• Burt Young is a veteran Italian-American actor, best known for his role in "Rocky" as Paulie Pennino
• Born as Richard Morea in Queens, New York City in 1940
• Received acting training at the Actor’s Studio
• Career spans more than five decades, including roles in "Rocky", "The Killer Elite", "The Gambler", "Miami Vice", and "Law and Order"
• Net worth of $2 million in 2020

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthApril 30, 1940
SpouseGloria DeLouise
FactDid 4 movies in 4 consecutive years with James Caan. Cinderella Liberty(1973), The Gambler (1974), The Killer Elite (1975) and Harry and Walter Go To New York (1976). These were some of Burt Young's first roles, before famously playing Pauly in Rocky (1976). They would eventually work together again 20 years later in The North Star (1996).

Burt Young is a veteran Italian-American actor, who was nominated as the best supporting actor for his iconic role in “Rocky” as ‘Balboa’s’ brother-in-law Paulie Pennino. Burt has starred in all the “Rocky” films, as well as numerous other roles. The actor is still alive, having celebrated his 80th birthday quite recently, and his latest role was in the 2019 film “Vault”. He also has a recurring role in the series “Russian Doll”. Despite being one of Hollywood’s most iconic actors, there are plenty of mysteries that are not widely known about Burt.

Read on to find out everything there is to know about him.

Early life and family

Burt was born in Queens, New York City, USA, on 30 April in 1940. When he began acting he adopted the stage name Burt Young, but was born as Richard Morea to his parents Micheal and Josephine Morea.

His father was a teacher who taught Industrial Arts and is of Italian descent. At the age of 15, Burt dropped out of high school to join the US Marine Corps, serving from 1955 to 1957.

Educational background

Although Burt did not finish his educational career, he did at a later point in his life receive training as an actor at the Actor’s Studio, studying dramatic arts under the iconic acting coach Lee Strasberg.

It started as an initiative to impress a young girl that Burt liked, but after Lee agreed to coach him, Burt’s career in acting took shape.


Burt is a veteran actor who started his career in 1969, and has kept going now for more than five decades, making him a true veteran of the arts. Other than acting, Burt is also a painter and author, with several published works.

Burt’s first role was a small part as a bartender in the soap opera series “The Doctors”. Following this in his continued pursuit of the art, Burt landed a role in the 1970 film “Carnival of Blood”. The roles did not stream in after this, but Burt continued to gain publicity as the years moved on, and had numerous roles throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Some of his most iconic work during his early career includes of course the “Rocky” series of films.

He also played in memorable films that include among many “The Killer Elite”, “The Gambler”, and “A Summer to Remember”.

His television credits include appearances in shows such as “Miami Vice” and “Airwolf”. His later appearances in television shows of the ‘90s and the twenty-first century include “Law and Order”, “Walker Texas Ranger”, “The Sopranos”, “The Handler” and many more.

Burt’s film credits in most recent years are a long list, but some of the more iconic titles include “The Adventures of Pluto Nash”, “Win, Win”, and “The Neighborhood”.

Burt Young

His most recent film features include “Road to Lemon Grove”, “The Brawler” and “Vault”.

Burt has showcased more than 800 paintings in galleries across the globe. His Port Washington home is decorated with several paintings of his own, all depicting memories and moments of his life. He also exhibits some of his work on a website dedicated to himself.

He is also a published author and screenplay writer; some of his work include “Uncle Joe Shannon”, in which he starred in the titular role, and the script for the film “Daddy, I Don’t Like This”, in which he also appeared a himself.

Burt has also starred in a few stage plays, including one alongside Robert De Niro entitled “Cuba and His Teddy Bear”. Others include “A Letter To Alicia”.

At one point he owned a restaurant in The Bronx, New York City, but when and what are unknown.

Hobbies, favourite things and interesting facts

Before making it as an actor, Burt had been a professional boxer, having 14 fights and winning all of them – why he retired isn’t known, but maybe acting called! He also worked as a carpet cleaner, salesman and installer.

Sylvester Stallone gave him a Cartier watch made of gold as a gift for his participation in the “Rocky” films, which Burt still wears to this day. Burt is also a philanthropist, who raised money for charity in boxing ‘fights’ with the legendary Muhammad Ali.


Burt married Gloria DeLouise in 1961, but his wife of 13 years sadly passed away in 1974. He has one child with Gloria, Anne Morea, and it’s not known if he remarried. Burt is the grand-father to Anne’s only child, but his/her identity hasn’t been disclosed.

Physical characteristics

  • Date of Birth: 30 April 1940
  • Hair colour: Dark Brown/ Grey and Balding
  • Eye colour: Brown
  • Height:  5ft 8ins (1.76m)
  • Weight: 180lbs (82 kgs)
  • Shoe Size: Unknown
  • Star Sign: Taurus
  • Nationality: Italian-American
  • Ethnicity: Italian

Net worth

Burt Young’s net worth accumulated over all the years of his long career amounts to an estimated total of $2 million as of 2020.

General Info

Full NameBurt Young
Date Of BirthApril 30, 1940
Height1.73 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Author, Actor, Painter


SpouseGloria DeLouise
ChildrenAnne Morea
ParentsMichael DeLouise, Josephine DeLouise


NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
MoviesRocky, Rocky Balboa, Rocky IV, Rocky III, Rocky II, Rocky V, Once Upon a Time in America, Amityville II: The Possession, Convoy, The Pope of Greenwich Village, Back to School, Mickey Blue Eyes, The Killer Elite, Last Exit to Brooklyn, Chinatown, Win Win, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Rob the Mob, Th...
TV ShowsL'onore e il rispetto, Crocodile Shoes

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1"I enjoyed playing around with that guy, and it was a pleasure every three, four years, coming back seeing how the wardrobe is. Is he heavy? Is he thin? I had fun." - BY, on playing Paulie in the Rocky films.
2It was people standing up, not even winning, just standing up, and it became a delicate love story with two pretty weak people making one whole person, meaning Sylvester and Talia (Shire)." BY, reassessing the success of "Rocky


1In 2017 he will return to the stage as an aging mob boss in "The Last Vig," a new play that is scheduled to run from January 14 - February 19, 2017, at The Zephyr Theatre in Los Angeles.
2Is the only actor to have been recognized by the Stinkers Bad Movie Awards in both their first year (1978) and last year (2006).
3Did 4 movies in 4 consecutive years with James Caan. Cinderella Liberty(1973), The Gambler (1974), The Killer Elite (1975) and Harry and Walter Go To New York (1976). These were some of Burt Young's first roles, before famously playing Pauly in Rocky (1976). They would eventually work together again 20 years later in The North Star (1996).
4The film Tom in America (2014) marks the first time Young has played a gay man in his career.
5Along with Sylvester Stallone and Tony Burton, he is the only other actor to have appeared in all six 'Rocky' movies.
6Used to be a boxer.
7Jobs worked during his salad days were as a carpet cleaner, salesman and installer.
8Served in U.S. Marines from 1957 to 1959.
9Sylvester Stallone gave Young an inscribed gold Cartier watch in the 1990s, which he still wears.
10Is Italian/American
11In 1980 he guest-starred in a TV movie called Murder Can Hurt You! (1980), 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).




The Rockford Files1976TV SeriesStuart Gaily
Baretta1975-1976TV SeriesJohnny Checco / Solomon / Willy
Woman of the Year1976TV MovieRalph Rodino
Harry and Walter Go to New York1976Warden Durgom
Serpico1976TV SeriesAlec Rosen
The Killer Elite1975Mac
Murph the Surf1975Sgt. Bernasconi
Hustling1975TV MovieGustavino
The Gambler1974Carmine
The Great Niagara1974TV MovieAce Tully
Cinderella Liberty1973Master at Arms
M*A*S*H1973TV SeriesLt. Willis
The Connection1973TV MovieErnie
Across 110th Street1972Lapides
The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight1971Willie Quarequlo
Born to Win1971First Hood
Carnival of Blood1970Gimpy (as John Harris)
The Doctors1969TV SeriesBartender
King Rat2017post-productionArt Stillman
Sarah Q2017pre-productionGrandpa
Smothered by Mothers2017completedIvan
Six Children and One Grandfather2016completed
The Lemon Grove2016post-productionZio Vincenzo
All Inpre-productionBen Marino
Asleep at the WheelannouncedJudge
Horace and Pete2016TV Mini-SeriesHorace Sr.
The Dicks2016ShortEd
Fall 4 You2015ShortDominick
Irene & Marie2015ShortJohn
Tom in America2014ShortMichael
Zarra's Law2014Paul Canto
Turning Point with Frank MacKay2014TV SeriesBurt Young
Rob the Mob2014Joey D
The Elevator: Three Minutes Can Change Your Life2013George
Baciamo le mani: Palermo-New York 19582013TV SeriesDon Gillo Draghi
Ci vediamo domani2013Palagonia
Abigail Harm2012Mr. Warren
The Shoemaker2012ShortNicky the Greek
Win Win2011Leo Poplar
Medium Rare2010TV SeriesHarry Costas
Kingshighway2010Mario Capriolini
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2009TV SeriesEddy Mack
New York, I Love You2008Landlord (segment "Fatih Akin")
Carnera: The Walking Mountain2008Lou Soresi
Oliviero Rising2007Santino
Il nascondiglio2007Muller
Hack!2007J.T. Bates
Go Go Tales2007Murray
Blue Lake Butcher2007Pops
Rocky Balboa2006Paulie
Nicky's Game2005ShortLeo Singer
Carlito's Way: Rise to Power2005VideoArtie Bottolota Sr.
Downtown: A Street Tale2004Gus
Land of Plenty2004Sherman
The Wager2004Jack Stockman
Shut Up and Kiss Me!2004Vincent Bublioni
Crooked Lines2003Mike Ameche
The Handler2003TV SeriesDino Mantoni
Alternate Realities2002TV SeriesFrank
And She Was2002Lou
Kiss the Bride2002Santo Sposato
The Adventures of Pluto Nash2002Gino
Checkout2002Uncle Louie
Cugini2001Pasquale 'pop' Cugini
Plan B2001/ISal Palermo
The Sopranos2001TV SeriesBobby 'Bacala' Sr.
The Boys of Sunset Ridge2001Hank Bartlowski
Never Look Back2000
Table One2000Frankie Chips
The Boys Behind the Desk2000
The Day the Ponies Come Back2000John Stoller
Gioco di specchi2000TV Movie
Very Mean Men2000Dominic Piazza
L'uomo della fortuna2000Don Ettore Visone
Blue Moon2000Bobby
Loser Love1999Sydney Delacroix
Terra bruciata1999Joe
Mickey Blue Eyes1999Vito Graziosi
The Florentine1999Joe Mc Collough
Thinking About Africa1999TV SeriesOland
One Deadly Road1998
Cuori in campo1998TV MovieGallagher
Heaven Before I Die1997Pollof
The Last Don1997TV Mini-SeriesVirginio Ballazzo
Walker, Texas Ranger1996-1997TV SeriesJack 'Soldier' Belmont
Firehouse1997TV MovieChief Frank Shea
Before Women Had Wings1997TV MovieLouis Ippolito
The Deli1997JC
The Undertaker's Wedding1997Alberto
She's So Lovely1997Lorenzo
Kicked in the Head1997Jack
Law & Order1997TV SeriesLewis Darnell
The Outer Limits1997TV SeriesCaptain Parker
Opposite Corners1997
Red-Blooded American Girl II1997Roy
North Star1996Reno
Bless This House1995TV SeriesMr. Riveto
Crocodile Shoes1994TV Mini-SeriesLou Benedette / Lou Benedetti
Columbo1994TV SeriesMo Weinberg
The Maharaja's Daughter1994TV Mini-SeriesMilai
Vendetta II: The New Mafia1993TV MovieVincent Domenici
Berlin '391993Werner
Double Deception1993TV MovieZimmer
Excessive Force1993Sal DiMarco
Cattive ragazze1992Leo
Due vite, un destino1992TV Movie
Alibi perfetto1992Mancini
Tales from the Crypt1992TV SeriesGambler
Americano rosso1991George Maniago
Rocky V1990Paulie
Bright Angel1990Art
Diving In1990Coach Mack
Backstreet Dreams1990Luca
Club Fed1990Warden Boyle
Betsy's Wedding1990Georgie
Vendetta: Secrets of a Mafia Bride1990TV Mini-SeriesVincente Dominici
Wait Until Spring, Bandini1989Rocco
Beverly Hills Brats1989Clive
Blood Red1989Andrews
Last Exit to Brooklyn1989Big Joe
Going Overboard1989General Noriega
Medium Rare1987Harry Costas
Roomies1987TV SeriesNick Chase
Back to School1986Lou
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1986TV SeriesEd Fratus. the Salesman
Rocky IV1985Paulie
The Equalizer1985TV SeriesLouie Ganucci
A Summer to Remember1985TV MovieFidel Fargo
Miami Vice1984TV SeriesLupo Ramirez
The Pope of Greenwich Village1984Bed Bug Eddie
Once Upon a Time in America1984Joe
Over the Brooklyn Bridge1984Phil
You and Me Kid1983TV Series
Lookin' to Get Out1982Jerry Feldman
Amityville II: The Possession1982Anthony Montelli
Rocky III1982Paulie
...All the Marbles1981Eddie Cisco
Blood Beach1980Sergeant Royko
Murder Can Hurt You!1980TV MovieLt. Palumbo
Rocky II1979Paulie
Uncle Joe Shannon1978Joe Shannon
Daddy, I Don't Like It Like This1978TV MovieRocco Agnelli
Convoy1978Bobby 'Love Machine' 'Pig Pen'
The Choirboys1977Scuzzi
Twilight's Last Gleaming1977Augie Garvas


Uncle Joe Shannon1978writer
Daddy, I Don't Like It Like This1978TV Movie
Baretta1975TV Series story - 1 episode


Roomies1987TV Series performer - 1 episode
Rocky1976"The First Noel", uncredited


John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs2017Documentary post-productionHimself
Tom's Arrival in New York2015Documentary shortHimself
The Jack and Triumph Show2015TV SeriesHimself
Casting By2012DocumentaryHimself
Biography2005-2011TV Series documentaryHimself
The Rocky Saga: Going the Distance2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Char·ac·ter: The Interviews2010DocumentaryHimself
Cinemania2008TV SeriesHimself
Skill vs. Will: The Making of 'Rocky Balboa'2007Video documentary shortHimself
The 21st Annual Genesis Awards2007VideoHimself
In the Ring2006Video documentaryHimself
Tribute to Burgess Meredith2006Video documentary shortHimself (voice)
The Contender2005TV SeriesHimself
I'm with Her2004TV SeriesHimself
2 Birds with 1 Stallone2002Himself
The Howard Stern Radio Show2000TV SeriesHimself
The Making of a Mobster: 'Mickey Blue Eyes'1999TV Short documentaryHimself
The Mouse1996Himself
Playboy Mid Summer Night's Dream Party 19851985TV MovieHimself
The 6th People's Choice Awards1980TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Favourite Motion Picture Award
The 36th Annual Golden Globes Awards1979TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 49th Annual Academy Awards1977TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Good Morning America1977TV SeriesHimself - Guest

Archive Footage

40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic2017Documentary pre-production
Coffee Time me ta Asteria tou Leo2016TV Mini-Series documentaryPaulie
La noche desesperada2007TV MovieMurray
Hubert Selby Jr: It/ll Be Better Tomorrow2005Documentary


Won Awards

2015Festival PrizeAtlantic City CinefestBest Actor, Short DramaTom in America (2014)
2014Lifetime Achievement AwardHoboken International Film Festival
1978Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorConvoy (1978)
1978Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst Fake Accent: MaleConvoy (1978)

Nominated Awards

2016Jury AwardQueens World Film FestivalBest Actor in a ShortTom in America (2014)
2015Maverick Movie AwardMaverick Movie AwardsBest Actor: ShortTom in America (2014)
2006Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorRocky Balboa (2006)
1991Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorRocky V (1990)
1986Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorRocky IV (1985)
1977OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleRocky (1976)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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