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Sylvester Stallone
Also known as: Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone
Actor • Director • Screenplay • Special Appearances • Writer • Producer • Voice Cast
Born: July 6, 1946 in New York City, New York, U.S.A.
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In the course of an illustrious acting career spanning around five decades, Sylvester Stallone aka Sly has immortalised some of the most iconic characters in American cinema, the lionhearted boxer Rocky Balboa and the daredevil soldier John Rambo to name a few. The celebrated actor, producer and filmmaker is also only the third person in the history of Academy Awards to be chosen for both acting and writing honours in the same year, after Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles.

Stallone started out in Hollywood in the 1970s, appearing in both starring and uncredited roles in a number of films that went largely unnoticed. Among these were the softcore adult film The Party at Kitty and Stud`s (1970), No Place to Hide (1973), the drama The Lords of Flatbush (1974) and the black comedy The Prisoner of Second Avenue(1975). Subsequently, Stallone got the big break of his career with the sports drama Rocky (1976), which he wrote and starred in. The film, which recounted the rags to riches story of a small-time boxer who takes on the world heavyweight champion, was made at a modest budget of $1 million and went on to earn over $225 million at the box office. Hailed as one of the greatest sports films ever made, Rocky also earned as many as 10 Academy Award nominations (two for Stallone, in Best Actor and Best Screenplay categories), and won three: for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Editing. The film has since spawned as many as seven sequels, Rocky II (1979), Rocky III (1982), Rocky IV (1985), Rocky V (1990), Rocky Balboa (2006), Creed (2015) and Creed 2 (2018).

Following the success of the Rocky film franchise, the actor went on to become one of the biggest action stars of the 1980s. His enormous success in this genre was accentuated by the Rambo film series, which began with the 1982 movie First Blood and has since been followed up by Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), Rambo III (1988), John Rambo (2008) and Rambo: Last Blood (2019). Though he did try to diversify his repertoire in the 1990s through comedies like Oscar (1991) and Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992), the mainstay of Stallone`s career continued to be the action genre. The buddy cop action film Tango and Cash (1988), the sci-fi action comedy Demolition Man (1993), the action adventure film Cliffhanger (1993), the spy thriller The Specialist (1994) and the disaster thriller Daylight (1996) were some of the actor`s other notable film credits before his career went on a downward spiral in the 2000s.

Following a string of disappointments both in terms of critical reception and box office performance, Stallone registered a strong comeback in the latter half of 2000s by resurrecting both Rocky and Rambo - writing, directing and starring in the sixth installment of the former in 2006, and the fourth installment of the latter in 2008. The veteran actor followed up the success of these films with The Expendables film series (2010-), which has so far produced three films featuring an ensemble cast that have grossed over $800 million at the box office worldwide. In 2016, Sly earned the second Oscar nomination of his career for his performance in Creed (2015), almost four decades since the same role earned him his maiden nomination in Rocky (1976). The superhero film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), the action film Escape Plan 2: Hades (2018) and the sports drama Creed 2 (2018) are among Stallone`s other significant acting credits in recent times.
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Sistine Rose Stallone
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Did You Know? (5)

  • While he was filming Rocky IV, Sylvester Stallone asked Dolph Lundgren to punch him as hard as he could and ended up in intensive care. Years later, he broke his neck while filming a fight scene for The Expendables.
  • Abstract oil painting is one of Sylvester Stallone's hobbies.
  • In 2011, Sylvester Stallone joined Mike Tyson as an inductee into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
  • Sylvester Stallone's clothing line Sly Inc is inspired by the time he experienced a dramatic weight change between Rocky 2 and Rocky 3.
  • Sylvester Stallone loves the writer Edgar Allan Poe so much, that he has been developing a biopic of the writer for the last ten years.
  • Personal Quotes (24)

  • "I have all kinds of chest injuries; I tore my vein during 'Rocky II' and had 60 stitches. If you've seen 'Rocky Balboa,' you'll know how bad they look."
  • "People that spend time in a foxhole - they're never going to find that relationship anywhere else again... Everything else pales next to that. When you think about the Second World War vets - more than even the Vietnam vets - there's a brotherhood."
  • "All good actors are unpredictable, and a little crazy in a good way, because they feel more secure playing other people than themselves."
  • "I never quite understood these actors - though I envy them sometimes - who can lie out for a year or two. I feel as though time is a real pressing issue, and I want to get as much work done in the time that I have left."
  • "When I tried to branch out into comedy, I didn't do very well at it, so I went back to doing what I do naturally well, or what the audience expects from me - action pictures."
  • "There's no one in the world close to Arnold Schwarzenegger. He is a phenomenon. He's brilliant. Just because his physique belies that, don't underestimate him."
  • "At the end of the day, 'Rocky' is a love story, and he could never have reached the final bell without Adrian."
  • "People asked if I could have played the Terminator. Are you kidding? Not a chance, I never could have played the Terminator."
  • "Now it really is, believe it or not, 90% of the films are green lit, not by the studio heads, but by the marketing department."
  • "I am not the richest, smartest or most talented person in the world, but I succeed because I keep going and going and going."
  • "If you think people are inherently good, you get rid of the police for 24 hours - see what happens."
  • "A lot of guys have muscles. A lot of strong men in this world. I think it's important to show that even under all this strength there's a fragile side, a side that can be affected."
  • "I'm always looking for a new challenge. There are a lot of mountains to climb out there. When I run out of mountains, I'll build a new one."
  • "You have to be really loyal to the people that supported you when you were coming up."
  • "I've been involved in something which was chaotic and insane. All I can say now is that I am, and intend to stay, a single man."
  • "When you're on top and you lead the parade, everyone's there throwing lilies and lilac water on your head. But when those parades have gone by and there's a storm in your heart, there are very few people that are going to sit there and listen to you bemoan life."
  • "Every time I've failed, people had me out for the count, but I always come back. When I'm doing a movie, I eat the same thing every day. For lunch, it's tuna salad or chicken salad and cole slaw. That's it. For dinner it's either veal and rice, fish and rice or steak and rice. It gets boring; boy, does it get boring."
  • "I used to tweet, but it's an act of futility. You're not really making any impact, and if you find yourself in a mood when you wanna be a bit controversial and you post something, you suddenly realise, 'Oh my God!' because you've opened yourself up to a bunch of criticism from strangers."
  • "'Rocky' represents the optimistic side of life, and 'Rambo' represents purgatory."
  • "Some actors are brilliant character guys. They submerge."
  • "Nothing's harder than writing. There's no comparison. With directing, you can bounce a lot of ideas around. There's tremendous support - you've got editors and sound mixers. With writing, it's all you, and it's just crippling when people tear up your pages."
  • "I think kids growing up, if they were picked on and feeling inferior at 12, they're going to feel that way at 72. You just deal with it better. I'm serious."
  • "When I saw 'Hercules,' my mind just exploded because I was extremely thin; I was insecure. I literally ran out of the theatre and started lifting things, anything I could think of - milk crates. I'm still lifting things. It changed my life."
  • "I've kind of fashioned my life after a Slinky. Bend me in a million shapes, and eventually I'll spring back to what I originally was."
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