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Burt Young stars in "Win Win," opposite Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan, as Leo Poplar.

Legendary character actor Burt Young came to acting by a chance circumstance that brought him to the attention of legendary acting coach Lee Strasberg. When an acquaintance had hopes of studying under Strasberg, Young secured her an audition with the icon and took part in her reading. Lee passed on the friend, but was impressed by what he would later call Burt's "library of emotions." Strasberg became his mentor and friend, and Burt began his career performing in off-Broadway plays.

As an actor, Young has appeared in over one hundred films and television shows, including "Chinatown," "The Gambler," "She's So Lovely," and "Transamerica." He is perhaps best known for his role in all six "Rocky" movies as Paulie Pennino.

Young is a published author. He wrote and filmed two screenplays, penned a 400 page historically based novel called "Endings," and created two stage-plays. The first, "S.O.S.," was produced in the late 80's through the early 90's, and the second is called "A Letter to Alicia and the New York City Government from a Man with a Bullet in His Head." Young will soon appear in semi auto-biographical one-man play, "Artist Found in Port Washington Flat."

Increasingly known for his artwork, Burt won a New York City art contest at age twelve, "his own way, his own style, some years with more passion than others." Burt has donated several of his pieces to charity, including "Orange Blossom" to Gilda's Club, Teddy Atlas Foundation portrait of Ian Barkley, and recently shown at Jade Nectar Gallery New York City, Jade Nectar East, South Hampton, and Galerie 1225 Montreal. A Montreal curator, who said of Burt's work, "It's best unframed, suggesting a story beforehand, during and after that takes place on the canvas."

Burt has been a Marine, boxer, baker, carpet layer, single parent, truck driver, actor, playwright, and accomplished painter, giving voice to the inarticulate.


How tall is Burt Young? How old is Burt Young? Find out here.

Age: 76 years old
Birthday: April 30, 1940
Height: 5' 8"
Full Name / Real Name: Richard Morea
Birthplace: New York, NY
Wife: Gloria

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