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Sylvester Stallone

Highest Rated:   96% Antz (1998)
Lowest Rated:   0% Staying Alive (1983)
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Birthplace:   New York City, New York, USA
An icon of machismo and Hollywood action heroism, Sylvester Stallone is responsible for creating two characters who have become a part of the American cultural lexicon: Rocky Balboa, the no-name boxer who overcame all odds to become a champion, and John Rambo, the courageous soldier who specialized in violent rescues and revenge. Both characters are reflections of Stallone's personal experiences and the battles he waged during his transition from a poor kid in Hell's Kitchen to one of the world's most popular stars. According to Stallone, his was not a happy childhood. On July 6, 1946, in the aforementioned part of Manhattan, Sylvester Enzio Stallone was born to a chorine and an Italian immigrant. A forceps accident during his birth severed a facial nerve, leaving Stallone with parts of his lip, tongue, and chin paralyzed. In doing so, the accident imprinted Stallone with some of the most recognizable components of his persona: the distinctively slurred (and some say often nearly incomprehensible) speech patterns, drooping lower lip, and crooked left eye that have been eagerly seized upon by caricaturists. To compound these defects, Stallone was a homely, sickly child who once suffered from rickets. His parents were constantly at war and struggling to support Stallone and his younger brother, Frank Stallone (who became a B-movie actor). The elder brother spent most of his first five years in the care of foster homes. Stallone has said that his interest in acting came from his attempts to get attention and affection from those strangers who tried to raise him. When he was five, his parents moved their family to Silver Spring, MD, but once again spent their time bickering and largely ignored their children. Following his parents' divorce in 1957, the 11-year-old Stallone remained with his stern father. The actor's teen years proved even more traumatic. As Stallone seemed willing to do just about anything for attention, however negative, he had already been enrolled in 12 schools and expelled several times for his behavior problems. His grades were dreadful and his classmates picked on him for being different. Stallone coped by becoming a risk taker and developing elaborate fantasies in which he presented himself as a brave hero and champion of the underdog. At age 15, Stallone moved to Philadelphia to be with his mother and her new husband. By this time, he had begun lifting weights and took up fencing, football, and the discus. He also started appearing in school plays. Following graduation, Stallone received an athletic scholarship for the American College of Switzerland. While there he was a girls' athletic coach and in his spare time starred in a school production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. The experience inspired him to become an actor and after returning stateside, he started studying drama at the University of Miami until he decided to move to New York in 1969. While working a variety of odd jobs, Stallone auditioned frequently but only occasionally found stage work, most of which was off-Broadway in shows like the all-nude Score and Rain. He even resorted to appearing in the softcore porn film, Party at Kitty's and Studs, which was later repackaged as The Italian Stallion after Stallone became famous. Stallone's face and even his deep voice were factors in his constant rejection for stage and film roles. He did nab a bit role in Woody Allen's Bananas (1971), but after he was turned down for The Godfather (1971), Stallone became discouraged. Rather than give up, however, Stallone again developed a coping mechanism -- he turned to writing scripts, lots of scripts, some of which were produced. He still auditioned and landed a starring role in Rebel (1973). During his writing phase, he married actress Sasha Czack in late 1974 and they moved to California in the hopes of building acting careers. His first minor success came when he wrote the screenplay for and co-starred in the nost

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
17% Ratchet & Clank
  • Victor
2016
No Score Yet Rambo: Last Blood
  • John Rambo
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2016
No Score Yet Scarpa
  • Gregory Scarpa
2016
No Score Yet Animal Crackers
  • Bullet-Man
2016
95% Creed
  • Producer
  • Rocky Balboa
$81.2M 2015
4% Reach Me
  • Gerald
2014
32% The Expendables 3
  • Barney Ross
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
$34.8M 2014
78% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
  • Actor
$0.2M 2014
29% Grudge Match
  • Henry "Razor" Sharp
$14.9M 2013
42% Homefront
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
$12.7M 2013
49% Escape Plan
  • Breslin
$18.7M 2013
94% Milius
  • Actor
2013
47% Bullet to the Head
  • James Bonomo
$9.6M 2013
66% The Expendables 2
  • Screenwriter
  • Barney Ross
$85.1M 2012
14% Zookeeper
  • Joe the Lion
$80.4M 2011
No Score Yet Rambo V: The Savage Hunt
  • Actor
  • Director
2011
41% The Expendables
  • Screenwriter
  • Barney Ross
  • Director
$103M 2010
No Score Yet Amerika Idol
  • Actor
2009
37% Rambo (Rambo IV)
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • John Rambo
$42.8M 2008
76% Rocky Balboa
  • Rocky Balboa
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
$70.2M 2006
No Score Yet Ali Rap
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Pele Forever
  • Actor
2005
45% Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over
  • Toymaker
2003
No Score Yet Making 'Avenging Angelo'
  • Frankie Delano
2003
67% Shade
  • The Dean
2003
15% D-Tox (Eye See You)
  • Jake Malloy
2002
13% Avenging Angelo
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Ultimate Fights
  • Actor
2002
14% Driven
  • Joe Tanto
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2001
12% Get Carter
  • Jack Carter
$14.6M 2000
96% Antz
  • Weaver
1998
8% An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn
  • Himself
1998
72% Cop Land
  • Freddy Heflin
1997
26% Daylight
  • Kit Latura
1996
15% Assassins
  • Robert Rath
1995
18% Judge Dredd
  • Judge Dredd
1995
4% The Specialist
  • Ray Quick
1994
No Score Yet Academy Award Winners, The First 50 Years: Volume 10 - Hollywood Comes to Age
  • Actor
1994
64% Demolition Man
  • Sergeant John Spartan
1993
4% Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
  • Joe Bomowski
1992
13% Oscar
  • Angelo 'Snaps' Provolone
1991
28% Rocky V
  • Rocky Balboa
  • Screenwriter
1990
No Score Yet A Man Called...Rainbo
  • Actor
1990
33% Tango & Cash
  • Ray Tango
1989
17% Lock Up
  • Frank Leone
1989
36% Rambo III
  • Screenwriter
  • Rambo
1988
No Score Yet Stars of the Century
  • Actor
1988
43% Over the Top
  • Lincoln Hawk
  • Screenwriter
1987
18% Cobra
  • Lieutenant Marion 'Cobra' Cobretti
1986
39% Rocky IV
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Rocky Balboa
1985
30% Rambo: First Blood Part II
  • Screenwriter
  • Rambo
1985
57% Terror in the Aisles
  • Actor
1984
15% Rhinestone
  • Screenwriter
  • Nick
1984
0% Staying Alive
  • Director
1983
87% First Blood
  • Screenwriter
  • John Rambo
1982
63% Rocky III
  • Rocky
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1982
67% Victory
  • Capt. Robert Hatch
1981
72% Nighthawks
  • Deke DaSilva
1981
73% Rocky II
  • Rocky Balboa
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1979
No Score Yet Paradise Alley
  • Screenwriter
  • Cosmo Carboni
  • Director
1978
80% F.I.S.T.
  • Screenwriter
  • Johnny Kovak
1978
93% Rocky
  • Screenwriter
  • Rocky Balboa
1976
No Score Yet Cannonball
  • Mafioso
1976
84% Farewell, My Lovely
  • Kelly/Jonnie
1975
No Score Yet Capone
  • Frank Nitti
1975
85% Death Race 2000
  • Machine Gun Joe Viterbo
1975
No Score Yet The Prisoner of Second Avenue
  • Youth in Park
1975
67% The Lords of Flatbush
  • Screenwriter
  • Stanley Rosiello
1974
No Score Yet Rebel
  • Actor
1973
88% Bananas
  • Subway Thug
1971
No Score Yet No Place to Hide (Rebel)
  • Actor
1970

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Director's Chair
2014-2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2004
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1997
No Score Yet S.T.R.O.N.G.
2015
  • Host
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer

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