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Actor Bill Lee Lanndis, Co-founders Ingrid Dodd and Craig Weintraub pose for a photo-op at Taste of The Oscars to Honor Actor Burt Young
Co-founders Ingrid Dodd and Craig Weintraub pose with Actor Burt Young at Taste of the Oscars at The Madison Theater in Rockville Centre
It was Hollywood in Long Island as guests and celebrities arrived in chauffeured limousines wearing tuxedos, gowns and diamonds at Taste of the Oscars.
Taste of the Oscars took place on Academy Award night, February 28th, 2016, at the Madison Theatre Madison Theatre at Molloy College. Molloy College partnered with the Long Beach International Film Festival, Long Island Pulse and News 12 to bring to all Long Islanders their annual Long island Oscar viewing party honoring Rocky’s own Burt Young in support of the Madison Theatre Scholarship for young filmmakers.
Comedian and host, Paul Bond, was the Master if Ceremonies through the festivities, games and trivia. From 5:30 – 7:30 PM guests enjoyed local food, wines, and cocktails from the following restaurants: Cannon Blackthorns, Taste of Greece, Viaggio, Chadwicks, Mesita, Salsa Mexicana, Sangre-DeUva, Bonefish Grill and Tony Columbos
Additionally Red Door Space primped the guests on the red carpet. Jewels by Kravitz Celebrity Jeweler, Idayne Kaye, and Peter Duffy Furs also walked the Red carpet. The evening was also special because of an an award presented to Honoree: Rocky’s Own - Actor Burt Young. Before his award was presented a special video message from Sylvester Stallone was shown to congratulate Mr. Young.
Gerald Tommaso DeLouise was born April 30, 1940 and is better known by his stage name Burt Young. Mr. Young is an American actor, painter and author. He is best known for his Academy Award-nominated role as Sylvester Stallone's character's brother-in-law and best friend Paulie Pennino in the Rocky film series.
Young was born in Queens, New York, the son of Josephine and Michael DeLouise. During my interview with the iconic actor he revealed he was trained by Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio. Young is a widower and has one daughter, Anne More. He now lives in Port Washington, New York. Mr. Young also served a tour of duty in the United States Marine Corps from 1957-1959.
Young made his name playing rough-edged working class Italian-American characters, the best-known example being his signature role as Sylvester Stallone's character's brother-in-law Paulie in "Rocky" in 1976 for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He is one of four actors who have appeared in all of the first six Rocky films.Young did not reprise his role in the 2015 film Creed because his character died in 2012.
He has played similar roles in "Chinatown," "Convoy," "Back to School," "The Pope of Greenwich Village," " Once Upon a Time in America," "Last Exit to Brooklyn," "Downtown: A Street Tale," and even a brutal and darker role in "Amityville II: The Possession." Young has also appeared in many television programs, including "The Rockford Files," "Baretta," " Law & Order," "Walker," "Texas Ranger," "M*A*S*H," and guest-starred in a "Miami Vice" episode, and made an appearance on "The Sopranos" ("Another Toothpick") as Bobby Baccalieri's father, who is dying of cancer and comes out of retirement to execute a hit on his godson.
Young is a painter whose art has been displayed in galleries throughout the world. As an artist, he has collaborated with the writer Gabriele Tinti, for whom he designed the cover for the poetry collection All over, as well as contributing the illustrations for the art book "A Man." Young is also a published author whose works include two filmed screenplays and a 400-page historically based novel called "Endings."
He has written two stage plays: "SOS" and "A Letter to Alicia" and the "New York City Government From a Man With a Bullet in His Head."
Celebrities that attended a Taste of The Oscars included: Actor Bill Lee Lanndis, Actress Helen Proimos, Celebrity Jewelry Designer from Kravitz Jewelers, Idayne Kaye, (Designs for Cameron Diaz and Miley Cyrus) Chef Jonathan Scinto, from Masterchef Comedian Paul Bond, Samantha Brooks, Celebrity cake designer (Designer for Jennifer Lopez) Jaimie Stewart, News 12 Sports Anchor, Donna Drake, CBS Live It Up, Live star AJ Espinoza from Masterchef Junior and Comedian Carrie Karivis.
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