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Also Known As: Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone, Sly Stallone Died:
Born: July 6, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, director, producer, horse trainer, short order cook, fish salesman, usher, zoo attendant, teacher (American College of Switzerland), delicatessen worker

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One of the biggest box office draws in the world from the 1970s through the early 1990s, actor-writer-director-producer Sylvester Stallone combined sheer physical brawn with a touch of vulnerability in two major movie franchises - the Academy Award-winning "Rocky" (1976) and its five sequels, as well as the jingoistic, ultra-violent "Rambo" (1981) quartet. Frequently reviled by critics and pundits for his acting and movie choices, Stallone persevered through several major career eclipses, only to come back - much like Rocky Balboa - time and time again as the pop cultural icon that he most definitely was. Regardless of how the critics felt, Stallone was a major box office force, though he struggled outside the Rocky-Rambo universe with "Cliffhanger" (1993) and "Judge Dredd" (1995). He earned critical respect when he gained weight to play a good-hearted, but ostracized cop turning a blind eye to police corruption in "Cop Land" (1997), but the box office failure of that film prompted him to second-guess his choice of tackling more dramatic material. After starring in the remake of "Get Carter" (2000) and the action thriller "Driven" (2001), Stallone stepped back from acting to focus behind the scenes...

One of the biggest box office draws in the world from the 1970s through the early 1990s, actor-writer-director-producer Sylvester Stallone combined sheer physical brawn with a touch of vulnerability in two major movie franchises - the Academy Award-winning "Rocky" (1976) and its five sequels, as well as the jingoistic, ultra-violent "Rambo" (1981) quartet. Frequently reviled by critics and pundits for his acting and movie choices, Stallone persevered through several major career eclipses, only to come back - much like Rocky Balboa - time and time again as the pop cultural icon that he most definitely was. Regardless of how the critics felt, Stallone was a major box office force, though he struggled outside the Rocky-Rambo universe with "Cliffhanger" (1993) and "Judge Dredd" (1995). He earned critical respect when he gained weight to play a good-hearted, but ostracized cop turning a blind eye to police corruption in "Cop Land" (1997), but the box office failure of that film prompted him to second-guess his choice of tackling more dramatic material. After starring in the remake of "Get Carter" (2000) and the action thriller "Driven" (2001), Stallone stepped back from acting to focus behind the scenes on his health/fitness magazine, as well as the sports-themed reality series, "The Contender" (NBC/ESPN/Versus, 2005-07). But unable to stay out of the spotlight for long, he struck box office gold revisiting "Rocky Balboa" (2006) and "Rambo" (2008), and starring in the ensemble action hit "The Expendables" (2010), which once again put Stallone back on top.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Rambo (2008)
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  Rocky IV (1985) Director
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  Staying Alive (1983) Director
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  Rocky III (1982) Director
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  Rocky II (1979) Director
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  Paradise Alley (1978) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Escape Plan (2013)
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 Tomb, The (2013)
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 Grudge Match (2013)
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 Zookeeper (2011)
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 Expendables, The (2010)
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 Kambakkht Ishq (2009)
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Milestones close milestones

1961:
Moved to Philadelphia with mother and stepfather
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Taught children of career diplomats and young royalty at American College of Switzerland
1967:
Returned to the United States
1969:
Enrolled in University of Miami; dropped out two years later to pursue acting career
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Moved to New York City
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Worked as usher at Walter Reade Theater in NYC while writing screenplays; also swept out Bronx Zoo lion cages
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Penned early drafts of what became "Rocky"
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Wrote a biographical drama about Edgar Allen Poe; many claimed it was one of the great unproduced scripts in Hollywood
1970:
First film appearance, soft-core porn "The Party at Kitty and Stud's"
1971:
Entered mainstream film with an uncredited appearance as a mugger in Woody Allen's "Bananas"
1973:
Landed first major role in "Rebel"
1974:
Played first starring role in the cult hit "The Lords of Flatbush"
1974:
Moved to Los Angeles, CA
1976:
Made screenwriting debut and starred in the boxing drama "Rocky"; earned Oscar nominations as Best Actor and for Best Original Screenplay
1978:
Made directorial debut and wrote "Paradise Alley"; later turned screenplay into a novel
1979:
Reprised role, wrote, and directed the sequel "Rocky II"
1981:
Co-starred in the John Huston directed "Escape to Victory"
1982:
Reprised signature role in "Rocky III"; also scripted and directed
1982:
First played character of John Rambo in "First Blood"
1983:
First feature as a producer, "Staying Alive"; also directed and contributed to screenplay
1984:
Starred opposite Dolly Parton in "Rhinestone"
1985:
First executive producer credit for TV-movie, "Heart of a Champion: The Ray Mancini Story"
1985:
Returned as the titular boxer, wrote, and directed in "Rocky IV"
1988:
Again reprised other signature role in "Rambo III"; also scripted
1990:
Re-teamed, starred, and scripted with original director John G. Avildsen the fifth installment "Rocky V"
1991:
Opened Planet Hollywood Restaurant in New York; co-owned with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis
1993:
Collaborated on first film with Renny Harlin, "Cliffhanger"; also rewrote script
1995:
Reportedly agreed to a multi-picture deal with Universal Pictures that paid at least $60 million for three films
1995:
Starred in the title role of the sci-fi actioner "Judge Dredd"
1997:
Delivered a change of pace turn as a partially deaf New Jersey sheriff in "Cop Land"
1998:
Provided the voice for Weaver, the soldier ant buddy of Woody Allen's in the animated feature "Antz"
2000:
Essayed title role in the remake of "Get Carter"
2001:
Teamed onscreen with Burt Reynolds in "Driven"; Stallone reportedly contributed to the screenplay
2003:
Played a villainous role in the third installment of the "Spy Kids" trilogy "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over"
2004:
Lent his name and image to the start-up publication <i>Sly</i>, focusing on health and fitness
2005:
Co-presented alongside Sugar Ray Leonard the NBC reality boxing series "The Contender"
2006:
Wrote, directed, and reprised role in the critical and commercial hit "Rocky Balboa," the sixth and final installment of his successful series
2008:
Reprised the role of war hero John Rambo for the fourth time in "Rambo"; also wrote and directed
2010:
Directed, co-wrote, and starred in "The Expendables," a 1980s-style action adventure about a group of mercenaries who attempt to overthrow a South American dictator; film featured a Who's Who of action stars including Bruce Willis, Jet Li, and Arnold Schwarzenegger
2012:
Re-assembled ensemble cast for sequel "The Expendables 2"; also co-wrote screenplay
2013:
Starred in action thriller "Bullet to the Head"
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Education

Lincoln High School: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania -
The Glenholme School: Washington , Connecticut -
American College of Switzerland: - 1963 - 1966
University of Miami: Miami , Florida - 1967 - 1969

Notes

"Actors are a throbbing mass of scar tissue by the time they get anywhere." --Sylvester Stallone in a 1978 interview

"My father was so tough his balls clanged when he walked. He's a primitive who learned to play polo when he was stationed as a guard on the Mexican border during World War II. If I draw on anything for the character of Rambo--the physical attributes, the capacity to conjure up the physical frenzy--it would be my father. . . .

"My mother is the master of the outrageous. I draw heavily on her. It's her part of my psyche that keeps me fiercely insane." --Stallone to Vanity Fair, September 1990.

"Rambo is a man of many colors. He is trying to find serenity, but there is another side of him that asks, 'How can you be serene in one small part of the world when the rest of the world is coming apart'. There is a part of him that is peaceful and there is a part of him that needs to be involved in a cause for freedom. He is a man who should have lived 500 years ago, like a Samurai trapped in a modern world which has no place for him. He needs a cause, a reason to exist. His life is one of dedication, of obedience. And he's a born soldier, and I like that . . . He is the avenging arm of what I consider ethical in life--a patriotic soldier." --Sylvester Stallone in press release.

"I gave into temptation to prove myself in another arena. I've learned the hard way about comedy. Marlon Brando had the same problem if you look back." --From People, June 7, 1993

On his bad luck with marriage following his highly publicized second divorce, Stallone told Vanity Fair (September 1990): "If anybody should have become an alcoholic or a drug addict or a dyed-in-the-wool misogynist, it's me. I've had every opportunity to cop out. I've been publicly humiliated. The way I was dissected worldwide and held up to ridicule. I've never read about a divorce that has as much sexual innuendo as mine did with Brigitte. That was very embarrassing."

About his tumultuous upbringing, Stallone confessed to Los Angeles Times Calendar (October 28, 1990): "It was a house full of aggression and conflict. When she [his mother] left, I hung onto her leg. I was in convulsions. Then the terrible court battles began. My brother became so repressed that they thought he had leukemia. I really became a loose cannon. i ran away to Philadelphia to be with her. The courts brought me back. I had an unformed ego, a misplaced aggression. I sought chaos. I was like a dog wanting to be beaten. Acting was almost a psychological requirement for me."

From "Sly: The Beef Who Takes the Cake", interview by Joel Silver in Interview, July 1995:

JS: But how do you feel about making action movies?

SS: Lucky. See, lately--I don't know why--action movies have become like the movie business's equivalent of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame". Just as Quasimodo was the ugly duckling in literature, action films have become the sore spot for critics. In the old days, people talked about biblical scenarios of action films. The Bible is action-packed. The Koran is action-packed, Even Buddha had a few moments of suspense in his life. Yet, when we make action movies now, we're considered moneymaking machines with no esoteric worth, and that's not true at all. There's a lot of artistry that goes into what we do. I tend to think of action movies as exuberant morality plays in which good triumphs over evil.

Stallone received special achievement award from the National Italian American Foundation in 1991.

He was named as an Officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters in 1992.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Sasha Stallone. Married on December 28, 1974; divorced in 1985.
wife:
Brigitte Nielsen. Actor, model. Married on December 15, 1985 in Beverly Hills; divorced in 1987; acted together in "Rocky IV" (1985) and "Cobra" (1986).
companion:
Janine Turner. Actor. Dated.
wife:
Jennifer Flavin. Model. Together from 1989 until 1994; reported broke up with her by sending a letter via Federal Express; resumed relationship in late 1995; announced engagement in January 1996; married in May 1997; mother of Stallone's daughter Sophia Rose.
companion:
Janice Dickerson. Model. Believed Stallone to be the father of her daughter; when blood test proved otherwise, he ended relationship.
companion:
Angie Everhart. Model. Engaged to be married as of April 1995; no longer together as of June 1995.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Frank Stallone Sr. Retired beautician. Italian immigrant; divorced when Sylvester Stallone was ten; Sicilian immigrant.
step-father:
Steve Levin. Physician. Married Jacqueline Stallone on November 13, 1998.
mother:
Jacqueline Stallone. Astrologer, former dancer. Born c. 1931; has been married several times; danced at Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe.
brother:
Frank Stallone. Actor, singer. Born on July 30, 1950.
half-sister:
Toni-Ann Dialto. Mother, Jacqueline Stallone.
half-brother:
Dante Stallone. Born in 1997; son of Frank Stallone Sr and his fourth wife.
son:
Sage Stallone. Actor. Born on May 5, 1976; mother, Sasha Stallone; made film debut in "Rocky V" (1990).
son:
Seth Stallone. Born c. 1979; mother, Sasha Stallone; autistic.
daughter:
Sophia Rose Stallone. Born on August 27, 1996 in South Beach, Florida; mother, Jennifer Flavin; born with a hole in her heart, underwent surgery in November 1996 to correct problem.
daughter:
Sistine Rose Stallone. Born on June 27, 1998; mother, Jennifer Flavin.
daughter:
Scarlet Rose. Born on May 25, 2002; mother, Jennifer Flavin.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"The Rocky Scrapbook"
"Paradise Alley"
"Stallone: A Rocky Life" Mainstream

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