Burt Young, Oscar-nominated actor who played Paulie in ‘Rocky’ films, dies at 83

Burt Young, the Oscar-nominated actor who portrayed Sylvester Stallone's gruff, muttering best friend, cornerstone, and brother-in-law Paulie in the "Rocky" film series, passed away.

Young's work in "Rocky" earned him a nomination for an Academy Award in 1977 for best supporting actor. Mickey's costar Burgess Meredith from "Rocky" faced off against him.

Young painted as well. Bilotta Gallery, a Florida-based "home of celebrity artwork & memorabilia," is where you can find his paintings, some of which are influenced by the "Rocky" movies.

The late James Caan, who was also from Queens, New York, collaborated with him on a few movies in the 1970s, such as "Cinderella Liberty," "The Gambler," "The Killer Elite," and "Harry and Walter Go to New York."

He played a retired drill instructor in the short-lived 1987 ABC sitcom Roomies, a reference to his timea spent in the United States Marine Corps, where his character chooses to attend college after retirement.

"Rocky" rose to fame in the 1970s. It won three Oscars, including best picture, and was nominated for ten Academy Awards, including Mr. Young's for best supporting actor.