Sylvester Stallone remembers his co-star in heartfelt tribute. Burt Young, best known for his role as Paulie in the Rocky series, is mourned by the film industry.

Famed Actor Burt Young Passes Away at 83

Burt Young, perhaps best remembered for his portrayal of Paulie in the Rocky films, has sadly passed away at the age of 83. His daughter announced his death to The New York Times on Wednesday, October 18. Having played the enduring character in six installments of the Rocky series, Young left an indelible mark on viewers as Balboa's steadfast companion and confidant. He was recognized for his complex portrayal of Paulie, who despite his harsh exterior, was a loyal friend and integral support in Rocky's boxing journey.

Young's role as Paulie left such an impression that he was nominated for an Oscar for his distinguished performance in the first Rocky film. He brought a depth and authenticity to Paulie that endeared him to viewers, often serving as the tough yet reliable presence in Rocky's tumultuous life.

In response to the disheartening news, Sylvester Stallone, who portrayed the iconic Rocky Balboa, took to social media to express his grief over the loss of his close friend and longtime coworker. Stallone remembered Young as an incredible human and exceptional artist, stating that he will be deeply missed by him and by fans worldwide.

Born in New York City, Young embarked on his acting journey in 1969 with a role in "The Doctors." He soon carved a niche for himself in the film industry, playing hard-edged Italian-American characters. Besides the Rocky series, Young showcased his exceptional acting skills in films such as "Chinatown," "Convoy," "Once Upon a Time in America," "Last Exit to Brooklyn," and "Downtown: A Street Tale." His remarkable career wasn't confined to the big screen. Television fans may recall him from shows like "Law & Order," "M*A*S*H," "Miami Vice," and his guest appearance in "The Sopranos."

News of Young's demise sparked sorrow and admiration on social media among actors who had the fortune to work with him. Actress Diane Franklin, who acted alongside Young in "Amityville II: The Possession," praised him as a beautiful, funny, talented man with a profound soul, expressing her deep sorrow over his passing. In addition, actor and fellow friend James Woods commented on Young's unique authenticity, stating that his performances were so potent that it was impossible to envision anyone else in his roles. Woods specifically mentioned their shared experience in the film "Once Upon a Time in America" and an independent film, “Kicked in the Head.”

As the entertainment industry mourns the loss of one of its seasoned champions, we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family in this difficult time. His vast body of work, the profound impact he had on his coworkers, and his undeniable talent serve as poignant reminders of the remarkable actor and man Burt Young was. His legacy in film and television will undoubtedly continue to influence and inspire future generations.

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