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      Sylvester Stallone

      Sylvester Stallone

      Highest Rated: 95% Creed (2015)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Jul 6, 1946

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Sylvester Stallone, icon of American cinema, was singlehandedly responsible for giving life to two of the most beloved characters to have ever graced the silver screen: Rocky Balboa and John Rambo. Born in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, Stallone was left paralyzed in parts of face due to complications during his birth. By all accounts, Stallone also had a difficult childhood. His parents had a volatile relationship and fought all the time. They eventually got divorced. So, after living for a number of years in the Washington, D.C. area, Stallone moved to Philadelphia to live with his mother and her second husband. It was in the City of Brotherly Love that Stallone would attend high school, and first become interested in acting. The teen Stallone may not have known it at the time, but Philadelphia would also go on to become the location for his most memorable film, 1976's "Rocky." After graduating from high school Stallone went on to pursue his studies in dramatic arts, first at the American College in Switzerland, and then later the University of Miami. It was at the University of Miami that he would go on to earn his bachelor's degree. After college he moved to New York City to try and make it as an actor. Stallone took on a number of odd jobs during these salad days to pay the bill, including working in the cleanup crew for the lion's cages at the Central Park Zoo. In 1970, in the fledgling days of his acting career, Stallone would appear in the soft-core porn film "Party at Kitty and Stud's" (1970). He also made uncredited appearances in the Jane Fonda drama "Klute" (1971), as well as the Woody Allen comedy "Bananas" (1971). In 1974 Stallone earned praise for his portrayal of a 50s street tough in the film "The Lords of Flatbush" (1974). It was also around this period that Stallone began writing a screenplay about an underdog Philadelphia boxer who "goes the distance" in the ring with the heavyweight champion. After finishing the script, which he called "Rocky," Stallone shopped it around Hollywood. Several producers took an interest in making the film. Stallone, however, had one condition: he and only he could play the title role. He eventually found two producers, Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, to agree, and when "Rocky" was released in 1976 it quickly became a sensation. The film was nominated for 10 Oscars, including two for Stallone for acting and writing, and would go on to take home the Academy Award for Best Picture. Emboldened by the success of "Rocky," Stallone's career took off. He wrote and directed two "Rocky" sequels in the ensuing years, "Rocky II" (1979) and "Rocky III" (1982), and went on to earn critical praise for his performances in "Paradise Alley" (1978) and "Nighthawks" (1981). Then in 1982 Stallone's career hit an even higher peak when he starred in, and wrote the screenplay for, the action film "First Blood" (1982). That film would introduce a new iconic movie character to popular culture, John Rambo, thus making Stallone one of the biggest box office draws of the 1980s. Stallone would write and appear in two more "Rambo" movies in the 1980s, "Rambo: First Blood Part II" (1985) and "Rambo III" (1988), in addition to two more "Rocky" sequels. Throughout the 1980s Stallone starred in a number of other blockbuster action films, like "Cobra" (1986), "Over the Top" (1987), and "Lock Up" (1989). By the mid-1990s Stallone's career began to hit a low point after he appeared in the flops "Judge Dredd" (1995) and "Daylight" (1997). However, by the early 2000s his career began to regain some steam with his roles in films like "Get Carter" (2000) and "Driven" (2001). In 2006 Stallone resuscitated the Rocky character for "Rocky Balboa" (2006), the sixth film in the Rocky franchise and the first since 1990's badly received "Rocky V" (1990). "Rocky Balboa," which Stallone also directed, drew almost unanimous praise from both fans and critics alike, and was seen as a fitting return to form for one of the big screen's most enduring characters. In 2008 Stallone would also go onto revive John Rambo in the action movie "Rambo" (2008), the fourth film in the "Rambo" series. In 2010 Stallone would launch another action franchise by writing, directing and starring in "The Expendables" (2010). The film featured a who's who of action stars, including Jason Statham, Jet Li, and Dolph Lundgren, and was a huge hit with audiences. Two "Expendables" sequels would follow, in 2012 and 2014, respectively. In 2015 Stallone relaunched the "Rocky" franchise with "Creed" (2015), which centered on the son of Rocky's nemesis from the first film, Apollo Creed. The title character was played by Michael B. Jordan, and for his role in the film, Stallone earned his second Oscar nomination for acting. In 2019, after nearly 50 years in show business, Stallone brought back John Rambo for an eagerly anticipated fourth sequel "Rambo: Last Blood" (2019). The film was released in the fall of 2019, with the 73-year-old Stallone playing the title character once again.

      Highest rated movies

      Creed Rocky First Blood Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
      Creed II
      Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
      Death Race 2000
      Rocky Balboa

      Photos

      Sylvester Stallone PARADISE ALLEY, Sylvester Stallone, Lee Canalito, Armand Assante, 1978, (c) Universal Pictures ROCKY, Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, 1976, © United Artists ROCKY II, Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, 1979, © United Artists COBRA, Sylvester Stallone, 1986, © Warner Brothers ROCKY II, Sylvester Stallone, 1979, © United Artists BANANAS, from left: Sylvester Stallone, Woody Allen, Anthony Caso, 1971 ROCKY BALBOA, front row: Milo Ventimiglia, Sylvester Stallone, Burt Young, 2006. ©MGM ROCKY BALBOA, Sylvester Stallone (foreground), 2006. ©MGM NIGHTHAWKS, Sylvester Stallone, Billy Dee Williams, 1981. (c) Universal ROCKY II, Sylvester Stallone, 1979, © United Artists THE LORDS OF FLATBUSH, Paul Mace, Sylvester Stallone, Henry Winkler, Paul Jabara, (right), 1974 ESCAPE PLAN, (aka THE TOMB), Sylvester Stallone, 2013, ph: Alan Markfield/©Summit Entertainment THE LORDS OF FLATBUSH, Henry Winkler, Perry King, Sylvester Stallone, Paul Mace, 1974. GRUDGE MATCH, from left: Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, 2013. ph: Ben Rothstein/©Warner Bros. THE EXPENDABLES, from left: Terry Crews, Jason Statham, Sylvester Stallone, Randy Couture, Jet Li, 2010. ©Lionsgate F.I.S.T., Sylvester Stallone (center), 1978, © United Artists/, 5010654, Photo by: (5010654) LOCK UP, Sylvester Stallone, 1989 ROCKY II, Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, 1979, © United Artists ESCAPE PLAN, (aka THE TOMB), from left: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, 2013. ph: Alan Markfield/©Summit Entertainment

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      81% 88% Sly Self,
      Executive Producer
      - 2023
      14% 70% Expend4bles Barney Ross (Character) $16.2M 2023
      82% 94% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Stakar Ogord (Character) $359.0M 2023
      88% 95% Creed III Producer $156.2M 2023
      38% 71% Samaritan Joe (Character),
      Producer
      - 2022
      72% No Score Yet Rocky IV: Rocky vs. Drago Rocky Balboa (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2021
      90% 82% The Suicide Squad King Shark (Voice) $55.8M 2021
      60% 67% Stallone: Frank, That Is Unknown (Character) - 2020
      26% 81% Rambo: Last Blood John Rambo (Character),
      Screenwriter
      $44.8M 2019
      No Score Yet 13% Escape Plan: The Extractors Ray Breslin (Character) - 2019
      8% 23% Backtrace Sykes (Character) - 2018
      83% 80% Creed II Rocky Balboa (Character),
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $115.7M 2018
      7% 15% Escape Plan 2: Hades Ray Breslin (Character) - 2018
      64% 76% Animal Crackers Bullet-Man (Voice) - 2017
      No Score Yet 100% John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs Self - 2017
      85% 87% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Stakar Ogord (Character) $389.8M 2017
      22% 42% Ratchet & Clank Victor Von Ion (Voice) $8.8M 2016
      95% 89% Creed Rocky Balboa (Character),
      Producer
      $109.7M 2015
      4% 47% Reach Me Gerald (Character) - 2014
      31% 48% The Expendables 3 Barney Ross (Character),
      Screenwriter
      $39.3M 2014
      No Score Yet 67% The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films Unknown (Character) - 2014
      31% 46% Grudge Match Henry "Razor" Sharp (Character) $29.8M 2013
      42% 61% Homefront Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $20.1M 2013
      50% 55% Escape Plan Ray Breslin (Character) $25.1M 2013
      45% 39% Bullet to the Head Jimmy Bobo (James Bonomo) (Character) $9.5M 2012
      67% 67% The Expendables 2 Barney Ross (Character),
      Screenwriter
      $85.0M 2012
      14% 41% Zookeeper Joe the Lion (Voice) $80.4M 2011
      42% 64% The Expendables Barney Ross (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter
      $103.0M 2010
      No Score Yet 31% Incredible Love Self $1.4M 2009
      No Score Yet 67% Amerika Idol Unknown (Character) - 2009
      38% 69% Rambo John Rambo (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $42.7M 2008
      78% 76% Rocky Balboa Rocky (Character),
      Director,
      Writer
      $70.3M 2006
      67% 58% Shade Dean "The Dean" Stevens (Character) $24.7K 2003
      45% 25% Spy Kids 3: Game Over The Toymaker (Character) $111.8M 2003
      13% 33% Avenging Angelo Frankie Delano (Character) - 2002
      17% 28% Eye See You Jake Malloy (Character) - 2002
      14% 33% Driven Joe Tanto (Character),
      Writer,
      Producer
      $32.6M 2001
      11% 28% Get Carter Jack Carter (Character) $15.0M 2000
      92% 52% Antz Weaver (Voice) $90.7M 1998
      75% 67% Cop Land Sheriff Freddy Heflin (Character) $44.9M 1997
      8% 15% An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn Self $43.9K 1997
      26% 37% Daylight Kit Latura (Character) $32.9M 1996
      22% 30% Judge Dredd Judge Joseph Dredd (Character) $34.7M 1995
      16% 45% Assassins Robert Rath (Character) - 1995
      10% 29% The Specialist Ray Quick (Character) $55.2M 1994
      63% 67% Demolition Man John Spartan (Character) $57.2M 1993
      68% 52% Cliffhanger Gabe Walker (Character),
      Screenwriter
      $80.5M 1993
      14% 21% Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot Sgt. Joe Bomowski (Character) $26.6M 1992
      11% 63% Oscar Angelo "Snaps" Provolone (Character) $23.5M 1991
      31% 31% Rocky V Rocky Balboa (Character),
      Screenwriter
      $40.1M 1990
      31% 50% Lock Up Frank Leone (Character) $20.3M 1989
      31% 52% Tango & Cash Lt. Raymond Tango (Character) $61.8M 1989
      41% 45% Rambo III John J. Rambo (Character),
      Writer
      $53.7M 1988
      32% 49% Over the Top Lincoln Hawk (Character),
      Screenwriter
      $14.0M 1987
      18% 43% Cobra Lieutenant Marion "Cobra" Cobretti (Character),
      Screenwriter
      $47.5M 1986
      40% 80% Rocky IV Rocky Balboa (Character),
      Director,
      Writer
      $125.4M 1985
      33% 60% Rambo: First Blood Part II John J. Rambo (Character),
      Writer
      $150.2M 1985
      20% 36% Rhinestone Nick Martinelli (Character) - 1984
      0% 40% Staying Alive Director,
      Producer,
      Screenwriter
      - 1983
      86% 86% First Blood Rambo (Character),
      Writer
      - 1982
      66% 74% Rocky III Rocky Balboa (Character),
      Director,
      Writer
      - 1982
      71% 55% Nighthawks Deke DaSilva (Character) - 1981
      70% 71% Victory Captain Robert Hatch (Character) - 1981
      71% 82% Rocky II Rocky Balboa (Character),
      Director,
      Writer
      - 1979
      67% 56% F.I.S.T. Johnny Kovak (Character),
      Screenwriter
      - 1978
      40% 44% Paradise Alley Cosmo Carboni (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1978
      92% 69% Rocky Rocky Balboa (Character),
      Writer
      - 1976
      68% 72% Farewell, My Lovely Jonnie (Character) - 1975
      82% 63% Death Race 2000 "Machine Gun" Joe Viterbo (Character) - 1975
      44% 67% The Prisoner of Second Avenue Youth in Park (Character) - 1975
      64% 42% The Lords of Flatbush Stanley Rosiello (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rebel Jerry Savage (Character) - 1974

      TV

      Credit
      89% 61% The Family Stallone Self 2023-2024
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2014 2016 2019 2022 2024
      79% 91% Tulsa King Dwight "The General" Manfredi (Character),
      Executive Producer
      2022-2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Contender Executive Producer,
      Host
      2005-2008 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ultimate Beastmaster: France Executive Producer 2017-2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ultimate Beastmaster: South Korea Executive Producer 2017-2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ultimate Beastmaster: Mexico Executive Producer 2017-2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ultimate Beastmaster: Brazil Executive Producer 2017-2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ultimate Beastmaster: Italy Executive Producer 2017-2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ultimate Beastmaster: U.S. Executive Producer 2017-2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ultimate Beastmaster: China Executive Producer 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ultimate Beastmaster: Spain Executive Producer 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ultimate Beastmaster: India Executive Producer 2017
      94% 80% This Is Us Himself (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ultimate Beastmaster: Japan Executive Producer 2017
      No Score Yet 100% Strong Executive Producer 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2015-2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 20/20 Guest 2016
      No Score Yet 48% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2015
      100% 90% Late Show With David Letterman Guest 2013-2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 106 & Park Unknown (Character) 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show Guest 2014
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Guest 2013
      No Score Yet 58% Saturday Night Live Unknown (Guest Star),
      Host
      1997 2013
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Piers Morgan On... Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Las Vegas Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Det. Rick Daly (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Elmore "Rocky" Caddo (Character) 1975