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Real Name: Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA
Birth Date: July 06, 1946
Occupation: Actor, Producer, Writer

Sylvester Stallone Biography

This athletically built, dark-haired U.S. actor/screenwriter/director of European parentage may never be mentioned by old-school film critics in the same breath as, say, Richard Burton or Alec Guinness; however, movie fans worldwide have been flocking to see Stallone's films for over 30 years, making "Sly" one of Hollywood's biggest-ever box office draws.Born on July 6, 1946, in New York's gritty Hells Kitchen, the young Stallone attended the American College of Switzerland and the University of Miami, eventually obtaining a B.A. degree. Initially, he struggled in small parts in films such as the soft-core The Party at Kitty and Stud's (1970), the thriller Klute (1971) and the comedy Bananas (1971). He got a crucial career break alongside fellow young actor Henry Winkler, sharing lead billing in the effectively written teen gang film The Lord's of Flatbush (1974). Further film and TV roles followed, most of them in uninspiring productions except for the opportunity to play a megalomaniac, bloodthirsty race driver named "Machine Gun Joe Viterbo" in the Roger Corman-produced Death Race 2000 (1975). However, Stallone was also keen to be recognized as a screenwriter, not just an actor, and, inspired by the 1975 Muhammad Ali-Chuck Wepner fight in Cleveland, Stallone wrote a film script about a nobody fighter given the "million to one opportunity" to challenge for the heavyweight title. Rocky (1976) became the stuff of cinematic legends, scoring ten Academy Award nominations, winning the Best Picture Award of 1976 and triggering one of the most financially successful movie franchises in history! Whilst full credit is wholly deserved by Stallone, he was duly supported by tremendous acting from fellow cast members Talia Shire, Burgess Meredith and Burt Young, and director John G. Avildsen gave the film an emotive, earthy appeal from start to finish. Stallone had truly arrived on his terms, and offers poured in from various studios eager to secure Hollywood's hottest new star.Stallone followed Rocky (1976) with F.I.S.T (1978), loosely based on the life of Teamsters boss "Jimmy Hoffa", and Paradise Alley (1978) before pulling on the boxing gloves again to resurrect Rocky Balboa in the sequel Rocky II (1979). The second outing for the "Italian Stallion" wasn't as powerful or successful as the first "Rocky"; however, it still produced strong box office. Subsequent films Nighthawks (1981) and Victory (1981) failed to ignite with audiences, so Stallone was once again lured back to familiar territory with Rocky III (1982) and a fearsome opponent in "Clubber Lang" played by muscular ex-bodyguard Mr. T. The third "Rocky" installment far outperformed the first sequel in box office takings, but Stallone retired his prizefighter for a couple of years as another mega-franchise was about to commence for the busy actor.The character of Green Beret "John Rambo" was the creation of Canadian-born writer David Morrell, and his novel was adapted to the screen with Stallone in the lead role in First Blood (1982), also starring Richard Crenna and Brian Dennehy. The movie was a surprise hit that polarized audiences because of its commentary about the Vietnam war, which was still relatively fresh in the American public's psyche. Political viewpoints aside, the film was a worldwide smash, and a sequel soon followed with Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), which drew even stronger criticism from several quarters owing to the film's plotline about American MIAs allegedly being held in Vietnam. But they say there is no such thing as bad publicity, and "John Rambo's" second adventure was a major money spinner for Stallone and cemented him as one of the top male stars of the 1980s. Riding a wave of amazing popularity, Stallone called on old sparring partner Rocky Balboa to climb back into the ring to defend U.S. pride against a Soviet threat in the form of a towering Russian boxer named "Ivan Drago" played by monosyllabic Dolph Lundgren in Rocky IV (1985). The fourth outing was somewhat controversial with "Rocky" fans, as violence levels seemed excessive compared to previous "Rocky" films, especially with the savage beating suffered by Apollo Creed, played by Carl Weathers, at the hands of the unstoppable "Siberian Express".Stallone continued forward with a slew of macho character-themed films that met with a mixed reception from his fans. Cobra (1986) was a clumsy mess, Over the Top (1987) was equally mediocre, Rambo III (1988) saw Rambo take on the Russians in Afghanistan, and cop buddy film Tango & Cash (1989) just didn't quite hit the mark, although it did feature a top-notch cast and there was chemistry between Stallone and co-star Kurt Russell.Philadelphia's favorite mythical boxer moved out of the shadows for his fifth screen outing in Rocky V (1990) tackling Tommy "Machine" Gunn played by real-life heavyweight fighter Tommy Morrison, the great-nephew of screen legend John Wayne. Sly quickly followed with the lukewarm comedy Oscar (1991), the painfully unfunny Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992), the futuristic action film Demolition Man (1993), and the comic book-inspired Judge Dredd (1995). Interestingly, Stallone then took a departure from the gung-ho steely characters he had been portraying to stack on a few extra pounds and tackle a more dramatically challenging role in the intriguing Cop Land (1997), also starring Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta. It isn't a classic of the genre, but Cop Land (1997) certainly surprised many critics with Stallone's understated performance. Stallone then lent his vocal talents to the animated adventure story Antz (1998), reprised the role made famous by Michael Caine in a terrible remake of Get Carter (2000), climbed back into a race car for Driven (2001), and guest-starred as the "Toymaker" in the third chapter of the immensely popular "Spy Kids" film series, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003). Showing that age had not wearied his two most popular franchises, Stallone has most recently brought back never-say-die boxer Rocky Balboa to star in, well, what else but Rocky Balboa (2006), and Vietnam veteran Rambo (2008) will reappear after a 20-year hiatus to once again right wrongs in the jungles of Thailand.Love him or loathe him, Sylvester Stallone has built an enviable and highly respected career in Hollywood; plus, he has considerably influenced modern popular culture through several of his iconic film characters.

Sylvester Stallone Movies / TV-Shows

Escape Plan 2: Hades (2018)
Creed II (2018)
74th Golden Globe Awards (2017)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
Animal Crackers (2017)
S.T.R.O.N.G. (2016)
Ratchet & Clank (2016)
This Is Us (2016)
Creed (2015)
From Rocky to Creed: The Legacy Continues (2015)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)
Reach Me (2014)
The Expendables 3 (2014)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)
The Director's Chair (2014)
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014)
Homefront (2013)
70th Golden Globe Awards (2013)
Escape Plan (2013)
Grudge Match (2013)
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2013)
Milius (2013)
Boxing at the Movies: Kings of the Ring (2013)
Bullet to the Head (2012)
The Expendables 2 (2012)
Big Guns, Bigger Heroes: The 1980's and the Rise of the Action Film (2012)
Zookeeper (2011)
The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2011)
The Rocky Saga: Going the Distance (2011)
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011)
The Jonathan Ross Show (2011)
The Expendables (2010)
Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010)
Incredible Love (2009)
The 7PM Project (2009)
Watchmen (2009)
The 7PM Project (2009)
Rambo (2008)
Bigger Stronger Faster* (2008)
Rocky Jumped a Park Bench (2008)
American Greed (2007)
The Graham Norton Show (2007)
Son of Rambow (2007)
Street Customs (2007)
TMZ on TV (2007)
Rocky Balboa (2006)
Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)
Sir! No Sir! (2005)
The Contender (2005)
Howard Stern on Demand (2005)
Pele Forever (2004)
Spy Kids 3: Game Over (2003)
Las Vegas (2003)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)
Taxi 3 (2003)
Shade (2003)
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)
Eye See You (2002)
Avenging Angelo (2002)
Raw Iron: The Making of 'Pumping Iron' (2002)
Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776 (2002)
Driven (2001)
America: A Tribute to Heroes (2001)
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001)
Get Carter (2000)
The Early Show (1999)
Tough Guise: Violence, Media & the Crisis in Masculinity (1999)
Antz (1998)
Jackie Chan: My Story (1998)
Men in Black (1997)
An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1997)
Cop Land (1997)
The View (1997)
Daylight (1996)
The Daily Show (1996)
A Family Thing (1996)
Judge Dredd (1995)
Assassins (1995)
The Specialist (1994)
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)
Movie Magic (1994)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)
Demolition Man (1993)
Cliffhanger (1993)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)
WWE Raw (1993)
WWE Raw (1993)
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992)
Peter's Friends (1992)
Dateline NBC (1992)
Oscar (1991)
Maury (1991)
Rocky V (1990)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
The Howard Stern Show (1990)
Tango & Cash (1989)
Lock Up (1989)
Rambo III (1988)
Over the Top (1987)
Biography (1987)
Cobra (1986)
The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years (1986)
Rocky IV (1985)
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Rhinestone (1984)
Terror in the Aisles (1984)
Staying Alive (1983)
Live with Kelly and Ryan (1983)
Rocky III (1982)
First Blood (1982)
Victory (1981)
Nighthawks (1981)
ABC News Nightline (1980)
Rocky II (1979)
CBS News Sunday Morning (1979)
Paradise Alley (1978)
F.I.S.T. (1978)
20/20 (1978)
Rocky (1976)
Cannonball! (1976)
The Muppet Show (1976)
Farewell, My Lovely (1975)
Mandingo (1975)
Death Race 2000 (1975)
The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975)
Capone (1975)
Saturday Night Live (1975)
The Lords of Flatbush (1974)
No Place to Hide (1973)
Police Story (1973)
Kojak (1973)
Bananas (1971)
Klute (1971)
The Party at Kitty and Stud's (1970)
Lovers and Other Strangers (1970)
MASH (1970)
Downhill Racer (1969)

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