Oscar-nominated actor Burt Young, best remembered for portraying Paulie in the "Rocky" series, has passed away at the age of 83, per Fox News.
The exact circumstances surrounding his death remain unclear. The New York Times reported that Young passed away on October 8 in Los Angeles.
"Burt was an actor of tremendous emotional range," his manager Lynda Bensky said in a released statement. "He could make you cry, and he could scare you to death."
Bensky continued, "But the real pathos that I experienced was the poignancy of his soul. That’s where it came from."
Young boasted over 160 roles in his illustrious career, but he was most renowned for his portrayal of Paulie, Sylvester Stallone's brother-in-law, in six installments of the "Rocky" franchise.
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Upon hearing about the loss of his former colleague last night, Stallone expressed his condolences on Instagram, penning, "To my Dear Friend, BURT YOUNG, you were an incredible man and artist, I and the World will miss you very much...RIP."
For his performance in the debut movie, he received an Academy Award nomination. Among the cast, only three actors, including Stallone, Tony Burton, and Young, consistently reprised their roles throughout the series.
Before venturing into acting, Young had completed a tour of duty with the U.S. Marines and was a passionate boxer. He honed his acting skills under the guidance of Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio.
Beyond his acting endeavors, Young was a talented painter, with his artwork showcased in galleries globally.
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