Sylvester Stallone Biography |
  • Sylvester Stallone Biography

    Born: June 07, 1946 in New York City, New York, USA

    SYLVESTER STALLONE has been known worldwide as a true screen legend since creating the title role in the seminal 1976 Oscar®-winning Best Picture "Rocky," for which he also wrote the screenplay. Over the course of his long career, he has been recognized for his work as an actor, writer and director.

    A cultural phenomenon, "Rocky" grew into a six-film franchise, successfully spanning four decades. He wrote, directed and starred in "Rocky II, III and IV," and wrote and starred in "Rocky V." Stallone brought the character's story to a close in 2006 with the critical and box office hit "Rocky Balboa," which he also wrote and directed. That year, to commemorate one of the most iconic scenes in motion picture history, a bronze statue of Rocky Balboa was placed at the foot of the now-famous steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum—called the "Rocky steps"—at a dedication ceremony presided over by the mayor.

    Beginning with the 1982 blockbuster "First Blood," Stallone has also embodied another indelible character: John Rambo. Following that film, for which he also wrote the screenplay, he wrote and starred in "Rambo: First Blood Part II" and "Rambo III." In 2008, he directed, wrote and starred in "Rambo," which continued the saga of the scarred Vietnam vet more than 25 years after his screen introduction.

    Stallone more recently wrote and directed perhaps his most ambitious project to date, the action thriller "The Expendables," in which he also led an all-star cast, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li and Dolph Lundgren. The film opened at number one in August 2010, making Stallone the only actor to open a film at number one in five consecutive decades. In 2012, he co-wrote and starred in "The Expendables 2," which reunited the cast, this time under the direction of Simon West.

    Upcoming, Stallone stars with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the action thriller "The Tomb," and then stars opposite Robert De Niro in "Grudge Match," to be directed by Peter Segal. In addition, he wrote and is producing "Homefront," directed by Gary Fleder and starring Jason Statham and James Franco.

    This past fall, he saw his most famous character recreated on the stage, when the musical "Rocky" bowed to critical and audience applause in Hamburg, Germany. A production of Stage Entertainment, it is based on the character and story created by Stallone.

    Born in New York City, Stallone attended school in suburban Philadelphia, where he first started acting and also became a star football player. He then spent two years instructing at the American College of Switzerland in Geneva. Returning to the United States, he enrolled as a drama major at the University of Miami and also began to write. Stallone left college to pursue an acting career in New York City, but the jobs did not come easily. During this period, he turned more and more to writing, churning out screenplays while waiting for his acting break. The opportunity came in 1974 when he was cast as one of the leads in "The Lords of Flatbush." He also received his first writing credit for "additional dialogue" on that film.

    With the money earned from the film, Stallone moved to Hollywood, where he landed a few small roles in television and movies. He also continued to pursue writing. Fighter Rocky Balboa was born in a script Stallone wrote in longhand. Several producers offered to buy the screenplay, but wanted to cast a name star in the title role. Despite being nearly broke, he held fast in his determination to play the part, and his perseverance was finally rewarded. The film not only won the Oscar® for Best Picture, it also brought Stallone Oscar®, BAFTA Award, and Golden Globe nominations for both Best Actor and Best Screenplay, as well as a Writers Guild of America Award nomination. The rest, as they say, is history.

    Apart from the "Rocky," "Rambo" and "Expendables" movies, Stallone went on to write, direct and star in "Paradise Alley"; and write and star in such films as "F.I.S.T."; "Cobra"; "Over the Top"; "Cliffhanger"; and "Driven," which he also produced.

    Stallone earned praise from critics and audiences for his performance in the 1997 drama "Cop Land." His long list of acting film credits also includes "Avenging Angelo," "Get Carter," "Daylight," "Assassins," "The Specialist," "Demolition Man," "Tango & Cash," "Victory" and "Nighthawks."

    For television, he was associated with "The Contender," a powerful unscripted series that aired on the NBC Television Network and then ESPN.

    Stallone has been honored globally for his contributions to film, especially to the action genre. In 2002, Stallone was named the Action Star of the Millennium by the Video Dealers Software Association. In 2004, he won Germany's Golden Camera Award for Best International Actor; in 2008, the Zurich Film Festival presented him with their Inaugural Golden Icon Award, recognizing his achievements as a great American Actor and Filmmaker; and in 2009, the Venice Film Festival honored Stallone with their Glory to the Filmmaker Award.

    In 2010, in anticipation of the opening of "The Expendables," Stallone won the GUYcon Award at Spike TV's Guy's Choice Awards, presented by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He also won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Film Festival, and the Visionary Award at the Hollywood Reporter's Key Art Awards. In addition, at the 2010 Comic-Con, he became the first inductee into the IGN Action Hero Hall of Fame. In 2012, he received the Career Achievement Award at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, and he was also presented with the honor of the Lupa Capitoline (The Capitoline Wolf) by the Mayor of Rome.

    Stallone is one of the founding partners in Planet Hollywood, the internationally famous chain of entertainment complexes that includes the Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort and Casino.

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