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Sylvester Stallone
Early years

Stallone was born to Frank Stallone Sr. (a beautician who was an immigrant from Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily) and Jacqueline "Jackie" Labofish, an American astrologer of 1/4 Russian Jewish descent. A forceps accident during his birth severed a facial nerve, leaving Stallone with parts of his lip, tongue, and chin paralyzed. In doing so, the accident imprinted Stallone with some of the most recognizable components of his persona: the distinctively slurred (and some say often nearly incomprehensible) speech patterns, drooping lower lip, and crooked left eye that have been eagerly seized upon by caricaturists. To compound these defects, Stallone was a homely, sickly child who once suffered from rickets.

When he was five, his parents moved their family to Silver Spring, MD, but once again spent their time bickering and largely ignored their children. Following his parents' divorce in 1957, the 11-year-old Stallone remained with his stern father. The actor's teen years proved even more traumatic. As Stallone seemed willing to do just about anything for attention, however negative, he had already been enrolled in 12 schools and expelled several times for his behavior problems. His grades were dreadful and his classmates picked on him for being different.

Stallone coped by becoming a risk taker and developing elaborate fantasies in which he presented himself as a brave hero and champion of the underdog. At age 15, Stallone moved to Philadelphia to be with his mother and her new husband. By this time, he had begun lifting weights and was enrolled in Devereaux High School, a facility for emotionally disturbed children. There he took up fencing, football, and the discus. He also started appearing in school plays.

Following graduation, Stallone received an athletic scholarship for the American College of Switzerland. While there he was a girls' athletic coach and in his spare time starred in a school production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. The experience inspired him to become an actor and after returning stateside, he started studying drama at the University of Miami until he decided to move to New York in 1969.

Sylvester Stallone
First career steps

Stallone's career began with an appearance in a soft-core pornographic film called Party at Kitty and Stud's. The film was originally hard core and depicted sexual acts, but the repackaging was censored to have scenes end just before any hard core action would take place. After Stallone's later success the film was re-packaged as The Italian Stallion.

Stallone's first film roles were very small. He played a subway thug in Woody Allen's Bananas (1971) and had a brief appearance in the Jack Lemmon vehicle The Prisoner Of Second Avenue (1974). He had a starring role in the cult hit The Lords Of Flatbush (1974). In 1975 he was featured in Farewell, My Lovely, Capone and another cult hit Death Race 2000. Stallone also appeared in guest shots on the popular television series' Police Story and Kojak.

Stallone did not gain wide fame until his starring role in the smash hit Rocky, (1976), awarded the Academy Award for Best Picture. Stallone had written the screenplay and had tried to sell it to a Hollywood studio for years, finally succeeding, and with the rider that he would play the lead. Rocky was nominated for ten Academy Awards in all, including two for Stallone himself, for Best Actor and for Best Original Screenplay. In addition to winning Best Picture, Rocky won for Best Director and Best Film Editing.

Rocky cost about $1.1 million to make, and grossed about $225 million worldwide. Stallone had been a lifelong boxing fan and used "Bayonne Bleeder" Chuck Wepner's surprising performance in his 1975 title bout with Muhammad Ali as partial inspiration for the plot.

Stallone's subsequent attempts to expand his range floundered and he was forced to return to the Rocky franchise a number of times (1979, 1982, 1985, and 1990) to pay for the flops. This link with boxing later extended to hosting reality TV show The Contender. He tried his hand at directing as well as writing with Rocky II, III and IV. With the monetary success of the Rocky films, Stallone gave professional wrestler Hulk Hogan his first mainstream exposure, as the character Thunderlips in 1982's Rocky III, two years before Hogan hit it big as the champion of the World Wrestling Federation.

Sylvester Stallone
Next films

Stallone has also directed and co-written several other films, such as Tango and Cash and the sequel to Saturday Night Fever, Staying Alive. His other early successes were as John Rambo in First Blood, released in (1982), and its sequels, Rambo: First Blood Part II, and Rambo III.

Stallone made a profitable return to action fare with two 1993 hits: the mountain-climbing adventure "Cliffhanger", which he co-wrote, and the satirical futuristic fightfest "Demolition Man". Paired with Sharon Stone, he continued on the hit parade with "The Specialist" (1994), a pyrotechnical thriller that did moderate business stateside but went over like gangbusters overseas. By the end of that year, Stallone was the highest paid performer in Hollywood. In December 1994, Savoy Pictures agreed to advance him $20 million against 20 percent of the gross for a then unnamed action-adventure film to be produced in 1996.

The following year Stallone averaged $20 million per picture and signed a multi-picture deal with Universal wherein he would receive at least $60 million for his next three films. His $75 million sci-fi comic-book movie "Judge Dredd" (1995), however, crashed and burned at the domestic box office as did "Assassins" (also 1995), which teamed him with Antonio Banderas. He followed up with the actioner "Daylight" (1996) for which he earned a reported $17.5 million as an emergency worker who must rescue people trapped in NYC's Holland Tunnel. Stallone surprised many by forgoing his usual salary and signing to co-star with Robert De Niro and an all-star cast in James Mangold's modestly budgeted ($15 million) independent film " Cop Land " (1997). In the latter, Stallone played a hearing-impaired New Jersey lawman who must investigate New York City cops.

Despite earning relatively good notices, though, the actor did not experience a bounce in his career. Too long associated with action heroes, he could not overcome the typecasting. Stallone did provide the voice for Weaver, the soldier ant buddy to Woody Allen's Z, in the animated "Antz" (1998) but it was another two years before he was seen on screen again, this time in yet action crime drama, the remake of "Get Carter" (2000). Audiences saw the Stallone they had come to expect, the tough guy lead. He continued in the same vein with "D-Tox" (2001), playing an alcoholic FBI agent, and in "Champs" (also 2001), teamed with Burt Reynolds for a drama set in the world of CART racing. Stallone showed his sillier side when he took on the role of the antic villain The Toymaker in the sequel "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over" (2003).

Sylvester Stallone
Reality television

Stallone's fortunes shifted to another medium: reality television. Following in the successful template of "The Apprentice," producer Mark Burnett paired Stallone – as the star of Hollywood's most well-known boxing-themed film – and boxing champ Sugar Ray Leonard with a reality concept that promised to annoint the next great prizefighter. "The Contender" (NBC, 2005) utilized Stallone as both host and a mentor to the 16 hopefulls vying for a career as a professional fighter as well as a $1 million prize. Well-reviewed and highly dramatic, the series nevertheless had a difficult time finding a wide audience.

Stallone raised eyebrows with a 2005 announcement that, at age 60, he would reprise his role as boxer Rocky Balboa for a sixth Rocky movie, tentatively titled "Rocky Balboa," that will see the legendary prize fighter coming out of retirement to mount yet another heavyweight comeback. He then was set to reprise his role as Rambo in a new feature, with production set to begin after he wrapped the new Rocky film.

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Whats up
Written by Tamara aka Pooh on 2006-06-20 15:29:56
Whats up i love ur movies and u r so cool and i just want to say keep up the good work and u r cute bye
Almost like friends
Written by Jenifer Norfolk on 2006-07-11 05:08:33
Hey Slick, I know you use Slick, You met my brother and a good friend of mine in Sturgis. Ate Snake with my brother, Allan and my friend Bruce. Not to mention, my father's girlfriend knew one of your friends in Maryland (I believe the family were Shoemakers) I may be wrong about what they did for a living. Anyways, I think you are quite an actor. Keep it up. Love ya!
I was your idea person!!
Written by Jimmy Marsiglia on 2006-08-08 18:25:59
Sly; I am the guy that wrote to you about having your son in your last Rocky movie 15 or years ago.Here is another suggestion.How about your Dad that you haven't seen that was a world war two marine and nobody heard from him after coming back home.They called him lucky because he never got shot and could climb anywhere knocking out machine gun nests.HE ROAMED THE STREETS AS A DRUNK/bum FOR YEARS,BRAGGING TO PEOPLE Rocky B was his son.Got a million ideas for you sly.call me !! Jim Marsiglia 3583 Long Rd. Avon,Ohio 44011 Cell#440-670-1759 Hm# 440-934-6767
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Written by SP Nair on 2006-08-16 01:41:08
Hello, Haven't seen many of ur movies but I'm a big fan of Yours. What I like about you is the charisma & simplicity that reflects on your face. Wishing you luck & fortune for a bright future.
few words for sylvester stallone
Written by chyanit singh on 2006-08-17 07:23:53
u r my favourite actor i really like u and your movies.i love u god bless u
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Written by chyanit singh on 2006-08-17 07:32:49
i live in india i really love your movies.i like u so much.my favourite movie is rockie 4 i loved it. take care look forward to see u in rocky 6
sylvester 4 life
Written by lauren powers on 2006-09-11 03:07:37
hey sylvester... i am a MASSIVE fan of urs! i think u rock!!! i swear 2 god, ur da best! i cant wait 4 rambo 4!!! john rambo is my god... lol lub lauren xoxo
rambo rocky
Written by chris on 2007-01-18 22:49:39
stallone is the man!!!! no actor come near to him., i am an italian and live by ur movies,,,,,number 1 and will always be the best
Written by Cricket (INDIA) on 2007-10-13 06:13:06
BABY i LOVE UR WAY EVERY DAY (UB40 FOR u).... HI Darling , U r an explosive source of inspiration . I consider U as my FRIEND, u KNOW WHY? I dont know much about ur personal life but feel that Ur a passion full fighter & with a loving & caring person(ality)tooooo. I fill very encouraged when I see U, MAN the roomantic scenes oooooo. Truly Ur a BRILLIANT ACTOR. My Boyfriend feels sometimes jealous of U, but U know he is very cutee(I know u 'll understand ). Hoping that I will meet U 1 day for sure & U'll b my friend for sure. Friendship is like Violin, Music may stop now & then ... but strings r always attached forever. Likewise even though we'll be in touch or not U r always remembered. TAKE CARE DEAR SYLVESTER, LOVE U.
Sly is the best
Written by Leo on 2008-04-10 06:48:25
Rocky is my favourite movie..also rambo..speccialy rambo 4..it is the best movie ever yet.. Sly you're cool..your eyes n ypur lips very2 cool..adrian i did it is my fav words.. Regard ur big fan, LEO
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