Sylvester Stallone
Film actor, director, screenwriter and television presenter
Sylvester Stallone
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06 July 1946
home town
New York City, New York
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Alternative names
Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone
Birth name
Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone
State of California
Beverly Hills
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Demi Lovato Goes All 'Rocky' On Us, Knocks Out Sylvester Stallone
Huffington Post - about 1 month
During her “break” from the spotlight, media and saying shady things about Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato has apparently been working on her fitness the Ronda Rousey way. On Wednesday, the pop star shared a video of herself sparring with Rocky himself, aka Sylvester Stallone, at the Unbreakable Performance Center in Los Angeles.  In the video, the two circle each other as Lovato, donning pink boxing gloves, throws a mean couple of punches in Stallone’s direction. The “Rambo” actor gets in a swing or two, but it’s Lovato who comes out on top with a jab that knocks him down.  Just knocking out Rocky (@officialslystallone) easy day at @unbreakableperformance.. #nobigdeal #boxingLEGEND #thenewcreed #ROXYBALBOA #Rockysdaughter #unthinkableatunbreakable A video posted by Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) on Nov 2, 2016 at 12:16pm PDT “I slipped! I slipped. I swear it was an accident,” Stallone jokingly tells the camera after he recovers from the fall.  The two q ...
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'Rambo' being rebooted without Sylvester Stallone
LATimes - about 1 month
Today in Entertainment: Bob Dylan accepts Nobel Prize win and 'Rambo' will return without Sylvester Stallone Oct. 28, 2016, 4:05 p.m. Here's what's new and interesting in the world of entertainment and the arts today: 'Rambo' will return but without Sylvester StalloneBob Dylan finally responds...
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Republicans Are Having A Meltdown Over Bradley Cooper's Presence At The DNC
Huffington Post - 4 months
On Wednesday night, Bradley Cooper attended the Democratic National Convention in full-bearded glory. Of course, you already knew that because of the cameraman’s clearly evident love affair with the “American Sniper” actor. Politician does anything ... Bradley Cooper reaction shot! ... Nothing is happening ... Bradley Cooper reaction shot! ... Obama addresses the nation ... Bradley Cooper reaction shot! Cooper’s attendance with his model girlfriend, Irina Shayk, however, was not as well-received by a contingent of conservative Twitter users seemingly unable to discern the difference between real life and Hollywood films. The actor, of course, starred as U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in “American Sniper,” which, to no one’s surprise, became the go-to movie at conservative sleepovers.  But in his own life, Cooper is a tried-and-true Democrat, donating to Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2008, as well as supporting Obamacare and the president’s gun safety initiatives.  In the most ...
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Netflix teams up with Sylvester Stallone for international reality show
CNN - 7 months
What would a reality TV show like "Survivor" look like on Netflix?
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What to Watch Wednesday
NYTimes - 8 months
“The Last Panthers” mines a criminal underworld; Sylvester Stallone backs a new competition; and Lifetime introduces “UnReal: The Faith Diaries.”
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Mark Rylance Takes Home Award For Best Supporting Actor At The 2016 Oscars
Huffington Post - 9 months
Mark Rylance took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor at the 2016 Academy Awards.  Rylance won for his portrayal of Rudolf Abel in the Cold War thriller "Bridge of Spies." This is Rylance's first Oscar win and nomination.  "I don’t know how they separated the five of us from all the other supporting actors who are making films at the moment," Rylance said. "It's a wonderful time to be an actor, and I'm proud to be part of it."  Rylance, a renowned theater director, playwright and stage actor, garnered a lot of attention for his role as Abel. The English actor, who already has two Olivier awards and two Tonys, took home a BAFTA for his portrayal and also scored a Golden Globe nomination.  Competition was fierce in the supporting actor category, as Rylance was up against Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Mark Ruffalo and Sylvester Stallone.   On top of the Oscar, Rylance won a cute hug from Steven Spielberg, too. -- This feed and its contents are the ...
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Oscar Winners 2016 Include 'Spotlight,' Leonardo DiCaprio And Brie Larson
Huffington Post - 9 months
If you are reading this it means awards season is closed to or officially over. So let's take a deep breath. We made it.  Yes, the Oscars mark the end of awards season and it's sure to be quite the night. Chris Rock returns as host and is sure to give Hollywood what's coming to them.  On Sunday night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will honor what they deemed to be the best and brightest the film industry had to offer in 2015. At the start of the night, "The Revenant" led with 12 nominations, followed by "Mad Max: Fury Road" which nabbed 10. Meanwhile, "The Martian" garnered seven and "Spotlight," "Bridge of Spies" and "Carol" each collected six. Still, it could be anyone's night -- even Leonardo DiCaprio's since he's expected to finally score his first little gold man.  Check out the full list of Oscar Winners below: Best Picture "The Big Short"' "Bridge of Spies" "Brooklyn" "Mad Max: Fury Road" "The Martian" "The Revenant" "Room" "Spotlig ...
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50 shades of dreck? Steamy 'Grey' film tops Razzies as Hollywood's worst - 9 months
(Reuters) - The erotic box office hit "Fifty Shades of Grey" led the pack on Saturday for the annual Razzie Awards, "honoring" Hollywood's worst films, while "Rocky" star Sylvester Stallone punched his way to a special Redeemer award for his Oscar-nominated turn in "Creed."
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Watch: Sylvester Stallone on How His Career Changed After 'Rocky': Part 1
ABC News - 9 months
"Creed" actor spoke to Robin Roberts in the "Journey to the Oscars" special about his humble beginnings.
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Watch: Sylvester Stallone on Being a Struggling Actor in His Early Days
ABC News - 10 months
"Creed" actor sat down with ABC's Robin Roberts for the special, "Journey to the Oscars," airing Friday, Feb. 26 at 10 p.m. ET.
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The Carpetbagger: Sylvester Stallone on the Weakest Link in ‘Creed’: Himself
NYTimes - 10 months
The supporting-actor nominee says his career wasn’t “in free fall — it was caught in a cave somewhere.”
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Sylvester Stallone fought his way back to drama in 'Creed,' but don't expect him back for a sequel
Chicago Times - 10 months
Recently, while accepting a Critics' Choice award for supporting actor for his reprised role in the "Rocky" spinoff "Creed," Sylvester Stallone looked out at the crowd and mumbled, "Oh, my God," as they collectively rose and gave him a standing ovation. A few days later, sitting in a Beverly Hills...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sylvester Stallone
Born on July 6, 1946.
His mother opened a women's gymnasium called Barbella's in 1954.
Stallone's parents divorced when Sylvester was nine, and he eventually lived with his mother. When Stallone was 16, he scored poorly in school and his mother got him a summer job at her beauty salon. He attended Notre Dame Academy and Lincoln High School in Philadelphia, and Charlotte Hall Military Academy, prior to attending Miami Dade College and the University of Miami. While he was in Switzerland, Stallone started his career in films, with a minor role as a man eating in a diner, in the sports drama, Downhill Racer; Stallone was not credited for this appearance. Stallone had his first starring role in the soft core pornography feature film The Party at Kitty and Stud's (1970). He was paid for two days' work. Stallone later explained that he had done the film out of desperation after being evicted from his apartment and finding himself homeless for several days. He has also said that he slept three weeks in the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City prior to seeing a casting notice for the film. In the actor's words, "it was either do that movie or rob someone, because I was at the end – the very end – of my rope". The film was released several years later as Italian Stallion, in order to cash in on Stallone's newfound fame (the new title was taken from Stallone's nickname since Rocky and a line from the film).
In 1970, Stallone appeared in the film No Place to Hide, which was re-cut and retitled Rebel, the second version featuring Stallone as its star.
After the style of Woody Allen's What's Up, Tiger Lily?, this film, in 1990, was re-edited from outtakes from the original movie and newly shot matching footage, then redubbed into an award-winning parody of itself titled A Man Called... Rainbo. Stallone's other first few film roles were minor, and included brief uncredited appearances in Woody Allen's Bananas (1971) as a subway thug, in the psychological thriller Klute (1971) as an extra dancing in a club, and in the Jack Lemmon film The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975) as a youth. In the Lemmon film, Jack Lemmon's character chases, tackles and mugs Stallone, thinking that Stallone's character is a pickpocket.
He had his second starring role in The Lords of Flatbush, in 1974.
Stallone has been married three times. At age 28, on December 28, 1974, he married Sasha Czack from Pennsylvania.
The couple had two sons, Sage Moonblood (May 5, 1976 – July 13, 2012), who died of heart disease at age 36, and Seargeoh (b. 1979). His younger son was diagnosed with autism at an early age.
In 1975, he played supporting roles in Farewell, My Lovely; Capone; and Death Race 2000.
He made guest appearances on the TV series Police Story and Kojak. Stallone gained worldwide fame with his starring role in the smash hit Rocky (1976).
On March 24, 1975, Stallone saw the Muhammad Ali–Chuck Wepner fight.
That night Stallone went home, and after three days and 20 straight hours, he had written the script, but Stallone subsequently denied that Wepner provided any inspiration for it. Other possible inspirations for the film may have included Rocky Graziano's autobiography Somebody Up There Likes Me, and the movie of the same name. Wepner filed a lawsuit which was eventually settled with Stallone for an undisclosed amount. Stallone attempted to sell the script to multiple studios, with the intention of playing the lead role himself. Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff became interested and offered Stallone for the rights, but had their own casting ideas for the lead role, including Robert Redford and Burt Reynolds. Stallone refused to sell unless he played the lead character and eventually, after a substantial budget cut to compromise, it was agreed he could be the star.
Following the success of Rocky, Stallone made his directorial debut and starred in the 1978 film Paradise Alley, a family drama in which he played one of three brothers who enter the world of wrestling.
That same year he starred in Norman Jewison's F.I.S.T., a social drama in which he plays a warehouse worker, very loosely modeled on James Hoffa, who becomes involved in the labor union leadership.
Stallone's debut as a director came in 1978 with Paradise Alley, which he also wrote and starred in.
In addition, he directed Staying Alive, the sequel to Saturday Night Fever, along with Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV, Rocky Balboa, and Rambo. In August 2005, Stallone released his book Sly Moves which claimed to be a guide to fitness and nutrition as well as a candid insight into his life and works from his own perspective. The book also contained many photographs of Stallone throughout the years as well as pictures of him performing exercises. In addition to writing all six Rocky films, Stallone also wrote Cobra, Driven, and Rambo. He has co-written several other films, such as F.I.S.T., Rhinestone, Over the Top, and the first three Rambo films. His last major success as a co-writer came with 1993's Cliffhanger. In addition, Stallone has continued to express his passion in directing a film on Edgar Allan Poe's life, a script he has been preparing for years.
In 1979 he wrote, directed and starred in the sequel to his 1976 hit: Rocky II (replacing John G. Avildsen, who won an Academy Award for directing the first film), which also became a major success, grossing million.
In 1981 he starred alongside Michael Caine in Escape to Victory, a sports drama in which he plays a prisoner of war involved in a Nazi propaganda soccer game.
That same year he starred in the thriller Nighthawks, in which he plays a New York city cop who plays a cat and mouse game with a foreign terrorist, played by Rutger Hauer. Stallone launched another major franchise success, starring as Vietnam veteran John Rambo, a former Green Beret, in the action-war film First Blood (1982). The first installment of Rambo was both a critical and box office success. Critics praised Stallone's performance, saying he made Rambo seem human, as opposed to the way he is portrayed in the book of the same name. Three Rambo sequels, Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), Rambo III (1988) and Rambo (2008), followed. He also continued his box office success with the Rocky franchise and wrote, directed, and starred in two more sequels to the series: Rocky III (1982) and Rocky IV (1985). Stallone has portrayed these two characters in a total of eleven films. In preparation for these roles, Stallone embarked upon a vigorous training regimen which often meant six days a week in the gym and further sit ups in the evenings. Stallone claims to have reduced his body fat percentage to his all-time low of 2.8% for Rocky III. Stallone met former Mr. Olympia Franco Columbu to develop the appearance for Rocky IV and Rambo II films, just as if he were preparing for the Mr. Olympia competition.
During this time period, Stallone cultivated a strong overseas following. He also attempted, albeit unsuccessfully, roles in different genres. In 1984 he co-wrote and starred alongside Dolly Parton in the comedy film Rhinestone where he played a wannabe country music singer.
For the Rhinestone soundtrack, he performed a song. In 1987 he starred in the family drama Over the Top as a struggling trucker who tries to make amends with his estranged son. These films did not do well at the box office and were poorly received by critics.
It was around 1985 that Stallone was signed to a remake of the 1939 James Cagney classic Angels With Dirty Faces.
The film would form part of his multi-picture deal with Cannon Pictures and was to co-star Christopher Reeve and be directed by Menahem Golan. The re-making of such a beloved classic was met with disapproval by Variety and horror by top critic Roger Ebert. Cannon opted to make Cobra instead. Cobra (1986) and the buddy cop action film Tango & Cash (1989), the latter alongside Kurt Russell, did solid business domestically and blockbuster business overseas, grossing over million in foreign markets and over million worldwide. The 1990s began with Stallone starring in the fifth installment of the Rocky franchise, Rocky V. This film brought back the original film's director John G. Avildsen. It was considered a box office disappointment. He attempted the comedy genre, starring in two comedies during the early 1990s, the critical and commercial disasters Oscar (1991) and Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992).
The couple divorced on February 14, 1985.
He married model and actress Brigitte Nielsen on December 15, 1985, in Beverly Hills, California.
Stallone and Nielsen's marriage, which lasted two years, and their subsequent divorce, were highly publicized by the tabloid press.
In 1993, he made a comeback with the hit Cliffhanger, which was a success in the US, grossing million, but even more successful worldwide, grossing million.
Later that year, he starred with Wesley Snipes in the futuristic action film Demolition Man, which grossed over million worldwide.
His string of hits continued with 1994's The Specialist (over million worldwide gross).
In 1995, he played the futuristic character Judge Dredd (from the British comic book 2000 AD) in the eponymous film Judge Dredd.
His overseas box office appeal saved the domestic box office disappointment of Judge Dredd, which cost almost million and barely made its budget back, with a worldwide tally of million. He also appeared in the thriller Assassins (1995) with Julianne Moore and Antonio Banderas.
In 1996, he starred in the disaster film Daylight.
That same year, Stallone, along with an all-star cast of celebrities, appeared in the Trey Parker and Matt Stone short comedy film "Your Studio and You" commissioned by the Seagram Company for a party celebrating their acquisition of Universal Studios and the MCA Corporation. Stallone speaks in his Rocky Balboa voice with subtitles translating what he is saying. At one point, Stallone starts yelling about how can they use his Balboa character, that he left it in the past; the narrator calms him with a wine cooler and calling him "brainiac." In response, Stallone says, "Thank you very much." He then looks at the wine cooler and exclaims, "Stupid cheap studio!" Following his breakthrough performance in Rocky, critic Roger Ebert had stated that Stallone could become the next Marlon Brando, though he barely recaptured the critical acclaim achieved with Rocky. Stallone did go on to receive acclaim for his role in the crime drama Cop Land (1997), in which he starred alongside Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta. His performance led him to win the Stockholm International Film Festival Best Actor Award.
In May 1997, Stallone married Jennifer Flavin, with whom he has three daughters: Sophia, Sistene, and Scarlet.
After Stallone's request that his acting and life experiences be accepted in exchange for his remaining needed college credits to graduate, he was granted a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree by the president of the University of Miami, in 1999. In 2006, Stallone partnered with a beverage company producing an upscale bottled water brand called Sly Water. In 2007, customs officials in Australia discovered 48 vials of the synthetic human growth hormone Jintropin in his luggage. His 48-year-old half-sister, Toni Ann Filiti, died of lung cancer on August 26, 2012, six weeks after the death of his son, Sage. She died at their mother Jackie Stallone's Santa Monica home, after choosing to leave UCLA hospital. In the 2010s, Stallone started sporting tattoos on his shoulders, chest, and upper back to cover the scars he had accumulated over the years in action films. The first tattoo he had was a portrait of Flavin, followed by three roses representing their daughters. He first displayed these tattoos on-screen in The Expendables.
In 1998 he did voice-over work for the computer-animated film Antz, which was a big hit domestically.
In 2000, Stallone starred in the thriller Get Carter – a remake of the 1971 British Michael Caine film of the same name—but the film was poorly received by both critics and audiences.
Stallone's career declined considerably after his subsequent films Driven (2001), Avenging Angelo (2002) and D-Tox (2002) also underachieved expectations to do well at the box office and were poorly received by critics.
In 2003, he played a villainous role in the third installment of the Spy Kids trilogy Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over which was a huge box office success (almost million worldwide).
Stallone also had a cameo appearance in the 2003 French film Taxi 3 as a passenger.
Following several poorly reviewed box office flops, Stallone started to regain prominence for his supporting role in the neo-noir crime drama Shade (2003) which was only released in a limited fashion but was praised by critics. He was also attached to star and direct a film tentatively titled Rampart Scandal, which was to be about the murder of rappers Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. and the surrounding Los Angeles Police Department corruption scandal. It was later titled Notorious but was shelved.
In 2005, he was the co-presenter, alongside Sugar Ray Leonard, of the NBC Reality television boxing series The Contender.
That same year he also made a guest appearance in two episodes of the television series Las Vegas.
In 2005, Stallone also inducted wrestling icon Hulk Hogan, who appeared in Rocky III as a wrestler named Thunderlips, into the WWE Hall of Fame; Stallone was also the person who offered Hogan the cameo in Rocky III.
After a three-year hiatus from films, Stallone made a comeback in 2006 with the sixth installment of his successful Rocky series, Rocky Balboa, which was a critical and commercial hit.
After the critical and box office failure of the previous installment Rocky V, Stallone had decided to write, direct and star in a sixth installment which would be a more appropriate climax to the series. The total domestic box office came to .3 million (and million worldwide). The budget of the movie was only million. His performance in Rocky Balboa has been praised and garnered mostly positive reviews. Stallone's fourth installment of his other successful movie franchise is titled simply Rambo. The film opened in 2,751 theaters on January 25, 2008, grossing on its opening day and over its opening weekend. Its box office was worldwide with a budget of million.
Asked in February 2008 which of the icons (Rocky or Rambo) he would rather be remembered for, Stallone said "it's a tough one, but Rocky is my first baby, so Rocky."
In 2008, Stallone endorsed Arizona Senator John McCain for that year's presidential election.
This notwithstanding, he has been harshly criticized as hypocritical by conservatives for his "pro-" stance on gun control after a career portraying gun-toting celluloid heroes, and derided for supporting alleged "RINO" candidates.
The Expendables was Stallone's big success of 2010.
The movie, which was filmed during summer/winter 2009, was released on August 13, 2010. Stallone wrote, directed and starred in the movie. Joining him in the film were fellow action stars Jason Statham, Jet Li, and Dolph Lundgren, as well as Terry Crews, Mickey Rourke, Randy Couture, Eric Roberts, and Stone Cold Steve Austin, and cameos by fellow '80s action icons Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The movie took in its opening weekend, going straight in at No. 1 in the US box office. The figure marked the biggest opening weekend in Stallone's career. In summer 2010, Brazilian company O2 Filmes released a statement saying it was still owed more than million for its work on the film. A sequel, The Expendables 2 was released August 17, 2012, to a positive critical reception of 67% on Rotten Tomatoes, as opposed to the original's 41%. As well as returning cast members from the first film, the ensemble cast also included Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris.
In 2013, Stallone starred in the action film Bullet to the Head, directed by Walter Hill, based upon Alexis Nolent's French graphic novel Du Plomb Dans La Tete.
Also in 2013, he starred in the action thriller Escape Plan, along with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Caviezel, and in the sports comedy Grudge Match alongside Robert De Niro.
Stallone expressed interest in making a remake of the Spanish film No Rest for the Wicked and to star in a fifth Rambo film but both projects are now shelved. The Expendables 3, the third installment in the ensemble action film series was released on August 15, 2014. The returning ensemble cast also added Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford.
He received critical raves, as well as his first Golden Globe Award and third Academy Award nomination, for reprising the role of Rocky Balboa in Ryan Coogler's 2015 film Creed.
Stallone was born in New York City, the elder son of Frank Stallone, Sr. (1919–2011), a hairdresser and beautician, and Jacqueline "Jackie" Stallone (née Labofish), an astrologer, former dancer, and promoter of women's wrestling. Stallone's father was born in Gioia del Colle, Apulia, Italy, and immigrated to the United States in the 1930s. Stallone's mother is of half French (from Brittany) and half Jewish (from Soviet Union, Odessa) descent. His younger brother is actor and musician Frank Stallone. Complications his mother suffered during labor forced her obstetricians to use two pairs of forceps during his birth; misuse of these accidentally severed a nerve and caused paralysis in parts of Stallone's face. As a result, the lower left side of his face is paralyzed – including parts of his lip, tongue, and chin – an accident which has given Stallone his snarling look and slightly slurred speech. Stallone was baptized Catholic. Around the age of 4, Stallone was flat-footed and put in a tap dancing school by his mother. His father moved the family to Washington, D.C. in the early 1950s, where he opened a beauty school.
In 2015, Stallone reprised his role as Rocky Balboa in a spin-off-sequel film, Creed, which focused on the son of his deceased friend/rival, Apollo Creed, becoming a boxer.
The film, directed by Ryan Coogler, received critical acclaim. Portraying the iconic cinematic boxer for the seventh time, Stallone's portrayal of the character received widespread acclaim and accolades, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, and his third Academy Award nomination; this time for Best Supporting Actor. Stallone will also appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, scheduled for a 2017 release.
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