Apr. 30th, 1940
New York City, New York, USA
Burt Young's Main TV Roles
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Burly, talented character actor who has remained consistently busy playing "rough at the edge" type characters, often on the wrong side of the law. Young was born Jerry De Louise on April 30 1940 in New York City, where he received his dramatic arts training under legendary acting coach Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio.
Young first gathered notice playing tough thugs in such films as The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight (1971), Across 110th Street (1972), Chinatown (1974) and The Gambler (1974). Fiery director Sam Peckinpah cast Young as the getaway driver / assassin, "Mac", in The Killer Elite (1975), and Young came to the attention of newcomer Sylvester Stallone, who cast him as future brother-in-law 'Paulie' in the 1976 sleeper hit Rocky (1976). The talented Young was nominated for an Oscar, and has gone on to reprise the role in all five "Rocky" sequels to date! Peckinpah re-hired him to play renegade trucker "Pigpen" in the moderately successful Convoy (1978) (watch for "Pigpen's" Mack truck where the writing on the door states "Paulie Hauling"!).
Young has also appeared in numerous other major productions, including Once Upon a Time in America (1984), The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984), Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989), Mickey Blue Eyes (1999) and The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002).
- Was considered for the role of Sonny Corleone in _The Godfather (1972)_ (qv).
- Served in U.S. Marines from 1957 to 1959.
- In 1980 he guest-starred in a TV movie called _Murder Can Hurt You (1980) (TV)_ (qv), a spoof on popular detective shows, in which he played "Lt. Palumbo"; ironically, 14 years later he appeared in a serious role in _Columbo: Undercover (1994) (TV)_ (qv).
- Has a daughter: Anne Morea (b. 1969)
- Along with 'Sylvester Stallone' (qv) and 'Tony Burton (I)' (qv), he is the only other actor to have appeared in all six 'Rocky' movies.
- Used to be a boxer.
- Is Italian/American
- Owns a restaurant in The Bronx, New York City.