Sylvester Stallone

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
One of the biggest box office draws in the world from the 1970s through the early 1990s, actor-writer-director-producer Sylvester Stallone combined sheer physical brawn with a touch of vulnerability in two major movie ... Read more »
Born: 07/05/1946 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (102)

Creed 2015 (Movie)

Rocky Balboa (Actor)

Reach Me 2014 (Movie)

Gerald (Actor)

Stephen Verona: Self Portrait 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Contender 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2009, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Host

The Expendables 3 2014 (Movie)

Barney Ross (Actor)

The Graham Norton Show 2004 - 2005, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008, 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Bullet To The Head 2013 (Movie)

James Bonomo (Actor)

Escape Plan 2013 (Movie)

Breslin (Actor)

Grudge Match 2013 (Movie)

Henry 'Razor' Sharp (Actor)

The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Expendables 2 2012 (Movie)

Barney Ross (Actor)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Zookeeper 2011 (Movie)

Joe the Lion (Voice)

Guys Choice 2010 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Expendables 2010 (Movie)

Barney Ross (Actor)

Kambakkht Ishq 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Street Customs 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rambo 2008 (Movie)

John Rambo (Actor)

The British Academy Film Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Rocky Balboa 2006 (Movie)

Rocky Balboa (Actor)

2004 Radio Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2005 (Tv Show)

Guest

Las Vegas 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

John Ritter Remembered 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Shade 2004 (Movie)

Stevens (Actor)

AFI's 100 Years..100 Heroes and Villains 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Back in the U.S. 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 16th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over 2003 (Movie)

Toymaker (Actor)

Muhammad Ali's 60th Birthday Celebration 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Avenging Angelo 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Detox 2001 (Movie)

Jake Malloy (Actor)

Driven 2001 (Movie)

Joe Tanto (Actor)

1st Annual Laureus Sports Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Get Carter 2000 (Movie)

Jack Carter (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 1999 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Antz 1998 (Movie)

of Weaver (Voice)

Burn, Hollywood, Burn 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Cop Land 1997 (Movie)

Sheriff Freddy Heflin (Actor)

Sylvester Stallone 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Good Life 1997 (Movie)

cameo appearance (Actor)

Daylight 1996 (Movie)

Kit Latura (Actor)

Planet Hollywood Comes Home 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Assassins 1995 (Movie)

Robert Rath (Actor)

Judge Dredd 1995 (Movie)

Judge Dredd (Actor)

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Specialist 1994 (Movie)

Ray Quick (Actor)

Cliffhanger 1993 (Movie)

Gabe Walker (Actor)

Demolition Man 1993 (Movie)

Sergeant John Spartan (Actor)

What Is This Thing Called Love? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot 1992 (Movie)

Sergeant Joe Bomowski (Actor)

The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Oscar 1991 (Movie)

Angelo "Snaps" Provolone (Actor)

Sunday Night With Larry King 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Premiere Presents: Christmas Movies '89 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Rocky V 1990 (Movie)

Rocky Balboa (Actor)

Lock Up 1989 (Movie)

Frank Leone (Actor)

Tango & Cash 1989 (Movie)

Tango (Actor)

Rambo III 1988 (Movie)

Rambo (Actor)

The Barbara Walters Special (05/11/88) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Over the Top 1987 (Movie)

Lincoln Hawk (Actor)

Cobra 1986 (Movie)

Marion "Cobra" Cobretti (Actor)

Rambo: First Blood Part II 1985 (Movie)

Rambo (Actor)

Rocky IV 1985 (Movie)

Rocky Balboa (Actor)

Rhinestone 1984 (Movie)

Nick Martinelli (Actor)

First Blood 1982 (Movie)

John Rambo (Actor)

Rocky III 1982 (Movie)

Rocky Balboa (Actor)

Nighthawks 1981 (Movie)

Deke DaSilva (Actor)

Victory 1981 (Movie)

Robert Hatch (Actor)

Rocky II 1979 (Movie)

Rocky Balboa (Actor)

F.I.S.T. 1978 (Movie)

Johnny Kovak (Actor)

Paradise Alley 1978 (Movie)

Cosmo Carboni (Actor)

Cannonball 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rocky 1976 (Movie)

Rocky Balboa (Actor)

Capone 1975 (Movie)

Frank Nitti (Actor)

Death Race 2000 1975 (Movie)

Machine Gun Joe Viterbo (Actor)

Farewell, My Lovely 1975 (Movie)

Kelly/Jonnie (Actor)

No Place to Hide 1974 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

The Prisoner of Second Avenue 1974 (Movie)

Youth in Park (Actor)

The Lords of Flatbush 1973 (Movie)

Stanley Rosiello (Actor)

Bananas 1971 (Movie)

(uncredited) Subway Thug (Actor)

Dream On (TV Show)

Actor

Liberty Kids (TV Show)

Voice
Writer (25)

Creed 2015 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

The Expendables 3 2014 (Movie)

(Story By)

The Expendables 3 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Homefront 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Expendables 2 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Expendables 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rambo 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rocky Balboa 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Driven 2001 (Movie)

(From Story)

Driven 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cliffhanger 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rocky V 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rambo III 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Over the Top 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cobra 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rambo: First Blood Part II 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rocky IV 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rhinestone 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Staying Alive 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

First Blood 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rocky III 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rocky II 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

F.I.S.T. 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Paradise Alley 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rocky 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (8)

The Expendables 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Rambo 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Rocky Balboa 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Rocky IV 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Staying Alive 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Rocky III 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Rocky II 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Paradise Alley 1978 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (5)

Homefront 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rocky Balboa 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Driven 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Staying Alive 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)

Heart of a Champion: The Ray Mancini Story (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Music (3)

Grudge Match 2013 (Movie)

("The Star Spangled Banner") (Song Performer)

Rhinestone 1984 (Movie)

("Be There" "Drinkin' Stein") (Song Performer)

Paradise Alley 1978 (Movie)

("Too Close to Paradise") (Song Performer)
Other (3)

Rocky III 1982 (Movie)

choreography(boxing) (Choreographer)

Rocky II 1979 (Movie)

choreography(boxing) (Choreographer)

Rocky 1976 (Movie)

Boxing Choreographer (Choreographer)

Biography

One of the biggest box office draws in the world from the 1970s through the early 1990s, actor-writer-director-producer Sylvester Stallone combined sheer physical brawn with a touch of vulnerability in two major movie franchises - the Academy Award-winning "Rocky" (1976) and its five sequels, as well as the jingoistic, ultra-violent "Rambo" (1981) quartet. Frequently reviled by critics and pundits for his acting and movie choices, Stallone persevered through several major career eclipses, only to come back - much like Rocky Balboa - time and time again as the pop cultural icon that he most definitely was. Regardless of how the critics felt, Stallone was a major box office force, though he struggled outside the Rocky-Rambo universe with "Cliffhanger" (1993) and "Judge Dredd" (1995). He earned critical respect when he gained weight to play a good-hearted, but ostracized cop turning a blind eye to police corruption in "Cop Land" (1997), but the box office failure of that film prompted him to second-guess his choice of tackling more dramatic material. After starring in the remake of "Get Carter" (2000) and the action thriller "Driven" (2001), Stallone stepped back from acting to focus behind the scenes on his health/fitness magazine, as well as the sports-themed reality series, "The Contender" (NBC/ESPN/Versus, 2005-07). But unable to stay out of the spotlight for long, he struck box office gold revisiting "Rocky Balboa" (2006) and "Rambo" (2008), and starring in the ensemble action hit "The Expendables" (2010), which once again put Stallone back on top.

Relationships

Sasha Czack

Wife
Married Dec. 28, 1974 Divorced Feb. 14, 1985

Janice Dickinson Actor

Companion
Dated in the early 1990 Dickinson claimed Stallone was the father of her daughter Savannah until a paternity test proved he was not the biological father

Angie Everhart Actor

Companion
Briefly engaged April 1995 Split June 1995

Toni-Ann Filiti Actor

Sister
Born May 5, 1960 to Jacqueline Stallone and Tony Filiti Died Aug. 26, 2012 of lung cancer

Jennifer Flavin Actor

Wife
Dated 1989 until 1994 Stallone reportedly broke up with Flavin by sending a letter via Federal Express Resumed relationship in late 1995 Married May 17, 1997

Steve Levin

Step-Father
Married Sylvester's mother Jacqueline Nov. 13, 1998

Brigitte Nielsen Actor

Wife
Married Dec. 15, 1985 Appeared together in "Rocky IV" (1985) and "Cobra" (1986) Divorced on July 13, 1987 after a 19-month marriage

Scarlet Rose

Daughter
Born May 25, 2002; mother, Jennifer Flavin

Frank Stallone

Father
Italian immigrant Divorced wife when Sylvester was 10

Sage Stallone Actor

Son
Born May 5, 1976; mother, Sasha Stallone; made film debut in "Rocky V" (1990) and appeared with his father in the 1996 disaster movie "Daylight"; co-founded Grindhouse Releasing in 1996; directed his first short film which screened at the 2006 Palm Springs Film Festival Died July 13, 2012

Frank Stallone Actor

Brother
Born July 30, 1950

Jacqueline Stallone

Mother
Born c. 1931 Married several times Danced at Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe

Sistine Stallone

Daughter
Born June 27, 1998; mother, Jennifer Flavin

Sophia Stallone

Daughter
Born Aug. 27, 1996; mother, Jennifer Flavin Born with a hole in her heart, underwent surgery in November 1996 to correct problem

Seth Stallone

Son
Born autistic in 1979; mother, Sasha Czack

Dante Stallone

Half-Brother
Born 1997 to Frank Stallone Sr. and his fourth wife

Janine Turner Actor

Companion
Co-starred in "Cliffhanger" (1993) Briefly dated

EDUCATION

Lincoln High School

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania

American College of Switzerland

1963 - 1966
Won athletic scholarship; also taught girls' physical education

The Glenholme School

Washington , Connecticut
A therapeutic boarding school

University of Miami

Miami , Florida 1967 - 1969
Classmates included director-writer John Herzfeld; discouraged from pursuing acting by teachers; dropped out to move to NYC

Milestones

2013

Starred in action thriller "Bullet to the Head"

2012

Re-assembled ensemble cast for sequel "The Expendables 2"; also co-wrote screenplay

2010

Directed, co-wrote, and starred in "The Expendables," a 1980s-style action adventure about a group of mercenaries who attempt to overthrow a South American dictator; film featured a Who's Who of action stars including Bruce Willis, Jet Li, and Arnold Schw

2008

Reprised the role of war hero John Rambo for the fourth time in "Rambo"; also wrote and directed

2006

Wrote, directed, and reprised role in the critical and commercial hit "Rocky Balboa," the sixth and final installment of his successful series

2005

Co-presented alongside Sugar Ray Leonard the NBC reality boxing series "The Contender"

2004

Lent his name and image to the start-up publication Sly, focusing on health and fitness

2003

Played a villainous role in the third installment of the "Spy Kids" trilogy "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over"

2001

Teamed onscreen with Burt Reynolds in "Driven"; Stallone reportedly contributed to the screenplay

2000

Essayed title role in the remake of "Get Carter"

1998

Provided the voice for Weaver, the soldier ant buddy of Woody Allen's in the animated feature "Antz"

1997

Delivered a change of pace turn as a partially deaf New Jersey sheriff in "Cop Land"

1995

Starred in the title role of the sci-fi actioner "Judge Dredd"

1995

Reportedly agreed to a multi-picture deal with Universal Pictures that paid at least $60 million for three films

1993

Collaborated on first film with Renny Harlin, "Cliffhanger"; also rewrote script

1991

Opened Planet Hollywood Restaurant in New York; co-owned with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis

1990

Re-teamed, starred, and scripted with original director John G. Avildsen the fifth installment "Rocky V"

1988

Again reprised other signature role in "Rambo III"; also scripted

1985

Returned as the titular boxer, wrote, and directed in "Rocky IV"

1985

First executive producer credit for TV-movie, "Heart of a Champion: The Ray Mancini Story"

1984

Starred opposite Dolly Parton in "Rhinestone"

1983

First feature as a producer, "Staying Alive"; also directed and contributed to screenplay

1982

First played character of John Rambo in "First Blood"

1982

Reprised signature role in "Rocky III"; also scripted and directed

1981

Co-starred in the John Huston directed "Escape to Victory"

1979

Reprised role, wrote, and directed the sequel "Rocky II"

1978

Made directorial debut and wrote "Paradise Alley"; later turned screenplay into a novel

1976

Made screenwriting debut and starred in the boxing drama "Rocky"; earned Oscar nominations as Best Actor and for Best Original Screenplay

1974

Moved to Los Angeles, CA

1974

Played first starring role in the cult hit "The Lords of Flatbush"

1973

Landed first major role in "Rebel"

1970

Entered mainstream film with an uncredited appearance as a mugger in Woody Allen's "Bananas"

1969

First film appearance, soft-core porn "The Party at Kitty and Stud's"

1968

Enrolled in University of Miami; dropped out two years later to pursue acting career

1967

Returned to the United States

1961

Moved to Philadelphia with mother and stepfather

Wrote a biographical drama about Edgar Allen Poe; many claimed it was one of the great unproduced scripts in Hollywood

Taught children of career diplomats and young royalty at American College of Switzerland

Moved to New York City

Penned early drafts of what became "Rocky"

Worked as usher at Walter Reade Theater in NYC while writing screenplays; also swept out Bronx Zoo lion cages

Bonus Trivia

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Born in a NYC charity ward, forceps delivery severed a nerve in Stallone's face, paralyzing one side of his lip, chin, and tongue so that he grew up with a lopsided appearance and indistinct speech.

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"My father was so tough his balls clanged when he walked. He's a primitive who learned to play polo when he was stationed as a guard on the Mexican border during World War II. If I draw on anything for the character of Rambo – the physical attributes, the capacity to conjure up the physical frenzy – it would be my father. My mother is the master of the outrageous. I draw heavily on her. It's her part of my psyche that keeps me fiercely insane." – Stallone to Vanity Fair, September 1990

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On his bad luck with marriage following his highly publicized second divorce, Stallone told Vanity Fair (September 1990): "If anybody should have become an alcoholic or a drug addict or a dyed-in-the-wool misogynist, it's me. I've had every opportunity to cop out. I've been publicly humiliated. The way I was dissected worldwide and held up to ridicule. I've never read about a divorce that has as much sexual innuendo as mine did with Brigitte.

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About his tumultuous upbringing, Stallone confessed to the Los Angeles Times (Oct. 28, 1990): "It was a house full of aggression and conflict. When she [his mother] left, I hung onto her leg. I was in convulsions. Then the terrible court battles began. My brother became so repressed that they thought he had leukemia. I really became a loose cannon. I ran away to Philadelphia to be with her. The courts brought me back. I had an unformed ego, a misplaced aggression. I sought chaos. I was like a dog wanting to be beaten. Acting was almost a psychological requirement for me."

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Stallone received special achievement award from the National Italian American Foundation in 1991.

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He was named as an Officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters in 1992.

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"I gave into temptation to prove myself in another arena. I've learned the hard way about comedy. Marlon Brando had the same problem if you look back." – Stallone to People magazine, June 7, 1993

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"Just 'cause society says I'm old doesn't mean I am. Sure, I made wrong turns in my life, but I want one more shot to go out on my terms." – Stallone to Premiere magazine, December 2006

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In February 2007, Stallone was charged with bringing vials of restricted muscle-building hormones into Australia.He pleaded guilty a few months later in May 2007.

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"I'd like to use a line from one of the movies. Like, 'It's not how hard you hit, it's how hard you can get hit that makes all the difference in your life.' Or 'It's how much you can take, and how much you can give.' I really feel the survivors are the ones with the good jaws. Not everyone has a punch, but if you can keep taking it, quite often you can prevail." – Stallone on what will be on his tombstone, GQ, September 2010

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