Sylvester Stallone

Highest Rated: 95% Creed (2015)
Lowest Rated: 0% Staying Alive (1983)
Birthday: Jul 6, 1946
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 nostalgic Lords of Flatbush (1974)

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
17% Backtrace
  • Sykes
$NaN 2018
83% Creed II
  • Screenwriter
  • Rocky Balboa
$NaN 2018
No Score Yet Retracer
  • Actor
$NaN 2018
No Score Yet Escape Plan 2 (Double Feature with Escape Plan)
  • Ray Breslin
$NaN 2018
9% Escape Plan 2: Hades
  • Ray Breslin
$NaN 2018
No Score Yet John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs
  • Actor
$NaN 2017
No Score Yet John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs
  • Actor
$NaN 2017
18% Ratchet & Clank
  • Victor
$NaN 2016
No Score Yet Rambo: Last Blood
  • John Rambo
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$NaN 2016
No Score Yet Scarpa
  • Gregory Scarpa
$NaN 2016
No Score Yet Animal Crackers
  • Bullet-Man
$NaN 2016
95% Creed
  • Rocky Balboa
  • Producer
$NaN 2015
4% Reach Me
  • Gerald
$NaN 2014
32% The Expendables 3
  • Barney Ross
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
$NaN 2014
78% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
  • Actor
$NaN 2014
30% Grudge Match
  • Henry "Razor" Sharp
$NaN 2013
42% Homefront
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
$NaN 2013
50% Escape Plan
  • Breslin
$NaN 2013
94% Milius
  • Actor
$NaN 2013
46% Bullet to the Head
  • James Bonomo
$NaN 2013
67% The Expendables 2
  • Screenwriter
  • Barney Ross
$NaN 2012
14% Zookeeper
  • Joe the Lion
$NaN 2011
No Score Yet Rambo V: The Savage Hunt
  • Director
  • Actor
$NaN 2011
42% The Expendables
  • Screenwriter
  • Barney Ross
  • Director
$NaN 2010
No Score Yet Amerika Idol
  • Actor
$NaN 2009
37% Rambo (Rambo IV)
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • John Rambo
$NaN 2008
77% Rocky Balboa
  • Screenwriter
  • Rocky Balboa
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
$NaN 2006
No Score Yet Ali Rap
  • Actor
$NaN 2006
No Score Yet Pele Forever
  • Actor
$NaN 2005
44% Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over
  • Toymaker
$NaN 2003
No Score Yet Making 'Avenging Angelo'
  • Frankie Delano
$NaN 2003
67% Shade
  • The Dean
$NaN 2003
15% D-Tox (Eye See You)
  • Jake Malloy
$NaN 2002
13% Avenging Angelo
  • Actor
$NaN 2002
No Score Yet Ultimate Fights
  • Actor
$NaN 2002
14% Driven
  • Joe Tanto
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
$NaN 2001
11% Get Carter
  • Jack Carter
$NaN 2000
93% Antz
  • Weaver
$NaN 1998
8% An Alan Smithee Film: Burn, Hollywood, Burn
  • Himself
$NaN 1998
73% Cop Land
  • Freddy Heflin
$NaN 1997
26% Daylight
  • Kit Latura
$NaN 1996
15% Assassins
  • Robert Rath
$NaN 1995
17% Judge Dredd
  • Judge Dredd
$NaN 1995
7% The Specialist
  • Ray Quick
$NaN 1994
No Score Yet Academy Award Winners, The First 50 Years: Volume 10 - Hollywood Comes to Age
  • Actor
$NaN 1994
61% Demolition Man
  • Sergeant John Spartan
$NaN 1993
8% Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
  • Joe Bomowski
$NaN 1992
12% Oscar
  • Angelo 'Snaps' Provolone
$NaN 1991
26% Rocky V
  • Rocky Balboa
  • Screenwriter
$NaN 1990
No Score Yet A Man Called...Rainbo
  • Actor
$NaN 1990
33% Tango & Cash
  • Ray Tango
$NaN 1989
17% Lock Up
  • Frank Leone
$NaN 1989
39% Rambo III
  • Screenwriter
  • Rambo
$NaN 1988
No Score Yet Stars of the Century
  • Actor
$NaN 1988
40% Over the Top
  • Lincoln Hawk
  • Screenwriter
$NaN 1987
17% Cobra
  • Lieutenant Marion 'Cobra' Cobretti
$NaN 1986
38% Rocky IV
  • Screenwriter
  • Rocky Balboa
  • Director
$NaN 1985
34% Rambo: First Blood Part II
  • Screenwriter
  • Rambo
$NaN 1985
57% Terror in the Aisles
  • Actor
$NaN 1984
15% Rhinestone
  • Screenwriter
  • Nick
$NaN 1984
0% Staying Alive
  • Producer
$NaN 1983
88% First Blood
  • Screenwriter
  • John Rambo
$NaN 1982
65% Rocky III
  • Rocky
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$NaN 1982
67% Victory
  • Capt. Robert Hatch
$NaN 1981
74% Nighthawks
  • Deke DaSilva
$NaN 1981
71% Rocky II
  • Rocky Balboa
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$NaN 1979
No Score Yet Paradise Alley
  • Screenwriter
  • Cosmo Carboni
  • Director
$NaN 1978
80% F.I.S.T.
  • Johnny Kovak
  • Screenwriter
$NaN 1978
93% Rocky
  • Screenwriter
  • Rocky Balboa
$NaN 1976
No Score Yet Cannonball
  • Mafioso
$NaN 1976
84% Farewell, My Lovely
  • Kelly/Jonnie
$NaN 1975
No Score Yet Capone
  • Frank Nitti
$NaN 1975
83% Death Race 2000
  • Machine Gun Joe Viterbo
$NaN 1975
No Score Yet The Prisoner of Second Avenue
  • Youth in Park
$NaN 1975
67% The Lords of Flatbush
  • Stanley Rosiello
  • Screenwriter
$NaN 1974
No Score Yet Rebel
  • Actor
$NaN 1973
88% Bananas
  • Subway Thug
$NaN 1971
No Score Yet No Place to Hide (Rebel)
  • Actor
$NaN 1970

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Ultimate Beastmaster
2017
  • Producer
  • 2017
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
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Contender
2005-2009
  • Executive Producer
  • Host
  • Appearing
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Las Vegas
2003-2008
  • Frank
  • 2005
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 1997
100% The Muppet Show
1976-1981
  • Guest
  • 1979
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
  • 1975
No Score Yet S.T.R.O.N.G.
2015
  • Executive Producer
  • Host
  • Producer

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