Sylvester Stallone


Actor
Sylvester Stallone

About

Also Known As
Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone, Sly Stallone
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
July 06, 1946

Biography

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 "Rambo" (1981) quartet. Stallone persevered through some typical career ups-and-d...

Photos & Videos

Rocky - Movie Poster
Rocky - Pressbook
Death Race 2000 - Pressbook

Family & Companions

Sasha Stallone
Wife
Married on December 28, 1974; divorced in 1985.
Brigitte Nielsen
Wife
Actor, model. Married on December 15, 1985 in Beverly Hills; divorced in 1987; acted together in "Rocky IV" (1985) and "Cobra" (1986).
Janine Turner
Companion
Actor. Dated.
Jennifer Flavin
Wife
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.

Biography

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 "Rambo" (1981) quartet. Stallone persevered through some typical career ups-and-downs, only to come back - much like Rocky Balboa - time and time again as the pop cultural icon that he most definitely was. Stallone was a major box office force, also appearing in movies outside the Rocky-Rambo universe such as "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). 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.

Born Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone in Hell's Kitchen, NY on July 6, 1946, his first moments set the tone for a challenging life: an accident during his forceps delivery severed a nerve in his face, which resulted in his trademark slurred speech and drooping facial features. Stallone's parents, Jacqueline Labofish - who would later achieve pseudo-celebrity in the 1980s as a wrestling promoter and astrologer - and Frank Stallone Sr. had a combative relationship, leading young Sly to spend several years in foster homes. He eventually returned to his family in Maryland, which included younger brother Frank, but the marriage soon dissolved, leaving Stallone to relocate with his mother to her new husband's hometown of Philadelphia, PA. His time there was marked by frequent expulsions from schools and bouts with loneliness and anger. By the time he landed in a school for troubled youth, he was named "Most Likely to End Up in the Electric Chair" by his classmates. Sports and exercise provided his sole positive outlet.

Poor grades restricted Stallone's choices for higher education, so he ended up spending a stint in beauty school before attending the American College in Switzerland, where drama courses gave him a new direction. He returned to the United States in 1967 and studied drama at the University of Miami, but departed three credits shy of his degree for New York to find work just two years later. His speech impediment made it difficult for him to find substantial work, but his brawny physique ensured him of a certain type of role; he was a randy telephone repairman in the bawdy off-Broadway play "Score" (1971) and appeared nude in a softcore grindhouse feature called "Party at Kitty and Studs" (1970), which was revived in the mid-1970s after he rose to fame with "Rocky." Minor parts in Hollywood features like Woody Allen's "Bananas" (1971) and "The Prisoner of Second Avenue" (1975) eventually came his way, but these too were based entirely on his physical presence, and more often than not, he lost opportunities - including a role in "The Godfather" (1972) - for being too brawny. Frustrated with the lack of opportunity, Stallone headed for Los Angeles, where he intended to make his own way by writing scripts for himself. His fortunes increased somewhat after the move. Roger Corman offered him his most substantial roles to date in "Capone" (1975), starring as murderous Depression Era gangster Frank Nitti, and "Death Race 2000" (1975), in which he played a futuristic racecar driver with a chip on his shoulder. He also sold his first screenplay, a coming-of-age drama called "The Lords of Flatbush" (1974), in which he co-starred with fellow up-and-comers Henry Winkler, Perry King, and Armand Assante.

In 1975, he witnessed the epic boxing match between underdog Chuck "The Bayonne Bleeder" Wepner and heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali. Wepner's determination in the face of his superior opponent struck a chord with Stallone, who went home and penned the script for a feature about a good-natured club fighter named Rocky Balboa who gets a shot at the heavyweight title. The script fell into the hands of producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, whose attention Stallone had caught with the script for another project titled "Paradise Alley." Both producers wanted the film, but initially balked on Stallone's request to play the title role. After some deliberation and script changes that included a more upbeat ending, both agreed that the film's low budget could allow for a relative unknown to play the lead. The result was one of the most invigorating and popular features of the 1970s; a rags-to-riches story enlivened by some of the most realistic boxing footage ever captured on film, as well as Stallone's unexpectedly funny and tender turn as Rocky, the "Italian Stallion." The shot of Rocky charging triumphantly up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art to the strains of composer Bill Conti's "Gonna Fly Now" score became, in and of itself, one of the most iconic scenes in Hollywood history. Directed ably by John Avildsen, "Rocky" went on to gross over $117 million dollars and net three Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Film Editing. Stallone himself was nominated for two Oscars - Actor and Screenplay - and his Hollywood career was effectively launched quite famously at age 30.

Stallone made his directorial debut with "Paradise Alley" (1978), a period drama about three Hell's Kitchen brothers (Stallone, Assante and Kevin Conway) who get involved with professional wrestling. He then penned and starred in "F.I.S.T. (1978), a drama about a laborer who becomes involved in union organization. Neither proved as big a hit as "Rocky," so the inevitable sequel was set for 1979. "Rocky II" rematched Balboa with Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), the Muhammad Ali stand-in he battled in the first film. Stallone both wrote and directed this film, which proved almost as popular as the first with moviegoers. It also established Stallone's routine of returning to his best-loved characters after experiencing a bout of flops.

Stallone was a American POW in World War II who participates in a soccer match against his Nazi captors in John Huston's cult favorite "Victory" (1981), and donned a beard and glasses to play a cop on the trail of a terrorist (Rutger Hauer) for the underrated "Nighthawks" (1981) - the latter of which suffered cuts at the hands of its studio and underperformed at the box office. But in 1982, he rose to the top of the box office yet again with a second frachise-in-the-making: "First Blood," an action-packed drama about troubled Vietnam vet John Rambo, who tangles with a small town police force. The film, directed by Ted Kotcheff, dampened the dark tone and downbeat ending of David Morrell's novel - which saw Rambo commit suicide after his rampage - giving Stallone one of his biggest hits since the "Rocky" films. It also (unintentionally) served as a touchstone for conservatives such as then-President Ronald Reagan, who admitted his fondness for the violent picture.

Stallone followed this with another huge hit, "Rocky III" (1982), which pitted the boxer against the brutal Clubber Lang (Mr. T). Though the latest sequel took Rocky even further from his humble roots, audiences still flocked to see the underdog story and the stellar boxing sequences. However, Stallone stumbled mightily with "Staying Alive" (1983), his sequel to "Saturday Night Fever" (1977). Despite a healthy box office take - John Travolta's last for awhile - Stallone's turn as director-producer-writer of the overtly cheesy musical - complete with a fur-clad Stallone street cameo and the casting of brother Frank as Travolta's competition for a lady's affections - was lambasted by critics. Even more maligned was his next film, the ill-advised musical comedy "Rhinestone," which saw Stallone singing with Dolly Parton. In the first of several bad career choices, Stallone reportedly turned down the starring roles in "Beverly Hills Cop" (1983) and "Romancing the Stone" (1984) to star in his major flop.

With two back-to-back disasters on his plate, Stallone retreated to familiar territory for his next projects. "Rocky IV" (1985) tapped heavily into the then-current flag-waving political rhetoric for his match between Balboa and a robotic Soviet fighter (Dolph Lundgren). Despite its not-so-subtle flash, the film was the highest grossing entry in the "Rocky" series then to date, earning some $127 million at the box office. The film also served as the launching point for Stallone's relationship with Danish model and actress Brigitte Nielsen, who appeared as Lundgren's Russian love interest. After marrying Sasha Czack in 1974 and raising two sons - Sage, who appeared as Rocky's son in "Rocky V" and later became a filmmaker and exhibitor; Seargeoh, who was autistic - Stallone filed for divorce and wed the over-the-top Nielsen. Their two-year relationship was covered to dizzying extremes until an abrupt and ugly divorce in 1987. Stallone also revived John Rambo for the ultra-violent "Rambo: First Blood Part II" (1985), which sent the vet back to Vietnam to rescue POWs. Critics blasted the picture for its conservative tone and staggering violence, but it was the second most popular film of the year and a massive hit worldwide. During this period, Stallone also served as executive producer on the TV biopic "Heart of a Champion: The Ray Mancini Story" (1985) and advised the project's numerous boxing scenes. It was, indeed, his biggest year since his bicentennial breakout in 1976.

The year 1986 marked the beginning of Stallone's long, cartoonish and critically reviled tenure as an action hero - a status solidified by his participation in the overblown Planet Hollywood restaurant chain, which he co-founded with fellow defenders of cinematic liberty, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1991. "Cobra" - his second and final feature with Nielsen - was a tasteless crime picture with Stallone as a taciturn cop hunting axe-wielding serial killers. It scored well among moviegoers, but "Over The Top" (1987), with Stallone as a competitive arm wrestler, and "Tango and Cash" (1989), with Stallone and Kurt Russell as odd-couple cops fighting drug dealers, yielded mediocre returns and much unintended laughter. He returned for a third time as John Rambo in "Rambo III" (1988), which dispatched the homicidal hero to Afghanistan to fight the occupying Soviet Army. The picture, which earned a place in the record books as the film with the most violent acts and onscreen deaths in history, performed poorly at American box offices, but earned massive returns worldwide.

A sea change was required for Stallone's career in the late 1980s, but his next few projects only extended his losing streak. "Lock Up" (1988), with Stallone as a falsely accused prisoner victimized by a sadistic warden (Donald Sutherland), was an attempt to return to his underdog persona, but found few ticket buyers. Even the revival of Rocky Balboa in "Rocky V" (1990), with John G. Avildsen back in the director's chair and Stallone as screenwriter, couldn't muster a respectable profit. And a likable attempt at comedy with John Landis' screwball comedy "Oscar" (1991) tanked miserably. The nadir of Stallone's film career came just one year later with "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot" (1992), a ghastly action comedy with a pistol-packing Estelle Getty as Stallone's interfering mom. The Golden Rasberry Awards showered upon the film only solidified the notion that Stallone's career was stuck in neutral, or fixed in a downward spiral. But like so many times before, Stallone came back from behind with two major hits in 1993. "Cliffhanger," by rising action director Renny Harlin, saw Stallone as a spooked mountain climber blackmailed into aiding criminals (led by an over-the-top John Lithgow) in recovering stolen treasury money. The film, which featured breathtaking scenery and stunt work, was a massive summer hit, and was soon followed by "Demolition Man" (1993), with Stallone as a 20th century cop awakened from a cryogenic prison to hunt super criminal Wesley Snipes. Filled with softball pokes at political correctness and Stallone's own "dinosaur" status, the film also scored mightily in the fall of 1993.

Flush with his latest bout of success, Stallone embarked on a string of high-profile action projects, including "The Specialist" (1994), a glossy action thriller with Sharon Stone and James Woods; "Assassins" (1995) with Antonio Banderas; "Judge Dredd" (1995), a live action version of the popular British graphic novel "2000 AD;" and "Daylight" (1996), a likable if busy disaster thriller. All save "Dredd" experienced anemic ticket sales, and each was picked over with increasing relish by Stallone's growing legion of naysayers. In fact, Stallone's paternity case with model Janice Dickinson, whom she had named as the father of her child, earned him more press than his films (Stallone was later cleared of the charge). A change of pace was clearly in need, and Stallone found it in "Cop Land" (1997), a gritty police drama from director James Mangold who would later score big with the Johnny Cash biopic, "Walk the Line" (2005). For his role as a partially deaf suburban sheriff who confronts a police corruption scandal, Stallone gained considerable weight and gave one of his most soulful performances since "Rocky." Critics responded with some of his best reviews to date, and the picture - which pitted Stallone against such acting heavyweights as Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, and Ray Liotta - performed respectably for an indie film. Stallone also took home the Best Actor Award from the Stockholm Film Festival.

In 1997, Stallone married Irish model Jennifer Flavin and settled into second fatherhood with three daughters (born in 1996, 1998, and 2002). At 51, Stallone's film career was at a crossroads; his greatest successes lay with two roles, both of which he was growing too old to play, according to industry pundits. His dream project, a biography of novelist and poet Edgar Allan Poe, was stagnant, and his standing among critics had improved only slightly after "Cop Land." Nevertheless, Stallone soldiered on with a film career. He lent his voice to DreamWorks' animated comedy "Antz" (1998), also featuring Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, and Gene Hackman, which scored well despite the popularity of the similar "A Bug's Life" (1998) from Pixar. But offbeat choices like this were few and far between, and Stallone was soon back in the action trenches for a string of failures, including an ill-advised remake of "Get Carter" (2000) and the racing drama "Driven" (2001). By the beginning of the new millennium, Stallone's films were not even receiving theatrical releases; "D-Tox" (a.k.a. "Eye See You;" 2002), the mob thriller "Avenging Angelo" (2002) and "Shade" (2003) were shipped directly to cable and home video.

Stallone caught a break in 2005 courtesy of director Robert Rodriguez, who cast him as the mischievous villain The Toymaker in "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over," which proved a monster hit among younger viewers. He also returned to television for the first time since the mid-1980s with two appearances on the show "Las Vegas" (NBC, 2005-08) and as the executive producer and co-host of "The Contender" (NBC/ESPN, 2005-07), a reality show about aspiring boxers. However, the expense of the series and middling ratings forced it off the air in 2005, but it returned in 2006 on the sports network ESPN. The show was marred by controversy when one of its contestants committed suicide during the first season. That same year, Stallone ventured into publishing as the editorial director of the men's magazine Sly and author of the book Sly Moves, which discussed his personal life and fitness routines. The following year, Stallone revived the role that made him a star with "Rocky Balboa" (2006), a surprise to critics and audiences alike with its heartfelt storyline and winning performance by the 60-year-old Stallone, who further impressed viewers by exchanging real punches with professional boxer Antonio Tarver, who played his opponent. The picture went on to become Stallone's biggest success since "Cliffhanger" and the sixth most successful boxing movie in film history (after the first four "Rocky" titles and 2005's "Million Dollar Baby"). Once again, Stallone had risen from the ashes of his career to settle as close to the top as he had been in years.

In 2007, Stallone was the subject of controversy when news broke that he was caught trying to smuggle 48 vials of the growth hormone Jintropin past customs officials while in Australia promoting "Rocky Balboa." After claiming to have had a legitimate medical condition for his use of the restricted drug, Stallone was forced to plead guilty to the charges and was fined nearly $10,000. That same year, Stallone went into production as writer, director, producer and star of "Rambo" (2008), the fourth entry in the violent film series about the troubled Vietnam War veteran, which went on to earn over $100 million worldwide. In interviews, the actor indicated that the film did not mark the last of the character's adventures - true enough, a fifth installment was greenlit for production, only to be put aside for his next project.

Stallone fully embraced his action roots by co-writing, directing and starring in "The Expendables" (2010), a big-budget action movie to end all big-budget action movies, which heralded his return to the genre. Stallone intended to unite every major action hero from the 1980s and 1990s onscreen for the lovingly crafted epic. While some declined the offer - including Jean-Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal, Kurt Russell and Wesley Snipes - he was able to book a dream cast that included himself, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Stone Cold Steve Austin and the genre's Holy Grail that was Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film was a surprising success, which naturally led to filming "The Expendables 2" (2012), featuring a return of the original cast - including a greatly expanded role for Schwarzenegger - as well as the addition of martial arts star Chuck Norris.

But as he was busy promoting the film's August release, Stallone was struck by tragedy when his son, Sage, was found dead in his Studio City home on July 13, 2012. He was only 36 years old. The cause of death was initially rumored to be drugs but was determined to be a fatal heart attack. Sage had followed his father's footsteps onto the screen, making his film debut as Robert Balboa, Jr. in "Rocky V" (1990), as well as appearing in Stallone's disaster film "Daylight" (1996). As he struggled to deal with the tragic blow, Stallone suffered another loss, this time his half-sister, Toni Ann Filiti, succumbed to lung cancer at 48 years old. Their mother, Jackie Stallone, was by her side and reported the news to her son, who reportedly told her that he could not take any more pain. Stallone had just begun speaking openly about Sage's death and expressed hope that time would heal his wounds.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Expendables (2010)
Director
Rambo (2008)
Director
Rocky Balboa (2006)
Director
Rocky IV (1985)
Director
Staying Alive (1983)
Director
Rocky III (1982)
Director
Rocky II (1979)
Director
Paradise Alley (1978)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Rambo V (2019)
Creed 2 (2018)
Escape Plan 2: Hades (2018)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs (2017)
Himself
Ratchet & Clank (2016)
Voice
Animal Crackers (2016)
Voice
Creed (2015)
The Expendables 3 (2014)
The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films (2014)
Himself
Reach Me (2014)
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2013)
Escape Plan (2013)
Grudge Match (2013)
Bullet to the Head (2013)
The Expendables 2 (2012)
Zookeeper (2011)
Voice
The Expendables (2010)
Kambakkht Ishq (2009)
Himself
Rambo (2008)
Rocky Balboa (2006)
Shade (2004)
Stevens
Spy Kids 3: Game Over (2003)
Toymaker
D-Tox (2002)
Avenging Angelo (2002)
Driven (2001)
Get Carter (2000)
Antz (1998)
Voice
AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (1998)
The Good Life (1997)
Cop Land (1997)
Burn, Hollywood, Burn (1997)
Himself
Daylight (1996)
Judge Dredd (1995)
Assassins (1995)
Stephen Verona: Self Portrait (1995)
The Specialist (1994)
Cliffhanger (1993)
Demolition Man (1993)
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992)
Sergeant Joe Bomowski
Oscar (1991)
Rocky V (1990)
Tango & Cash (1989)
Lock Up (1989)
Rambo III (1988)
Over The Top (1987)
Cobra (1986)
Marion "Cobra" Cobretti
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Rocky IV (1985)
Rhinestone (1984)
Rocky III (1982)
First Blood (1982)
Nighthawks (1981)
Victory (1981)
Rocky II (1979)
F.I.S.T. (1978)
Paradise Alley (1978)
Cannonball (1976)
Farewell, My Lovely (1975)
Death Race 2000 (1975)
Machine Gun Joe Viterbo
Capone (1975)
No Place to Hide (1975)
Jerry
The Lords of Flatbush (1974)
The Prisoner Of Second Avenue (1974)
Youth In Park

Writer (Feature Film)

Rambo V (2019)
Story By
Rambo V (2019)
Screenplay
Rambo V (2019)
From Story
Creed 2 (2018)
Screenplay
Creed 2 (2018)
Source Material
Creed (2015)
Source Material
The Expendables 3 (2014)
Screenplay
The Expendables 3 (2014)
Story By
Homefront (2013)
Screenplay
The Expendables 2 (2012)
Screenplay
The Expendables (2010)
Screenplay
Rambo (2008)
Screenplay
Rocky Balboa (2006)
Screenplay
Driven (2001)
From Story
Driven (2001)
Screenplay
Cliffhanger (1993)
Screenplay
Rocky V (1990)
Screenplay
Rambo III (1988)
Screenplay
Over The Top (1987)
Screenplay
Cobra (1986)
Screenwriter
Rocky IV (1985)
Screenplay
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Screenplay
Rhinestone (1984)
Screenplay
Staying Alive (1983)
Screenplay
Rocky III (1982)
Screenplay
First Blood (1982)
Screenplay
Rocky II (1979)
Screenplay
Paradise Alley (1978)
Screenplay
F.I.S.T. (1978)
Screenplay

Producer (Feature Film)

Creed 2 (2018)
Producer
Creed (2015)
Producer
Homefront (2013)
Producer
Rocky Balboa (2006)
Producer
Driven (2001)
Producer
Heart Of A Champion: The Ray Mancini Story (1985)
Executive Producer
Staying Alive (1983)
Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Grudge Match (2013)
Song Performer
Rhinestone (1984)
Song Performer
Paradise Alley (1978)
Song Performer

Dance (Feature Film)

Heart Of A Champion: The Ray Mancini Story (1985)
Choreographer
Rocky III (1982)
Choreographer
Rocky II (1979)
Choreographer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs (2017)
Other
The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films (2014)
Other
Bullet to the Head (2013)
Other
Kambakkht Ishq (2009)
Other
Burn, Hollywood, Burn (1997)
Other
Staying Alive (1983)
Other

Cast (Special)

John Ritter Remembered (2003)
Nickelodeon's 16th Annual Kids' Choice Awards (2003)
Back in the U.S. (2002)
Muhammad Ali's 60th Birthday Celebration (2002)
Presenter
Laureus World Sports Awards (2000)
Presenter
Assignment E! With Leeza Gibbons: Celebrity Charity Connections (1999)
The AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars (1999)
Hometown Heroes (1998)
Interviewee
75 Years of Laughter (1998)
Interviewee
Sylvester Stallone (1997)
Interviewee
The 67th Annual Academy Awards (1995)
Presenter
Planet Hollywood Comes Home (1995)
The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (1995)
What Is This Thing Called Love? (1993)
The Macho Men of the Movies With David Sheehan (1993)
The 64th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1992)
Presenter
Two Rooms: Tribute to Elton John & Bernie Taupin (1991)
The 19th Annual American Film Institute Life Achievement Award: A Salute to Kirk Douglas (1991)
Performer
Night of 100 Stars III (1990)
Sunday Night With Larry King (1990)
Premiere Presents: Christmas Movies '89 (1989)
The American Film Institute Salute to Billy Wilder (1986)
Performer

Misc. Crew (Special)

Hometown Heroes (1998)
Film Clips
The 69th Annual Academy Awards (1997)
Archival Footage

Life Events

1969

Enrolled in University of Miami; dropped out two years later to pursue acting career

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"

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

Returned as the titular boxer, wrote, and directed in "Rocky IV"

1985

First executive producer credit for TV-movie, "Heart of a Champion: The Ray Mancini Story"

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"

2014

Reprised the role of Barney Ross in "The Expendables 3"

2015

Played Rocky Balboa for a seventh time on screen in "Creed"

2016

Nominated for a second acting Oscar for his supporting role in "Creed"

2016

Voiced a role in the animated movie "Ratchet & Clank"

2016

Was the executive producer of the reality TV series "S.T.R.O.N.G."

2016

Was a producer on the gameshow "Ultimate Beastmaster"

2017

Appeared in the superhero sequel "Guardians of the Galaxy 2"

2018

Reprised role of Rocky Balboa yet again in "Creed II"; also wrote; after the film premiered, declared that he would be retiring the role

2019

Returned to his other most famous role, Rambo, in "Rambo 5"

Photo Collections

Rocky - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster from Rocky (1976), starring Sylvester Stallone. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters. This particular poster is from the 1977 reissue which notes the movie's Oscar wins.
Rocky - Pressbook
Here is the campaign book (pressbook) for Rocky (1976), starring Sylvester Stallone. Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.
Death Race 2000 - Pressbook
Here is the campaign book (pressbook) for Roger Corman's Death Race 2000 (1975). Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.

Videos

Movie Clip

Prisoner Of Second Avenue, The (1975) - People Have To Walk On These Streets In which Jack Lemmon, as unemployed advertising pro Mel, after therapy, bumps into Sylvester Stallone at 5th Ave. and East 68th, then races thru Central Park, with geographically incoherent shots, and eventually tackles him, in Neil Simon’s The Prisoner Of Second Avenue, released in 1975, the year before Stallone’s Rocky, 1976.
Bananas (1971) - I Could Open A Can Of Ribs We’re getting to know New York product-tester Fielding Mellish (co-writer and director Woody Allen), on the subway meeting thugs Anthony Caso and Sylvester Stallone (one of his earliest roles), then activist Nancy (the soon-to-be ex-Mrs. Allen) hustling signatures, in Bananas, 1971.
Lords Of Flatbush, The (1974) - I Eat Avenue J Wimpy (Paul Mace) enjoying pool and a testy exchange with Mambo (Bruce Reed), who recognizes him from his previous Brooklyn gang, when more "Lords," led by Stanley (Sylvester Stallone) arrive and assert themselves, in The Lords Of Flatbush, 1974.
Lords Of Flatbush, The (1974) - Four Egg Creams At their Brooklyn soda shop, Butchey (Henry Winkler), Wimpy (Paul Mace) and Stanley (Sylvester Stallone), who taunts pal Chico (Perry King) when he arrives, leading to some male dominance rites, in The Lords Of Flatbush, 1974.
Lords Of Flatbush, The (1974) - Homeroom Following scene setting and credits, the "Lords" show up in class; Wimpy, Stanley, Chico and Butchey (Paul Mace, Sylvester Stallone, Perry King, Henry Winkler), their teacher (Joan Neuman) helpless, in The Lords Of Flatbush, 1974.
Rocky (1977) - Meat Locker It's often forgotten that Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) was making a point to Paulie (Burt Young) when he first "invented" his meat-punching workout technique in Rocky, 1977.
Rocky (1977) - Cold Night Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) drops in on Adrian (Talia Shire) at the pet store after he's lost his locker at the gym in Rocky, 1977, from Stallone's script, directed by John G. Avildsen.
Rocky (1977) - Gonna Fly Now The famous training sequence cut to Bill Conti's "Gonna Fly Now" shows Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) racing through South Philadelphia winding up at the Museum of Art in Rocky, 1977.
Rocky (1977) - I Don't Belong Here Adrian (Talia Shire) is curious but not comfortable as she visits Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) in his apartment after their first date in Rocky, 1977.
Rocky (1977) - Like a Big Flag Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) enter the ring for the title fight in Rocky, 1977, written by Stallone and directed by John G. Avildsen.
Rocky (1977) - Mr. Jergens Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) assumes he's being considered as a sparring partner for the champ until he hears a mesmerising pitch from Jergens (Thayer David) in Rocky, 1977, from Stallone's screenplay.
Rocky (1977) - Opening Credits Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) is in the ring with club fighter Spider Rico (Pedro Lovell) leading into the opening credits for Rocky, from Stallone's script, directed by John G. Avildsen.

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Family

Frank Stallone Sr
Father
Retired beautician. Italian immigrant; divorced when Sylvester Stallone was ten; Sicilian immigrant.
Steve Levin
Step-Father
Physician. Married Jacqueline Stallone on November 13, 1998.
Jacqueline Stallone
Mother
Astrologer, former dancer. Born c. 1931; has been married several times; danced at Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe.
Frank Stallone
Brother
Actor, singer. Born on July 30, 1950.
Toni-Ann Dialto
Half-Sister
Mother, Jacqueline Stallone.
Dante Stallone
Half-Brother
Born in 1997; son of Frank Stallone Sr and his fourth wife.
Sage Stallone
Son
Actor. Born on May 5, 1976; mother, Sasha Stallone; made film debut in "Rocky V" (1990).
Seth Stallone
Son
Born c. 1979; mother, Sasha Stallone; autistic.
Sophia Rose Stallone
Daughter
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.
Sistine Rose Stallone
Daughter
Born on June 27, 1998; mother, Jennifer Flavin.
Scarlet Rose
Daughter
Born on May 25, 2002; mother, Jennifer Flavin.

Companions

Sasha Stallone
Wife
Married on December 28, 1974; divorced in 1985.
Brigitte Nielsen
Wife
Actor, model. Married on December 15, 1985 in Beverly Hills; divorced in 1987; acted together in "Rocky IV" (1985) and "Cobra" (1986).
Janine Turner
Companion
Actor. Dated.
Jennifer Flavin
Wife
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.
Janice Dickerson
Companion
Model. Believed Stallone to be the father of her daughter; when blood test proved otherwise, he ended relationship.
Angie Everhart
Companion
Model. Engaged to be married as of April 1995; no longer together as of June 1995.

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