to Get Out 1982 (Movie)

Jerry Feldman (Actor)

Rocky III 1982 (Movie)

Paulie (Actor)

All the Marbles 1981 (Movie)

Eddie Cisco (Actor)

Blood Beach 1981 (Movie)

Sergeant Royko (Actor)

Rocky II 1979 (Movie)

Paulie (Actor)

Convoy 1978 (Movie)

Pig Pen (Actor)

Daddy, I Don't Like It Like This 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Uncle Joe Shannon 1977 (Movie)

Joe Shannon (Actor)

Harry and Walter Go to New York 1976 (Movie)

Warden Durgom (Actor)

Rocky 1976 (Movie)

Paulie (Actor)

The Choirboys 1976 (Movie)

Sergeant Dominic Scuzzi (Actor)

Twilight's Last Gleaming 1976 (Movie)

Augie Garvas (Actor)

Woman of the Year 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Chinatown 1974 (Movie)

Curly (Actor)

The Killer Elite 1974 (Movie)

Mac (Actor)

Cinderella Liberty 1973 (Movie)

Master-at-Arms (Actor)

Live a Little, Steal a Lot 1973 (Movie)

Sergeant Bernasconi (Actor)

The Connection 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gambler 1973 (Movie)

Carmine (Actor)

Before Women Had Wings (TV Show)

Actor

Bless This House (TV Show)

Actor

Columbo: Undercover (TV Show)

Actor

Double Deception (TV Show)

Actor

Greener Fields (TV Show)

Actor

Hustling (TV Show)

Actor

Murder Can Hurt You! (TV Show)

Actor

Serpico: The Deadly Game (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Niagara (TV Show)

Actor

Vendetta II: The New Mafia (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

Uncle Joe Shannon 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

A prolific and immediately recognizable character actor in films and television, Burt Young's half-muttered voice and flinty gaze made the world of low-rent mobsters, blue collar workers and world-weary police detectives his province since the early 1970s. He came to acting through Lee Strasberg and appeared on the off-Broadway stage before making the leap to film in 1970. Numerous supporting roles as losers, thugs and tough guys preceded his memorable role in "Rocky" (1976) as Sylvester Stallone's ill-mannered brother-in-law, Paulie Pennino. He would reprise the role in all of the subsequent "Rocky" sequels while enjoying turns in a wide variety of films and television series, most notably a memorable guest spot on "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007), playing a dying Mafia soldier who executes his own godson. Despite his crude onscreen persona, Young was something of a Renaissance man in private life, with several film scripts, stage plays and a novel to his name, as well as a successful second career as an artist.

Relationships

Michael Young

Father

Josephine Young

Mother

Richard Young

Son

Sheryl Clark

Companion

Anne Young

Daughter

EDUCATION

studied acting with Lee Strasberg

Milestones

2006

Reprised role of Paulie in "Rocky Balboa," the sixth film in the Rocky series

2005

Reunited with Sylvester Stallone for the reality series "The Contender"

2005

Starred opposite Felicity Huffman in the indie-drama "TransAmerica"

2000

Had recurring role in the HBO series "The Sopranos"

1999

Sixth film with Caan, "Mickey Blue Eyes"

1998

Narrated HBO documentary, "City Dump: The Story of the 1951 CCNY Basketball Scandal"

1997

Played yet another gangster in the CBS miniseries "The Last Don"

1997

Portrayed Mr. Ippolito in "Before Women Had Wings", an ABC movie aired under the banner 'Oprah Winfrey Presents'

1997

Co-starred in "She's So Lovely"

1996

Fifth film with Caan, "North Star"

1993

Reprised his role in the sequel "Vendetta II: The New Mafia" (syndicated)

1991

Appeared in the syndicated miniseries "Vendetta: Secrets of a Mafia Bride"

1990

Reteamed again with Shire as her brother in "Rocky V"

1989

Played Big Joe in "Last Exit to Brooklyn"

1988

Wrote, directed and starred in the one-man stage production "S.O.S."

1987

Created and co-starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom "Roomies"; played a forty-something former drill sergeant returing to college who rooms with a teenage genius

1986

Co-starred on stage with Robert De Niro in "Cuba and His Teddy Bear"

1985

Had a fourth go at Paulie in "Rocky IV"

1984

Portrayed Bedbug Eddie in "The Pope of Greenwich Village"

1982

Again played Paulie in "Rocky III"

1979

Reprised his role of Paulie in "Rocky II"

1978

Sole film as writer, "Uncle Joe Shannon"; also starred

1978

Wrote and starred in the CBS TV-movie "Daddy, I Don't Like It Like This"

1976

Breakthrough screen role as Talia Shire's brother in "Rocky"; received Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor

1975

Had featured role in support of Jill Clayburgh and Lee Remick in "Hustling" (ABC)

1974

Played Curly in Roman Polanski's "Chinatown"

1974

Second film with Caan, "The Gambler"

1973

Early TV-movie credit, "The Connection" (ABC)

1973

Portrayed Master-At-Arms in second feature, "Cinderella Liberty", starring James Caan

1970

Film acting debut in "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight"

1957

Served in the US Marine Corps

Worked first as a carpet cleaner, then as a carpet salesman and installer in the 1960s

Appeared as Robert Blake's brother in episodes of "Baretta" (ABC); wrote first teleplay for the series

Had recurring role on "Walker, Texas Ranger" (CBS)

Bonus Trivia

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"During rehearsal for a scene, a glass shattered on a bottle and Burt cut his wrist. He then demanded the bourbon from his trailer, poured it over his cut in a grand gesture, and then took a healthy swig himself. I called for a medic to bandage him and told him we would finish shooting tomorrow. 'No way,' Burt replied. 'I'm going to do it again now, before this thing really starts to bleed.' He then got in front of the camera and did the scene so perfectly that it is now the scene you see in the film." --Uli Edel, director of "Last Exit to Brooklyn" (from the press notes for film)

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