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Hollywood Mourns The Loss Of Rocky’s Iconic Tough Guy, Burt Young

Hollywood Mourns The Loss Of Rocky’s Iconic Tough Guy

In a somber moment for the entertainment world, Burt Young, renowned for his portrayal of tough characters in films, including his unforgettable role in the beloved boxing classic Rocky, passed away on October 8th in Los Angeles. He was 83 years old, and although the precise cause and location of his death have not been disclosed, the news was confirmed by his daughter, Anne Morea Steingieser, according to the New York Times.

Young’s illustrious career spanned over 160 film and television credits, where he left an indelible mark with roles in prominent productions such as Chinatown, Once Upon a Time in America, and The Pope of Greenwich Village. A former Marine and professional boxer, Young’s rugged appearance became his signature, propelling him to a longstanding career in the glitzy world of Hollywood.

His talents extended to the small screen, gracing television screens with appearances in acclaimed series like M*A*S*H*. On the silver screen, he made his mark in iconic films such as The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight (1971), Cinderella Liberty (1973), Back to School (1986), and Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989).

However, it was his role as Paulie in Rocky, alongside Stallone, that truly catapulted him to stardom. Playing the role of Adrian’s (Talia Shire) brother, Young’s character evolved as the film progressed, and he introduced Rocky to the unconventional training method of punching sides of beef.

His outstanding performance in the film earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, in a movie that received ten Academy Award nominations and clinched three Oscars, including the coveted Best Picture.

Born with the name Burt Young on April 30, 1940, in Queens, New York, he embarked on a boxing career during his time in the Marine Corps, training under the legendary Cus D’Amato and amassing a record of 17-1 in the ring.

Later, fate intervened, and he arranged a pivotal meeting for a woman who aspired to meet the renowned acting teacher Lee Strasberg. This encounter ignited his own passion, leading him to study under Strasberg for two transformative years.

Burt Young is survived by his daughter, Anne Morea Steingieser, along with a brother, Robert, and a grandson. His wife, Gloria, passed away in 1974.

As Hollywood and fans around the world mourn the loss of this iconic tough guy, Burt Young’s legacy endures through his unforgettable contributions to the entertainment industry. His performances and unique journey will forever be etched in the annals of cinematic history.

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Ankita Tripathy

Ankita Tripathy loves to write about food and the Hallyu Wave in particular. During her free time, she enjoys looking at the sky or reading books while sipping a cup of hot coffee. Her favourite niches are food, music, lifestyle, travel, and Korean Pop music and drama.

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