Sylvester Stallone Gardenzio (born 6 July 1946) is an actor, writer and film director American.

Also known as “Sly”, Stallone is regarded as one of the most important stars action cinema since the 1970s. Stallone has given life to two of the characters most iconic Hollywood cinema: Rocky Balboa, the humble Boxer in the face of adversity, and Philadelphia that overcame all forecasts became champion; and John Rambo, the tormented former green beret veteran Viet Nam war, specializing in rescue missions and revenge.

Apart from the sagas of Rocky and Rambo, between their tapes most popular are: The Expendables (2010), assassins (1995), The Judge Dredd (1995), the specialist (1994), Demolition Man (1993), Cliffhanger (1993), Lock Up (1989), Tango and Cash (1989), Over the Top (1987) and Cobra (1986).


Early years

Stallone was born in hell’s Kitchen, New York. Son of Frank Stallone, a stylist and Jacqueline, astrologer, dance teacher and luchadoras women representative. Stallone father was natural Gioia of the Colle (Province of Bari, Italy) and his mother of Eastern descent Jewish (his grandmother, Rosa Rabinovich, was in Odessa, Ukraine). It has a brother named Frank Stallone, occasional actor, and musician, several of his songs have been part of the soundtrack from Sylvester tapes.

In the 1960s, Stallone studied at the American College of Switzerland, Leysin, and, finally, at the University of Miami for three years. But although he struggled in school and was expelled from several centers in Philadelphia highlighted as practicing football.

At the beginning of the 1970s, to pay the kinds of dramatic art, had to work as an actor in a pornographic film called The Party at Kitty and stud’s, recently Stallone told Playboy magazine that economic necessity pressured it to that decision, since that time had only $ 20 in her bank account. Had an appearance in bananas, Woody Allen, making offenders in the underground scenes and also appeared in an episode of “Kojak” starring Telly Savalas, in which he played detective Rick Daley.

Finally, began his career as a serious way writing scripts. After you validate various actor works to complete his notes, got his Bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree in 1999.

Rocky: the rise to fame

Stallone in 1978.

Stallone did not get fame but up his starring role in the worldwide success Rocky in 1976. March 24, 1975 saw the fight between Muhammad Ali and Chuck Wepner, fight that inspired the fundamental idea of Rocky. The night of the match, Stallone inspired went straight to your home and in three days already had written the libretto. Then tried to sell the script with the intention of playing the main role, producers liked the libretto, but had in mind a star already consecrated as Ryan O’Neal, Burt Reynolds or Robert Redford for the lead role of see Stallone hearing were convinced that he was given.

After the worldwide success of tape, Stallone was released to fame and regarded as a serious actor who promised to become such actors as Al Pacino and Jack Nicholson. Rocky won an Academy Award for best film and Stallone would also be nominated to the Academy Award for best actor and an Academy Award for best screenplay. Since then has not returned to be nominated.

The Rocky II, written and directed by Stallone sequel was released in 1979 and became a success raising $200 million at the box office and gave pattern to millionaire and successful continuations of the saga of the Boxer Rocky Balboa Italian-born during the 1980s, making the character one of the icons of the Hollywood film.

In December 2010, Stallone was elected to join the Hall of Fame boxing since Rocky is considered a jewel of boxing and contributed to the commercial dimension of the sport of boxing in the world. Hall of Fame nomination was accompanied by the entry of two large that sport: Mike Tyson and legendary Julio César Chávez, former champions play on light and heavy weights respectively.

Career in cinema

Stallone in 1983.

In his career, Stallone has exploited the masculine archetype hard type and rejecting serious films and of content dramatic starring in numerous action movies with some excursions unsuccessfully in the comedy. After his attempts in drama at the end of 1970 tapes as F.I.S.T. and Paradise Alley, that in spite of receiving positive reviews they failed at the box office, has been scorned by critics in many other tapes due to its remarkable musculature and the lack of emotional performances, despite that expressions is a clear exponent of movie entertainment from the last three decades.

Cinematographic works among his performance in First Blood, where she played a tormented war veteran named “John Rambo”; It is attacked by an abusive Townie police chief forcing him to unleash a wave of revenge. Critics hailed his performance stating that he had been given a more human aspect that originally had the character in the novel. During the 1980s followed Rambo II and Rambo III, which were enormous success at the box office at the global level.

Apart from the sagas of Rocky and Rambo, his most blockbuster films include 1986; Cobra 1987; Falcon Lock Up of 1989; Cliffhanger of 1993; The specialist of 1994, co-starring with Sharon Stone and James Woods; 1995, Opposite Antonio Banderas and Julianne Moore; killers and two comedies police cut: Tango and Cash in 1989, Kurt Russell, Demolition Man 1993, co-starring with Wesley Snipes and Sandra Bullock.

In 1997, trying to change the stereotype of “action Star”, was the lead role in Cop Land, along with a great cast between those found Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, and Harvey Keitel; veterans increased approximately 20 kg to interpret a mediocre and last weight in the New Jersey State police. Tape, although considerable quality is not a classic of the genre of gangsters, but his performance was critically acclaimed and considered the best interpretation given from Rocky in 1976. The award for best actor at the Stockholm International Film Festival.

Estelarizó a series of rounded failures in critical and box-office as stop! Or my mom will shoot, Oscar, D-Tox, Driven, and Avenging Angelo. In 2005, released the reality show The Contender, produced and hosted by he and former champion Sugar Ray Leonard, in which 16 different cities of the United States boxers are gathered in a house where train and weekly fight in a knockout. The show was a resounding success in United States and the rest of the world. Later, Stallone attempted to revive past successes premiering films Rambo and Rocky Balboa. Despite abuse exercised in both franchises and against the predictions made by film critics, the two tapes had good reception from critics and audience.

His current project is a tape action called The Expendables, which directs, produced and starred in. The film narrará the story of a group of mercenaries who attend a special mission to overthrow a violent dictator in a country in South America. The actors that co-protagonizan tape are: Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis (Schwarzenegger and Willis in a cameo), Eric Roberts, Stone Cold and Randy Couture. Jean Claude Van Damme, Kurt Russell, Danny Trejo, Steven Seagal actors refused to participate in the film. The premiere was carried out in August 2010. Stallone said having suffered a fracture in the neck during the filming of The Expendables.

Recently he was awarded the honorary prize “Jaeger-LeCoultre, glory to the filmmaker” at the Venice Film Festival. Stallone is currently working on a sequel to the successful The Expendables.

Personal life

Stallone married his second wife Brigitte Nielsen, Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan in 1985

Sylvester Stallone resides in Beverly Hills and is a media Hollywood character. Although it has had disagreements with paparazzi, generally demonstrates friendly and open to the press and the public generously signing autographs.

It is recognized by its strenuous physical preparation before each tape action, always maintaining a balanced diet and its demand for always having the best possible physical coaches with professional bodybuilding routines.

Stallone grew up as a Catholic but stopped going to Church as his acting career has progressed. Began to rediscover their faith when his daughter was born sick in 1996. Today attends the Catholic Church on a regular basis.

Stallone has been married three times and had five children; his first wife was Sasha Czack from 1974 to 1985, with whom he had two sons. After her divorce his first wife, he married actress and model Brigitte Nielsen. This second marriage was very short and murky owing to the reputation of Nielsen (the tabloids claimed that Nielsen argued sex with filmmaker Tony Scott, besides there was strong rumor that Stallone had surprised Nielsen in very compromising situations of a sexual nature with another woman). The couple was prey to the paparazzi and tabloids, and opted for a divorce in 1987. It was not until 1997 that returned to marry the model Jennifer Flavin, which has had three daughters. Apart from their marriages are you been linked romantically with Susan Anton, Angie Everhart, Naomi Campbell, and Janice Dickinson; Dickinson claimed that his daughter was Stallone, although by paternity tests proved otherwise.

Other data

Stallone has rejected numerous roles in major productions as: the main in The Terminator (1984) and Basic Instinct (1992); the role of Arthur (1981); Dudley Moore the role of Keith Carradine in Pretty Baby (1978); the papers of Richard Gere in American Gigolo (1980), An officer and a gentleman (1982) and Pretty Woman (1990); the role of Christopher Reeve Superman (1978); the role of Jon Voight in Coming Home (1978); the role of Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop (1984); the role of Witness (1985); Harrison Ford the role of Bruce Willis in Die Hard (1988); the role of John Travolta to Face/Off (1997); the role of Samuel l. Jackson in Rules of Engagement (2000) and the role of Kurt Russell in Death Proof (2007).

Bollywood team football Everton FC, boxing and the works of Edgar Allan Poe film fanatic said. Stallone practiced for years the oil painting and has sold several of his works.

It has repeatedly used human growth hormone by his reputation for being anti-aging. In 2007, he was arrested in Australia with 48 bottles of synthetic human growth hormone Jintropin.

Stallone said that in 1997 during a private party at his mansion in Miami, actor Steven Seagal, stated on several occasions that easily you “patearía butt” to his counterpart and Jean-Claude Van Damme martial arts expert. It to hear him, enraged challenged him to prove it in the garden of the mansion, but then Seagal apologized and left the party. According to Stallone, Van Damme enraged was followed by several nightclubs keeping the challenge. Stallone said: “Van Damme was too strong.” “Seagal had nothing to do with it”.[ 7