Bert Young, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the classic film “Rocky” and all its sequels, has died at the age of 83.
He writes The New York Times. The actor’s daughter confirmed the death, according to the newspaper.
Young himself was a former boxer, and appeared in all of the “Rocky” films with Sylvester Stallone in the lead role.
Young played Rocky Balboa’s (Stallone) brother-in-law, Paulie.
– I was at MGM (American film studio) when Sly Stallone came and introduced himself and told me that he had written the movie “Rocky.” “You have to join,” Stallone said according to Young in a 2009 interview.
Stallone posted a tribute to his friend on Instagram.
-To my dear friend Bert Young. You were an incredible man and artist. The world and I will miss you terribly. Rest in peace, writes Sly.
Young was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the movie “Rocky.”
However, “Rocky” wasn’t the only classic film in which Young starred. He also played a gangster in the film “Chinatown” with Jack Nicholson, directed by Roman Polanski.
Young had a hard time in high school and joined the US Marine Corps after lying about his age when he was under 16. Boxer while serving in Okinawa, Japan, winning 32 out of 34 fights.
He was last seen in the movie Win Win from 2011 with Paul Giamatti.
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