Sylvester Stallone is a globally acclaimed Hollywood actor who is best known for portraying the role of boxer Rocky Balboa and Vietnam War veteran John Rambo. He’s one of the biggest action film entertainers in the Hollywood film industry with many blockbusters to his name. Besides being a very good actor, Sylvester Stallone is also a very successful story writer, director, and producer. He scripted the story of his Academy Award-winning boxing film Rocky (1976).
His films Rocky and First Blood (1982) were a huge success at the box office and the success of these film franchises got his name on the A-listed Hollywood actors. After a few setbacks, he made a brilliant comeback with the film Expendables (2010) which went on to become a profitable venture. He also revived the Rocky franchise with Creed (2015). This film was well-received by critics and film audiences and it garnered his first Golden Globe win and another Oscar nomination.
Sylvester Stallone’s Early Life
Stallone was born on July 6, 1946, in New York City. Stallone had a difficult childhood because of his droopy visage which was the result of a forceps accident at the time of his birth. Due to the complications at the time of his birth, a nerve was severed in the accident, and this left him with slurred speech.
There were a lot of complications in his family relationships and he along with his younger brother, Frank, had to suffer a lot because of their parents’ hostile relationship. His parents soon divorced each other in 1957 and Stallone had to spend his childhood in foster care. Later Stallone moved with his father to Washington, D.C. at the age of five. Stallone struggled a lot academically and was expelled from several schools. Later he moved with his mother and attended the American College in Switzerland, where he studied drama. He left schooling to pursue a career in acting.
Sylvester Stallone’s Acting Career
Sylvester Stallone struggled a lot during the early days of his acting career. From taking up odd jobs like cleaning the lions’ cages at the Central Park Zoo, and he also appeared in the adult film called The Party at Kitty and Stud’s (1970). He also portrayed small characters in films like Woody Allen’s Bananas (1971) and Klute (1971), which soon followed.
It was during this period of his career where he started working on the script of the film Rocky. It was a brilliant script and many came forward to produce it but Stallone refused to sell the script unless he was allowed to star in it. No producers were willing to cast him for Rocky until he met two producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff who agreed to let him play the lead.
Sylvester Stallone’s ‘Rocky’ and ‘Rambo’ Franchise
The film ‘Rocky’ was theoretically released in 1976 and directed by John G. Avildsen. Upon its release, the film went on to become a blockbuster and was received well by both critics and the film audience. This film got 10 Academy Award nominations, including nods for best actor, director, and picture. Rocky proved to be the small film with a powerful punch and nabbed the coveted Oscar. The film minted around $117 million at the box office.
After the success of Rocky, Stallone starred in F.I.S.T. (1978) which was critically praised but it failed to do well at the box office. Later in the year 1979, Stallone directed and starred in Rocky II (1979) followed by Rocky III in the year 1982. In the same year, Stallone portrayed the role of John Rambo, a disenfranchised and troubled Vietnam vet — in First Blood (1982). The film went on to become a cult hit with critics praising his acting skills. Once again, Stallone struck box-office gold.
In the later years, Stallone appeared in many films including Rocky IV (1985), Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), Rambo III (1988), and Rocky V (1990). He also starred in Demolition Man (1993), which co-starred Wesley Snipes and Sandra Bullock. After facing multiple setbacks, Stallone made a brilliant comeback with Rocky Balboa (2006) and directed Rambo (2008). In the year 2010, Sylvester Stallone starred in a multi-starer high-budget action film starring Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Randy Couture, and martial arts expert Jet Li titled ‘The Expendables’. Over the years, he continued working for the three franchise films ‘Rocky’, ‘Rambo’, and ‘The Expendables’.
Sylvester Stallone’s Family
Stallone was married thrice. He’s currently wed to former model Jennifer Flavin. The couple has three daughters, Sophia, Sistine, and Scarlet. He previously had two sons, Sage and Seth, with Sasha Czack.
Sylvester Stallone’s Net Worth
Sylvester Stallone is one of the most well-known and successful American actors with a net worth of about $400 million (2021).