Sylvester Stallone Biography
Sylvester Stallone, a renowned American actor, has established himself as one of the most accomplished actors of all time, particularly in the realm of action roles. He and Arnold Schwarzenegger are considered to be the most iconic action stars in history. Stallone’s illustrious career includes his lead roles in the Rocky and Rambo series, which are widely recognized as cinematic classics. He has been recognized for his exceptional performances with two Academy Award nominations. Among his notable films are Escape Plan, Expendables Series, Judge Dredd, Demolition Man, and The Specialist.
Born on July 6, 1946, in New York to Frank and Jacky Stallone, Sylvester Stallone is of Italian, Ukrainian, and French ancestry. Unfortunately, his mother faced complications during childbirth that resulted in the lower left side of his body being paralyzed, which also affected his voice. When Stallone was nine, his parents separated, and he remained with his mother following their divorce.
In 1970, Sylvester Stallone found himself starring in a softcore porn film titled The Party at Kitty and Studs. Despite the film’s questionable nature, Stallone accepted the role due to financial difficulties, receiving a meagre payment of $200. However, following the success of Rocky, the film was re-released as Italian Stallion. Stallone’s fortunes changed drastically in 1976, as he starred in Rocky, a film for which he had written the script himself.
He was insistent on playing the lead role of boxer Rocky Balboa, telling producers that he would only allow them to invest in the film if he was cast. Rocky’s incredible success resulted in Stallone being nominated for two Academy Awards. In 1982, Stallone launched his second successful action franchise, Rambo: First Blood, playing the character of John Rambo, a war veteran. At this time, he was considered one of the most dominant figures in Hollywood, with his only competition coming from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator series. The Rocky and Rambo film series is widely regarded as the finest examples of action classics. Stallone has since released six Rocky instalments and four Rambo instalments, with the latest addition to both series being released in 2016.
Beginning in 2010, Sylvester Stallone launched a new action franchise, The Expendables, which featured a star-studded cast of the biggest names in action films from the 1980s. The series includes performances from legends such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Steve Austin, and Jason Statham. The Expendables 4, the latest addition to the series, is expected to be rated R.